10.15.2016 – New Testament: 1Th 3.1–3
To read the Bible in a year, read First Thessalonians 3 on October 15, In the year of our Lord 2016
By Don Ruhl
You put in time and effort teaching someone, which drains you physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. Then they move to a new place, or you move, and you agonize over not knowing how they fare in their new lives as Christians. Finally, you make a call, or write, or visit, and discover that they are doing well. Paul would know the experience,
Therefore, when we could no longer endure it, we thought it good to be left in Athens alone, and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith, that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this (1 Thessalonians 3.1–3).
Affliction when someone is new, can shake his faith badly and cause him to fall and return to the life of the world in which he once lived. Therefore, the church has to put out an extra effort to look out for these people and to continue to instruct them.
- What do you do to help new Christians?