Oct 5, 2011
Focus reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10
Think of your own faith story. There are surely people who have encouraged you in your faith because they have lived out the good news of God’s love in such a powerful way that it has encouraged you and others to go on in you faith or even to begin your faith journey. While it is ultimately God’s work to bring slavstion, God has worke through these people to bring it. Paul, Timothy and the people of the church in the ancient Greek city of Thessalonika were people like this. For me, my parents, a Sunday school teacher named Len and folk from St David’s Holland Park Uniting Church were people who God used to transform me. From a shy bullied teen I became a teacher and then a confident preacher. Today the whole Christian world has heard about the faith of the church in Thesolonika.
Questions for thought and discussion.
What is your story of transformation? What people has God used to change you and awaken faith in you? How has God used you in transforming the lives of others? Where and how is God calling you to share your faith and story?