• Dealing with Troubled People

    1 Thessalonians 5:14

    John Calvin comments that “severity must be tempered with some degree of [leniency], even in dealing with the unruly.” We must show patience to everyone, even those with whom it is hardest to be patient. After all, Christian growth is ...Read More

  • Respecting Church Leaders

    1 Thessalonians 5:12–13

    Respect for church elders is in view primarily in today’s passage, but Paul’s admonitions apply also to deacons and others who exercise leadership roles in the congregation. We must esteem our church leaders in love, not gossiping about them or ...Read More

  • Destined Not for Wrath but for Salvation

    1 Thessalonians 5:9–11

    Growing in holiness today prepares us for the time when we will be perfectly holy in our glorification. And when we pursue holiness, we prove that we belong to Christ and are destined for salvation. All this is grounded in ...Read More

  • How to Wait for Christ’s Return

    1 Thessalonians 5:4–8

    Some people have waited for Christ’s coming by selling everything and heading for the hills to look for Jesus. But that is not how we are to look for Christ. Instead, we are to go about our daily business, fulfilling ...Read More

  • Like a Thief in the Night

    1 Thessalonians 5:1–3

    John Calvin comments, “Believers do not desire to know more than they are permitted to learn in God’s school.“ One of the hardest things to do as a believer is to not try to figure out what God has not ...Read More

  • Spoken Faith in a Risen Lord

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  • Caught Up in the Clouds

    1 Thessalonians 4:17–18

    The doctrine of the return of Christ and the resurrection of the dead is a great comfort to believers. It assures us that life continues after death and that Jesus will by no means fail to punish the impenitent and ...Read More

  • The Return of Christ

    1 Thessalonians 4:15–16

    Are you looking forward to the coming of the Lord, to the parousia of Christ? It is easy for us to get so caught up in our everyday activities that we forget that Jesus is coming and that He could ...Read More

  • Glory through Jesus

    1 Thessalonians 4:14

    We have been living in the last days since the death and resurrection of Christ. As such, Jesus could return at any moment, and so we need to be ready for His coming. We prepare ourselves now for His return ...Read More

  • Grieving with Hope

    1 Thessalonians 4:13

    Grief when a loved one dies is not wrong. Even Jesus wept at Lazarus’ death (John 11:35). But we should not despair or respond to death as non-Christians do, for we know that those who die in Christ will live ...Read More

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