We’ve been walking through this letter, 1 Thessalonians. Throughout the book, Paul has been challenging and encouraging us to embrace the refining work of God and develop in us A Real Life Faith.
One of the resonating and recurring themes is that a real life faith is forged in fire.
The late Adrian Rogers often said, “A faith that’s not been tested can’t be trusted.” There’s something to that.
Our faith never really gets strengthened unless it gets tested. It’s like a muscle. And the kind of faith that will go the distance, A Real Life Faith, is Forged in Fire.
As we turn the corner into chapter two of 1 Thessalonians, we find Paul recalling the way he and his team engaged in their ministry to these people. It was good. It had been bad. But they were bold.
The effect of his team’s work in Thessalonica was good. Paul wrote:
“For you yourselves know, brothers, that our coming to you was not in vain.”
There was much fruit in the work that they had done. Many believed. Their faith was thriving despite their challenging circumstances. They came and bore fruit in Thessalonica. And the fruit was good. Continue reading The Good, The Bad, and The Bold
This message kicked off our journey through 1 Thessalonians that I am calling, A Real Life Faith.
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I encourage you to trust the Blacksmith. Consider His handiwork. And look to see who is following you.