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11/19/2009

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What If Paul Wrote To Our Church?


"Now about brotherly love we do not need to write you" (1 Thess. 4:9).

Paul wrote to at least seven churches. These letters constitute an important part of our New Testaments. I find it a bit intriguing to think of what Paul might have written to my church. There are probably some things I can rule out almost immediately. We've done a pretty good job on our landscaping around the building and someone cuts the grass regularly. We have message on our sign out front that is changed weekly. We get favorable comments on it all the time. We just got a new copying machine yesterday so we can run off our bulletins better. It even has a fax option. We have a fellowship dinner after services every second Sunday and simple suppers before Bible study on Wednesday nights. We can really cook up a storm. As you can probably tell, I'm have some fun with this and I am sure that you get my point.

If Paul did write a letter to our church this week are there some important things that he would not have to draw attention to? Think for a moment about things in our churches that we consider our strengths. For example, would he write today's verse? "Now about brotherly love we do not have to write you." Is the brotherly love within our church's so powerful that Paul would not even find the necessity to "go there?" The brotherly love of the Thessalonian church did not stop at its doors. "And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia" (V 10). Would he have to write us about loving our neighbors as ourselves, going the extra mile, giving as we have been prospered or loving even our enemies?

As we look at our church that is such an important part of our lives, do we see things that need to be improved? As Paul wrote to the churches, he always found things that needed improvement. I am sure that if he wrote to ours he would point out some of these. We as Christians in the 21st century have a luxury that the 1st century church did not. We have our complete Bibles that help us to guide our ways. We can learn from what the church's in the past did right and what they did wrong. Paul finishes these thoughts to the Thessalonian church with some final advice and these words. "So that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and you will not be dependent on anybody" (V 12). The strength of our church will be found in the Godly lives that each of us live daily.

Have a wonderful day...Make a difference... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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