A Tenacious Church Essay

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A TENACIOUS CHURCH
II THESSALONIANS 1:3-4

SUBJECT COMING FROM VERSE FOUR

Paul, Silvanus and Timotheus, in his letter to the Thessalonians, saw it fitting to give thanks to God always for the brethren, at the church of the Thessalonians, because of how their faith had grown and the charity and love they had shown toward each other in troublesome times.

In Paul‘s first letter to the Thessalonians, he preached and taught about three weeks, almost every major doctrine of the Christian faith. Although Paul’s visit to Thessalonica was short, his ministry was long enough to leave a solid foundation for a thriving church. After leaving and going to Athens, Paul leaves Timothy and Silvanus behind to help the new church by way of
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The message for the church today is that this church had now faith, they had substance, hope, and last they had the evidence of the thing they could not see with the natural. This body of believers had faith in God, and without faith it is impossible to please God. Apostle Paul praised God for this church; he encouraged this church to praise God, knowing that praise is a good weapon to fight Satan, especially when being persecuted. Paul understood that prayer was the main tool, but he also realized that praise also, has a way of changing people and situations. David said, “Oh that if men would just praise God.” He said it again and again, “Oh that if men would just praise God to the children of men.”

So then, Paul realizes that everything can praise God, but everything cannot worship God. They that worship him must worship him in sprit and in truth. Paul understood that giving thanks to God comes before praise. One first must realize what he is thanking God for; “In everything give thanks.” Paul was giving thanksgiving to the Lord for the church, and how they were enduring, through their troublesome time. The church are the born again ones that have been called out and set apart for the service of God. Jesus told his disciples “ye are the light of the world, ye are salt, ye are my witness, and ye are my disciples.” God told the children of Israel I have chosen you to show forth the praise of him that has called you out of darkness, and into the marvelous

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