1 Thessalonians (The One About the Love We Share)

1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13

12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,

increase= pleonazó (pleh-on-ad’-zo): to grow numerically, abound in number.

abound= perisseuó (per-is-syoo’-o): to be over and above. To exceed beyond the expected measure. To “super-abound”

13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father

1 Peter 1:15-16 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

God wants us to abound and super-abound in love. Love for Him, for one another, and for all. (Because we can’t be blameless in holiness if we aren’t abounding in love.)

Questions:

Are you abounding and super-abounding in your love for one another?

John 13:14-15
John 15:12-13

Are you abounding and super-abounding in your love for all?

Matthew 5:43-45

Are you abounding and super-abounding in your love for God?

Matthew 22:37

God wants us to abound and super-abound in love. Love for Him, for one another, and for all. (Because we can’t be blameless in holiness if we aren’t abounding in love.)

1 Thessalonians 2:1-13 (The One About The Hard Work of Ministry)

Our FAITH should result in work(s)
Our LOVE should result in labor
Our HOPE should result in perseverance
1 Thessalonians week 2 title
1 Thessalonians 2:1-16

Question: We have been entrusted with the hope of the gospel. Are we handling well what God has entrusted to us?

The hard work of ministry involves:
Painful labor
Personal sacrifice
Possible opposition

Question: Are we willing to engage in the hard work of ministry?

Question: Will we do so when it means great conflict and opposition? Are we doing so when there is very little resistance at all?

Question: Are we people who strive to be commended for our work of faith, labor of love and steadfastness of hope?