Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor.
If you have spent any time around New Life, you will recall the statement “I want to get into God’s Word, until God’s Word gets into me.” A major emphasis at New Life this past year has been to encourage our faith community to engage the content in the Bible on a regular basis. If you have started this discipline you recognize the frustration of regularly starting and stopping the process.
The Old Testament is full of prophets who carried the banner for justice. Habakkuk was a prophet to Judah prior to the Babylonian exile. His prophecy came around 600 B.C. and much of his prophecy is filled with questions. These questions where stirred up in his mind because the evil that surrounded him in a culture that had turned from God. Notice his lament in the first few verses…
This past Sunday we spent time looking at a model church in the book of 2 Thessalonians. As you reflect on 2 Thessalonians 1:1-5 it is obvious that this church had a mature faith that produced authentic love for one another and tenacious hope in Christ. The idea of hope is not specific to the Thessalonians, it is the heart of the gospel and it is present in every scripture passage found in the Bible.
This Sunday we begin a study in the book of 2 Thessalonians. You will quickly discover that Paul intends to bring encouragement to a church experiencing confusion, disillusionment, and discouragement. The reason they had such heavy hearts is because they believed that they had missed the second coming of Christ. As a result Paul responds with instructions about Judgment Day: the day of transition between redemption and restoration.
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