In the middle of this second term Hope City will turn 3 years old! We’re still a very young church in the early stages of our development. In light of this we’re going to spend the term looking at the book of 1 Thessalonians in a sermons series entitled, “Open Letter to a Young Church”.
In our present political and economic climate just about everyone is writing open letters to everyone else in the media in an attempt to provide critique, solutions, and steps for forward progress. Well what if the apostle Paul, inspired by the Spirit of God, were to write an open letter to us? What if he were to write an open letter to a young fledgling church, in a city where worshipping Jesus is quickly going out of fashion? We don’t have to wonder what that letter would look like, because we already have it in 1 Thessalonians.
Paul was only able to spend a few weeks establishing a community of believers in the ancient city of Thessalonica before anti-Christian persecution forced him to flee for his life. Although he couldn’t be present with the church he was desperate to instruct them in his absence – to firm them up in their gospel commitments. As a result he penned the book of 1 Thessalonians. Over the coming weeks we’re going to dig into this letter and see what God, through Paul, would say to our church. Join us, invite your friends, and let’s explore this potentially life transforming open letter together.