Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 18-OCT-2020 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 20 – While Paul was on his first missionary journey he stayed for a while in the Greek city of Thessaloniki, 300 km north of Athens, and while there he visited a Jewish synagogue three times to tell his countrymen about the good news of Jesus Christ. He was not well received by the Jewish leaders, who were so enraged by him and his message that they ran him out of town and followed him south as far as Athens and Corinth. Paul was left afaid and discouraged – until news came that his preaching to the Thessalonians had borne fruit, that new believers had formed a church, and that the young Thessalonian church was going strong. It was exciting news, and Paul dashed off a letter to them. They had been impressed by the integrity of Paul and his colleagues; they were confident they were being told the truth, and that is was God who was being promoted, not a private agenda. They were showing the nature of true faith – hard work, patience and service. The portion of Paul's letter on which this sermon is based has become very precious for one of Sandy's friends, a German woman who has been working with refugees in this same city of Thessaloniki. Let us continue to be the kind of commumity that is known for its service, labour, love, perserverance, and steadfasness of hope in Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10

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