In these three verses, we have one of Paul’s prayers for the Thessalonians, and in this prayer, we see his heart for their growth in Christ, love for one another, and holiness in light of Christ’s return. Through his fatherly words, we are once again reminded of how we are designed to live with one another in the community of Christ that is the church.
The Apostle Paul had been waiting for word from Timothy as to how the Thessalonian church was faring in the midst of persecution. In this text, Paul rejoices jubilantly over the good report brought back to him. His expression of joy over his children in the faith demonstrates the bonds of love and concern that should bind all believers together in their local church.
Ecclesiology is about more than proper church officers, structures, and discipline. A right ecclesiology also helps one recognize their particular place in the body of Christ as well as the place of the Body of Christ in their life. In this sermon from First Thessalonians, we learn, through Paul’s example, some critical truths about how we are to sacrifice, love, and encourage one another in the church.