“We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers ”
– 1 Thessalonians 1:2
Words are powerful.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” The words we speak have meaning, and they matter. Words give insight into the soul of a person and reveal the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Integrity is measured on the truthfulness of our words. Courage is weighed in the confidence of our words, just as cowardice and insincerity is revealed in the inconsistency between our words and actions. We know words are powerful because some words never leave us. For better or for worse, we can replay words in our minds that either strengthen or weaken our confidence.
So now in light of this, let’s think again of Paul’s words to the Thessalonians. “We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers.” Consider the life-giving power in these words. Something tells me that Paul meant every word. He said that he was thankful for them, and He was. He said that he prayed for them, and He did. Why? Because words matter. And in this instance, Paul reminds us that the power of our words travels both vertical and horizontal. His prayers went up, and his words of encouragement went out to those he loved. Here, Paul affirms and confirms the salvation and spiritual faithfulness of the Thessalonian Church.
This week, our message is titled, “Confidence in Gospel Confirmation.” Together we will be leaning into 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 and gaining confidence from Paul’s words. Take some time to read the passage and consider the power in Paul’s words. And as we prepare for Sunday, let’s examine our own lives to measure whether Paul’s words could be applied to our lives and our church to affirm our faithfulness as well.
Be sure to listen to the worship set as you prepare for worship.
Love you, Church.
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9:15 AM – Worship Service On Campus (Myerstown Campus)
11:00 AM – Worship Service on Campus & Online (Lancaster Campus)
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