As a house church we’re reading 1 Thessalonians together. (chapter 1) Here are some of the things we drew out from 1 Thessalonians 2
Time spent investing in church is not ‘failure’ (v.1)
This despite suffering, insults, strong opposition (v.2), toil & hardship (v.9), hostility & enemies (v.14-15) and the work of Satan (v.18). Being on mission with Christ requires some toughness. Do we have it?
We’re to try and please God (v.4) who tests our hearts and not people (v.6). Who are you trying to please the most?
The Gospel is to be told (v.2), shared (v.8), preached (v.9), heard & received (v.13). Who can you tell, share, or even preach the Gospel to?
Leadership should not come from a desire to deceive, trick or for financial gain (v.3-6)
Instead leadership should be gentle like a mother (v.7), encouraging, comforting and challenging like a father (v.12), with open lives (v.8)
A church whose ‘lives are worthy of God’ (v.12) are the glory, crown and joy for their leaders (v.19-20)