WOW! WHAT A CHURCH! In our day the Church at Thessalonica in the first century would be quite unusual and that is sad to say. All the quoted verses below are from 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10 NIV. This church preached the Lord’s message and everyone in the whole area and even at a distance knew about the message of God they preached. They unashamedly preached God’s Word and the message of salvation in Jesus Christ. What a contrast with many churches today who have forgotten the message they should be preaching. The Apostle Paul said it this way, “The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us.”
Another thing about this church is that the people used to worship idols. A lot like our generation if you think about it. But they turned from idols and began to serve the living and true God. This is a good reminder of what should happen to every true believer in Jesus Christ. We should not be sitting Christians but rather we should be serving Christians. Again, Paul said it like this, “They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.” What are you and your church doing to serve God? And one last thing. These Christians at Thessalonica had an expectation that the resurrected Jesus was returning from heaven soon. In their understanding of God’s message and Word, Jesus was going to rescue them from God’s wrath to be poured out upon an ungodly world. Paul stated that while they were serving Jesus they should “wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead —Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” Are you and your church looking for the soon return of Jesus? Are you living each day like Jesus may return today? And are you serving Jesus and sharing His message far and wide?