THIS WEEK WE'RE IN:
CAN OUR LEADERS BE TRUSTED?
part ONE DIVE
As you study Thessalonians, you’ll realise how hard it must have been for Paul. The guy is trying to plant new churches, he’s been beaten, people are rioting against him and he’s having to move from area to area – not because he wants to, but because he is forced out. And after facing so many attacks from the people, he discovers that there are people following behind him, going into the churches he’s just planted, and causing chaos. We know from the Snapshot video this week that false teachers had come in and were telling the people that Paul didn’t come back to visit them because he didn’t care, and putting doubts about Paul into the new convert’s minds.
Now, having read the New Testament and studied it for years, I am aware of how passionate Paul is about Jesus, the church and his people. I mean, you read the letters that he is writing and all of them express his love and concern for the people. Each of them are passionate and pastoral, showing his heart for the Church. Paul’s in prison and still making sure they are okay! He is not shy in conveying his love for the churches, calling them ‘brothers and sisters’ and ‘my beloved’.