July 26, 2015
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
2 Thessalonians 2
Strengthening Our Foundation
Today we are on our last day of our sermon series called Foundations, based on 1st and 2nd Thessalonians. During this series Paul has encouraged the church at Thessalonica to build their foundation on standing firm with Christ, maintaining sexual morality, hoping in Christ Return and trusting Jesus despite evil and persecution. Paul ends his letter with the greatest foundational element of all, and that is Prayer.
Prayer is a foundational element to our faith life. Bottom line, prayer gives us new life.
For Paul’s final challenge to the church at Thessalonica, he warns against idleness and warns those who are participating in the body but not willing to do any of the work. Some folks in the church community in Thessalonica were slacking off. Paul called them busy bodies doing things here and there so they look busy but not really committing to the work of the community rather relying on the goodwill of others.
The church, the Kingdom of God takes all of us!
Romans 12:4 For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.
The church is not the building; it is the people being who we are called to be, every day of the week, wherever God has us.
Start asking God to reveal to you where you are compelled, in order to make a Kingdom difference somewhere, and I believe God will reveal it to you.