Worship Guide for September 6
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1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
6 But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love and reported that you always remember us kindly and long to see us, as we long to see you— 7 for this reason, brothers, in all our distress and affliction we have been comforted about you through your faith. 8 For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord. 9 For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, 10 as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?
11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, 12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
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Summary: Paul rejoices over the good news that accompanies this letter as he hears how well the church is doing, even in difficult times. As you remember, Paul planted the church as recorded in Acts 17.1-9. In the brief time he was there he saw faith and love born in these people through the preaching of the gospel, he saw the power of the Spirit convicting them of sin as they turned away from worshipping idols. Reading through this letter, one cannot help but see Paul’s affectionate care for them as he describes himself as gentle with them as a nursing mother to her own children to them. Paul’s heart was not simply filled with affection but also concern over this young church which eventuated in him sending Timothy to establish, exhort and to warn them to persevere. After giving thanks, he turns to prayer. Consider how the role of thankfulness in the fellowship of the saints leads to prayer. If longing and laboring are foundations of biblical fellowship, thankfulness and prayer are the fruit of it.
Review and Apply:
How has the faith of others strengthened or comforted you? Can you share this with the person?
Over whom do you give thanks to God? Have you shared this with them? Why or why not?
What does it look like to supply what is lacking in the faith or another? Give examples over the past month.
How does the gospel enable you to increase in love for others in this church and outside its walls?
How should this passage shape my Christian life?
How are your views of love, faith and holiness challenged by this passage?