With Power

1 Thessalonians 1:5

5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.

With Power

“The gospel came ‘with power’; it had a powerful effect on the Thessalonians. Whenever the Bible is heard and obeyed, lives are changed! Christianity is more than a collection of interesting facts; it is the power of God to everyone who believes. What has God’s power done in your life since you first believed?” (Life Application Study Bible 2015)

Work Cited

Life Application Study Bible. Zondervan, 2011. p. 2015.

The Marks of Effective Christians in Any Age

1 Thessalonians 1:3

3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Marks of Effective Christians in Any Age

“The Thessalonians had stood firm when they were persecuted (1:6; 3:1-4, 7, 8). Paul commended these young Christians for their work produced by faith, labor prompted by love, and endurance inspired by hope. These characteristics are the marks of effective Christians in any age.” (Life Application Study Bible 2015)

Work Cited

Life Application Study Bible. Zondervan, 2011. p. 2015.

“Thanks, Faith, and Hope” Day

Colossians 3:16

16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

“Thankful people can worship wholeheartedly. Gratitude opens our hearts to God’s peace and enables us to put on love. Discontented people constantly calculate what’s wrong with their lot in life.” (Life Application Study Bible 2010)

“To increase your thankfulness, take an inventory of all you have (including your relationships, memories, abilities, and family, as well as material possessions). Use the inventory for prayers of gratitude. On Sunday, before worship, quit rushing around; instead, take time to reflect on reasons for thanks. Declare Sunday as your ‘thanks, faith, and hope’ day. Celebrate God’s goodness to you, and ask in prayer for all your needs for the week ahead.” (Life Application Study Bible 2010)

Work Cited

Life Application Study Bible. Zondervan, 2011. p. 2010.