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A “Community Devotional” based on 1 Thessalonians 5

  SCRIPTURES     REFERENCE TO THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY 1 Th 5:1 Transitioning to a new section, Paul begins his thought referring to the recipients of his letter once again as family. In using the word “brothers” he is conveying a few things:… Continue Reading “A “Community Devotional” based on 1 Thessalonians 5”

A “Community Devotional” based on 1 Thessalonians 4

  Scriptures     Reference to the Importance of Community   1 Th 4:6 Sin hurts the sinner, his or her circle of relationships, and the Lord (4:8). This same concept is communicated through Paul’s use of the body metaphor for the Church…God’s people… Continue Reading “A “Community Devotional” based on 1 Thessalonians 4”

A “Community Devotional” based on 1 Thess 2:17-3

  SCRIPTURES     REFERENCE TO THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY 1 Th 2:17 This verse leaves no room for doubting Paul’s love for the believers in Thessalonica. The phrase “torn away” is translated as “orphaned,” recalling the apostle’s parent-child metaphor (see v. 7, 11).… Continue Reading “A “Community Devotional” based on 1 Thess 2:17-3”

A “Community Devotional” based on 1 Thess 2:1-16

  Scriptures     Reference to the Importance of Community   1 Th 2:1 The believers in Thessalonica knew Paul because of how he lived among them. The following chapter gives us an instruction manual of sorts on how we can be an effective… Continue Reading “A “Community Devotional” based on 1 Thess 2:1-16”

A “Community Devotional” based on 1 Thessalonians 1

Scriptures Reference to the Importance of Community 1 Th 1:1 The only time we find Paul alone is when he was subjected to forced isolation. Otherwise, you see the apostle with his missionary companions. The Gospels and letters that make up the New Testament… Continue Reading “A “Community Devotional” based on 1 Thessalonians 1”