Growing In... Family (Growing In... #7) (1 Thessalonians 5:12-26)Hilary Williams, 14/04/2019
Part of the Growing In... series, preached at a Pulpit Series service
1 Thessalonians 5:12-28. Ps Hilary Williams concludes our Growing In series looking at Paul's closing comments to the Thessalonians. The apostle's call to service is counter cultural, and turns the way we naturally see community - and sometimes, ministry - on its head. We are called to live in such a way that we serve one another, and love each other deeply. In a fitting close to our series, we realise that this expression of church life is both supernatural, and magnetic to the world.
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1 Thessalonians 5:12-26
12 We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.
23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
25 Brothers, pray for us.
26 Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. (ESV)