The Church’s Purpose

Read 1 Thessalonians 5

What is the purpose of the church?

Paul was very specific about this in his letter to the Thessalonians. They were a church founded in Macedonia, present day Greece. Paul commended their faith and willingness to spread the gospel.

Paul did not want to see them fail or turn from God. He gave them quite a bit of instruction in his letters to them.

Some of Paul’s letters are admonishing, but this letter is one of encouragement. In fact, in 1 Thessalonians 5 he tells them their purpose is to encourage and respect each other. He says we are to admonish the idol and to encourage the faint hearted. Help the weak and be patient with everyone.

This whole passage will transform a person if they follow it. I know for me this will be my goal, to become Paul’s direction for the church.

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” -1 Thessalonians 5:11-22

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