1 Thessalonians

NT Church - The church is not ashamed to bear the reproach of Christ.

For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus; for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews (1 Thess. 2:14). It is not the name of a local church that distinguishes it as being a pattern of the New Testament. The church may have a very unique title such as "The New Testament Church of Jesus Christ" and yet it may not follow the pattern displayed in the New Testament. It is not even the cree...

NT Church - Its gatherings are surrounded by prayer.

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together.........(Acts 4:31). Peter therefore was kept in prison; but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him......Peter came to the house of Mary the mother of John, where many were gathered together praying (Acts 12:5,12). Pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). If prayer indicates our dependency on God, the Father, as His children, and if the church is depen...

Young Men - Foreign Fields or Home Assembly?

Those who have already been raised up and are discharging the duties of oversight should watch the lives of young men, with a view to discerning what the Spirit of God is doing in them to prepare for the continuance of such responsibilities. And let younger men seek help from God to live and walk according to the Scriptures, in holiness and righteousness, in absolute devotion to Christ, in separation from the world, so that if the Holy Spirit should give them the privilege of continuing the testimony of an assembly and acting as overseers, they may be ready for recognition by the assembly, according to 1 Thessalonians 5:12, 13.

We can be thankful to God for calling and preparing numbers of men for the work of the gospel in this and other lands. But it is from existing assemblies that such are commended to God, Acts 13:1–3; 16:1–3, and commendation is given by those who are stewards of God, caring for the assembly life and testimony, tending the flock, Acts 20:28. It should be borne in mind that these overseeing brethren were formerly young men whom the Lord was preparing for the carrying out of such responsibilities. Let assemblies pray for the raising up of such, especially in days of abounding error and departure from the teaching of the Word of God. The missionary calling may be more attractive than that of an overseer in a local assembly, but those who, being exercised in heart about it, seek to respond to the call and prepare themselves accordingly, will receive present help from the Lord, and reward in the day to come.

Conversion: What is it?

Conversion: What is it? C. H. Mackintosh. Part 1 1 Thessalonians 1 presents a very striking and beautiful picture of what we may truly call genuine conversion. We propose to study the picture in company with the reader. If we are not much mistaken, we shall find the study at once interesting and profitable. It will furnish an answer, distinct and clear, to the question which stands at the head of this article, namely, What is conversion? Nor is this by any means a small matter. It is well,...

Sanctification: What is it?

Sanctification: What is it? C. H. Mackintosh. To minister peace and comfort to those who, though truly converted, have not laid hold of a full Christ, and who, as a consequence, are not enjoying the liberty of the gospel, is the object we have in view in considering the important and deeply-interesting subject of sanctification. We believe that very many of those, whose spiritual welfare we desire to promote, suffer materially from defective, or erroneous, ideas on this vital question. Indee...

The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ

The Personal return of the Son of God from Heaven is the hope of the Believer and of the Church. This is the great event to which the Lord Himself has directed the hearts of His people. It was for this that the saints of early days were looking. The Church in her early love and beauty was waiting for her Lord, as the expectant bride with yearning heart, waits for her bridegroom. To see the One who loved her and who was loved by her was her hope. But the mists of traditions soon arose, and “...
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