The gospel message is one of power. It is not simply something that makes us feel good, but it is something that is meant to bring change and transformation into our lives. This process moves just as powerfully through institutions as it does through individuals. As Paul speaks to Thessolonica, he brings light to this fact. The work of the apostles effected the cohort of believers. This in turn effected the entire church ch and the individuals in it. This in turn effected the city they lived in. This in turn effected Paul and the apostles. In this way, a good ministry is a closed loop of encouragement. We have every reason to believe that when we allow our hope on God to become evident in our lives in a transformative way, then we will see it begin to transform the lives of others. It is not simply words with no power. In fact it is the opposite. What we share, if it is the true gospel, has every power to transform an entire city and endless lives if we only let it transform us publically.
1 THESSALONIANS 1:5-10
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MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts