Doug Schorle 05-01-2022 // Excel Still More; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Throughout Paul's letter, he has overflowed with praise for this young church. He has been impressed by their faith in the face of persecution. Despite their young status, this church already distinguished itself as an example of faith and love to the churches in Macedonia and Achaia, that is, Greece.
But now Paul moves on to so-called practical matters. Answering questions as well as addressing issues within the church, Paul starts by noting their faithful walk with God, encouraging them to excel still more. And Paul starts in an area which has the potential to deeply influence the church, both then and today; the area of sexual immorality. This is a topic which affects us today, drawing away both young and old from a faithful walk with the Lord.
Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May the Lord bless you through the teaching His Holy Word.