Thessalonica: A Working Church
The Thessalonian church was a working Church. Paul expressed gratitude toward God for their enthusiasm and tirelessness (1 Thes. 1:8-10). Shockingly, not very many assemblies are working with the excitement that described these brethren. We should consider their work and what made them so industrious.
They Were Workers
From the earliest starting point they were occupied with a “full program” of work. They were evangelistic. In addition to the fact that they were caught up with attempting to change over the lost in their group, however Paul portrays them as sounding out the word in Macedonia, Achaia and “in each place” (1 Thes. 1:8).
They were altruistic. The Thessalonians were incorporated into the “considerable accumulation” for the holy people in Jerusalem (Rom. 15:26). Aristarchus and Secundus were the detachments of the congregation in taking the accumulation to Jerusalem (Acts 20:4). Paul described their giving as sprightly and a show of magnanimity (2 Cor. 8:1). Their prepared execution was utilized for instance to empower the Corinthians in finishing their purposed interest in a similar work (2 Cor. 9:1-6).
They illuminated each other. The consideration of the congregation was not turned just outward. The senior citizens saw their obligation to observe precisely over the holy people under their charge (1 Thes. 5:11-14). Some were powerless, others were insubordinate. In any case, all got the required consideration (2 Thes. 3:6-15).
The Working Conditions
The congregation at Thessalonica started in the throes of mistreatment. The unbelieving Jews in Thessalonica were exceedingly desirous of the achievement which went to the proclaiming of the Gospel (Acts 17:4-5). They utilized their impact to mix up a horde through deception (Acts 17:6-7). Paul’s recently made believers and generous hosts were subjected to attack, common indictment and financial abuse (Acts 17:8-9). Paul in composing of their abuse compared it in seriousness to what he drove against the holy places of Judea (1 Thes. 2:14-16).
Be that as it may, mistreatment was not all they confronted – they needed to conquer profound destitution (2 Cor. 8:2). Without a doubt, their conditions were not as desperate as the holy people in Jerusalem or Paul would not have requested their investment in the gathering (Rom. 15:26; 2 Cor. 8:13-14). In any case, their conditions were sufficiently disheartening that there blessing was compared unto the humbling of Christ (2 Cor. 8:9). Paul in making correlation with the capacity of the Corinthians depicts their capacity as wealth in contrast with what the Macedonians could do.
What Makes A Church Work?
What roused these holy people to such work, drudge and perseverance? What do we have to do to get God’s kin to work like that today in a land that is prosperous and which secures the free exercise of our religion?
The congregation in Thessalonica worked in light of the fact that they had confidence, love and expectation (1 Thes. 1:5). These profound fortunes dropped by hearing the Word of God lectured (Rom. 10:17). It can’t be lectured with sweet talk or out of avarice and have the coveted outcomes. It must be lectured with effortlessness, genuineness and give up to succeed (1 Thes. 2:1-11). The Thessalonians got the Gospel as the legitimate message of Heaven (1 Thes. 2:13). Their hearts were interested in its truth and formed by its energy. The congregation would go to work today if the lecterns were sounding for the Word of God and not the expressions of men.
They worked on the grounds that they had an illustration (1 Thes. 1:6). Paul, Silas and Timothy had exhibited adequate energy for the Gospel (1 Thes. 2:9-11). They worked vigorously. They cherished the brethren unselfishly. They cautioned the brethren delicately. Places of worship today are waxing icy in light of the fact that there are no older folks, ministers and evangelists willing to do what it takes to set the best possible case. The rush won’t go where the shepherds won’t lead.
Thessalonica worked on the grounds that their lives were changed by atonement (1 Thes. 1:9). Paul says the Thessalonians “swung to God from symbols to serve.” Repentance is one product of the gospel (Matt. 12:41). It generally brings about a changed existence with changed needs (2 Cor. 7:10-11). We won’t go to work for the Lord until we turn from our objects of worship (Eph. 5:5).
Thessalonica worked in light of the fact that they had a brilliant objective (1 Thes. 1:10). Their work, enduring and yield were altogether placed in context when seen looking toward Glory. We would do well today to hold our cankered belonging up to sky light and get a decent take a gander at the way things truly are.
Will this assemblage be a working church like the brethren at Thessalonica? It can be, however you will be the deciding element. What of your confidence? Are there sins taking your heart from God? It is safe to say that you will be a case to others? These are the things that will have the effect.