Hello! Today services were hosted at the Braley’s and Mark preached from 1 Thessalonians.
Simeon read the story to for the children – now we’re reading through the Gospel story and we read about the angel’s visits to Mary, Elizabeth, and Zechariah.
Amanda read the 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 and Mark talked about Paul’s pastoral advice:
- Christians back then were called Followers of The Way. They were people on a journey together..
- Paul’s advice to the people of Thessaloniki is not to stop. Keep going through the journey that God has for you. Being baptized isn’t the end of the journey but the beginning.
- God know’s what’s best for us and he is pleased when we talk to Him or try to please Him.
- You’re going to meet God someday and deal with your sins so you need to take them seriously.
Hello. Today we met at the Brayleys. Simeon read the Bible story and Mark preached.
Today with the kids we read the Bible story of Jonah. The Lord asked Jonah to go and preach in Nineveh, a city filled with wicked and evil people. Jonah did not like the sound of that so he decided to run away. He went down to the docks and got on a boat headed for Tarshish. While on the journey a big storm rose up, and Jonah had the crew members throw him overboard. It stopped immediately. Jonah got swallowed by a big fish and was in his stomach for 3 days and nights. Jonah prayed a lot and the fish spit him out onto land. Jonah went to Nineveh and helped the people repent.
In the sermon we read 1 Thessalonians 2:17 – 3:5
Some things we talked about were:
- What makes you close to the people you love or are close to.
- We also had a discussion about Paul’s relationship with the Thessalonians and how he wanted to go back and see them – he loved them and didn’t view helping them as a chore
- The effect persecution has on people and how going through the same experiences bonds you together.
Today we met at the Brayley’s and Mark delivered the sermon.
The children’s story continued to be about Esther but mostly we read about Xerxes, Mordecai and Haman who was hanged on his own gallows.
Mark talked about 1 Thessalonians 2:1-7 and Paul’s approach to ministry and relationship with the Thessalonians.
Today the Braley’s hosted Church in their home for the first time.
For the children’s story we read more about the story of Esther, Mordecai and Hamaan – maybe you were born for such a time as this!
Mark preached, starting in 1 Thessalonians chapter 1. He talked about:
- What we know of Paul’s trip to Thessalonica and why he wrote this letter.
- Paul’s greeting “Grace and peace for you”
- The encouragement that a strong witness brings to other believers
- The three virtues of the Christian life – faith, hope and love and how each should affect our life in Christ.