I Thes. 1

  • The return of Jesus is mentioned in each of the chapters
  • The Church is in the Lord – not a man, or a denomination.
  • It’s so important for us to be praying for each other.
  • We have a lot of power in our prayers
  • George Mueller & his 5 college friends
  • 65 years of praying for his friend
  • Paul’s fruit among the Thessalonians came through the teaching of the Word.
  • Acts 17:11
  • Chuck Smith was always ministering – so much for the “you gotta take a break!” guys…d’oh…
  • Whatever we’re doing today for the Lord should be a work of faith.
  • Pastoring the church takes faith
  • The day you stop loving the people is the day you walk out.
  • Labor of love – I.e., no strings attached.
  • No fingerprints.
  • We get “it” (it being a labor of love) when the devil knocks you down, & the Lord holds you & picks you back up.
  • Patience of hope – trust Him to work & deliver you.
  • Hope comes through affliction
  • If any man boast, let him boast that he knows & understands Me…
  • God will shake us, test us – do I really love Him, really love the people?
  • I should always give thanks to God for/in the ministry – not complain, not become embittered, not backtalk
  • “Mike, it’s just a bump in the road.”
  • Do I want to go on with the Lord? Then the afflictions will come.
  • These three things:
    • The Word
    • The Holy Spirit
    • Much assurance
        The last comes only with the first two.
  • I need to be an example even in how I suffer, forgive, & live in & give out grace.