This is my first blog post! Hooah! Thanks for taking the time to visit my website. I have the biography information up so please check that out along with my link section, and book recommendations. I just wanted to let people know that I did preach my first sermon finally- last Sunday near Fort Jackson. I was such in a hurry to preach about what God wanted me to I kind of got caught up in the moment. I spoke with my Chaplain Assistant and after talking to soldiers and coming new into my unit, I felt I needed to preach 2 Thessalonians. Don’t ask me why. I like to prepare sometimes by having a huge well thought of sermon. This was last minute, put together and I wish I had more time to craft it. But in the Army you are not always afforded that luxury.
A little background about Thessalonians, Paul is writing to them because of their experienced hostility and worried about their faith (1 Thes 3: 5). I look at Thessalonians as a mirror today of what is going on in the church. Paul had to look at the churches troubles from false doctrines, persecution, unruly members and he uses the letter of 2 Thessalonians for teaching and correction. Paul’s letter shows the confident love and hope we have in Christ and his anchor in a hopeless and fallen world.
I decided to use 2 Thessalonians 3: 1-5, ” 1 Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you. 2 Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer. 3 But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. 4 And we are confident in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we commanded you. 5 May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.”
This passage is potent and powerful message that as all believers we need to heed to. The context into which the 2nd letter was written was of the constant persecution of the church in Thessalonians encountered not to mention spewing of false teaching that the Day of the Lord was already here (verse 2:2). I find this passage uplifting and comforting.
- Verse 1: Pray for believers (we are brothers and sisters in Christ) and face trials, temptations and need each other to get through.
- Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly & Honored where is goes.
I think that as believers we need each other in our ministry for God. We cannot do this alone. If we are going to spread the gospel and evangelize it cannot be by our own means and power, but with the help of other believers and the Holy Spirit. Verse 2 says that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and honored where it goes. Do you hear the Lord’s message being honored today? If so who has spoken it and have they been honored as a Representative of God? Spread rapidly; that means that to try to reach as many people to hear it. Is your church doing that? Are you doing that?
- Verse 2: Pray for believers to be rescued from the wicked.
- Not everyone is a believer
We forget that Christians are persecuted today- in their families, in the workplace, at home, in other countries that are hostile to the Word of God and Truth. Until we die, this Earth will remain rebellious in sin and hostile to the Word of God and especially to those that follow Jesus.
The rest of Chapter 3: 3-4 goes on to remind us about the Lord’s promises and the power as we as believers have in him.
- The Lord is faithful he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.
- And we are confident in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we commanded you.
Finally verse 5 tells us about the full love of God and to have endurance and patience as believers where we go and what we face. I think too many Christians today don’t realize the power they have with God and the Holy Spirit. I think we need to know God’s promises more fully and to believe in them and only then will we have the power of God to accomplish them.