1 Thessalonians 1
1 Paul, Silas and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace and peace to you.
2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
4 For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
Did a random spiritual gifts survey…
I took this a few years ago when I was in school and forgot my results. But I’m pretty sure its similar to what it was last time.
With this gift the Holy Spirit enables certain Christians to organize, direct, and implement plans to lead others in the various ministries of the Church.
Concerned with details
This is the spiritual gift where the Spirit enables certain Christians to preach and teach the Word of God and to take responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a body of believers.
Protector of the flock
Guides believers to follow Jesus
This is the spiritual gift where the Spirit enables particular Christians to communicate and clarify the details and truths of God’s Word for others to learn.
Studies the Bible regularly
Loves to explain the truth
Since completing my studies at San Diego Christian College I have done nothing short of complain about not studying the Word of God to the extent that I used to. I missed having the time to do so; the time to force myself to sit and be still-surrounded by a fat stack of Theology textbooks-to challenge myself.
I am absolutely ecstatic about the Sunday morning Gospels exegesis studies and Thursday night Love studies we are doing at VGCC Student Ministries.
But balancing all the hours of prepping each lesson (twice a week), 1-on-1s, another job, meetings, programming various other Youth events, doing laundry, feeding myself (physically and spiritually), and frantic DIY shindiggery (passions of sorts that take time and monies) takes all the energy from me.
I am tired.
God provides me with all the strength to do all the things. Some days I have a moment to sit and reflect on all I am expected to do and I get even more exhausted. And then I see how much God can do with such little to work with-me.
If you can pray for anything, pray for rest (because I am so incredibly tired, always), and that everything I say and do is of the Lord and not of my own accord.
Last night I went to the movies and watched “Son of God” with some church friends. This is honestly the only time I can ever recall seeing a movie portrayal of Jesus (no, I have not seen The Passion of the Christ). Or anything biblical for that matter. I mean, growing up I always had those little felt boards. But that doesn’t quite do the story of Jesus justice.
As a previous student of Biblical Studies (on a legitimate scholarly level), I can say that I watched plenty of videos of people teaching about Jesus’ teaching. Say, Ray Vanderlaan. But never an actual Jesus talks kind of video. Even then, the “Jesus talks” videos on YouTube are all parodies.
Funny, but kind of blasphemous.
Yes, granted the movie was not completely flawless. It left out stories and added other details that otherwise weren’t included in the Bible (and it’s choice of cast was a little weird-not true to what anyone looked or talked like back then-but they got the Gospel across, despite those inaccurate bits). But it’s a movie. They do that with original texts to movies anyways.
Overall: Jesus. The life in Him and the life we have through Him.
I am more than satisfied with the message intended. The Gospel was clearly portrayed.
I was fangirling all over the place.
Sorry for the live blogging spam last night. I honestly had no idea I was going to do that until the movie had already begun—and my mind raced and said “you have to jot some of this stuff down and go back to it later!”
So I did.
I hope you guys get the chance to go see it!
Stop doubting Thomas, and believe.
For reals. Jesus is TOUCHING YOUR FACE.