We want to welcome each one of you to Union Avenue this morning! If you are a first time guest, would you take just a moment and fill out the information section of your "Order of Worship" and turn it in when the offering plates are passed before my message?
Struggles, we all have them. We struggle as individuals, as a family, in the midst of national crisis and even as a the church. A struggle is a time to reflect, to understand and to learn.
Today our focus will be in 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 and highlight the fact that the church was genuine, dynamic as well as contagious. Paul applauded the church for their faith, labor, and the endurance they exhibited from the hope they had in Jesus Christ. In the midst of building the church and overcoming the struggles of the culture the church still choose to lay down idols and follow Christ. Today as we read over this passage consider the following things;
- What are some idols to which you cling? How do these idols compete with your loyalty to Christ?
- How are you living for Christ today and do you have hope for tomorrow?
- What was it like the first time that you truly understood the gospel? How did you respond to the message?
Serving Him, Pastor Jeff