Proofs of Authentic Faith: Reception and Suffering

Thursday is for Discipleship

1 Thessalonians 2:13-14 (ESV)
And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews,

Paul’s time in Thessalonica was short, a maximum of 27 days perhaps as little as 15 (see Acts 17). This brief letter was written from Corinth perhaps within one or two months of planting the gospel there and seeing a small church begin to grow, but already, in that span of time, Paul knows two things:

1)  They received the word of God as the word of God.

2)  They were not only willing to suffer for the faith but had already done so.

Questions:

How is the first expressed in a believer’s life? How would we know it today, in a culture where believing costs people almost nothing? Is there something wrong with our gospel presentation that inhibits the growth of a suffering-faith from the very beginning?

Feel free to pick any question to comment on if you don’t want to comment on all of them.


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