Mark Pender encourages us with this message about hope from 1 Thessalonians.
Paul uses a literary technique of contrasts in this section. Some examples – Light contrast Dark, Sober contrast Drunk, Asleep contrast Awake. Is Salvation the contrast of wrath (v9)?
Martin L King Jr said “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” How did Paul model this? In what ways have you seen others model this?
We’re not the church in Thessalonica, but how do you think these passages can be encouraging for us today?
V8 says we are to put on faith, love, and hope. Do these qualities naturally flow out of a believer’s life or do we need to be purposeful and intentional in being faithful, loving and hopeful each day?