Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 25-OCT-2020 - 11 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 21 – When Paul preached Christianity in Thessaloniki, he was in trouble with the Roman authorities for promoting an unauthorised religion whose deity was alleged to be superior to Caesar, and the Jewish leaders were so angry with him and and his message that they attacked him personally. He was arrested, flogged, imprisoned, and run out of town. In the first letter that he later wrote to the fledgling church in Thessaloniki, Paul rejected the story that he was a professional religious entertainer travelling from city to city to extract money from the converts who believed him. No, he was convinced that in spite of the opposition and persecution, his message was changing lives. A liar continues to lie, but an honest person stands out as authentic and worthy of God – and Paul had passed the test. He had given himself selflessly to serve the Thessalonian church, and lives were changed. In Western countries there is a breakdown of public trust, with widespread reporting of corruption, self-interest, scandals and outright lies. What we need is a world that's forthright and honest, with trustworthy discourse that bears the weight of truth. God grant us the courage to live lives of compassion, kindness, conviction and integrity, and demand the kind of leadership that enables society to flourish.
1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8

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