This week, we begin a new study of the letters from Paul to the church of Thessaly in first and second Thessalonians. The messages to this fledgling, persecuted church are timeless, so let’s take a look at some of the subjects that the apostle Paul shared with them and take them into the heart of Capstone.
So, what kind of men are teaching you the gospel? The word given to the Thessalonians states that you should know what type of men they are. Do they teach but not share about their personal life? Do they provide you a service for God rather than an encounter with God? Are they politically correct rather than empowered by the Gospel? Are they seeking your goods and glory over giving your life to the Gospel truth? Your preacher will help shape your worship & character!
The church is Thessaly was built on power. Not in the typical manner of signs and miracles though. If you have Spirit and no truth, then you have a show with no plot, and a product with no function. The anointing inside the church brings much assurance! Assurance verifies something and strengthens something. In the church, the anointing verifies the Word and strengthens what the Word produces, doing so through the teaching of the anointing. Your preachers should depend on the anointing, not their wisdom or experience or training. The anointing of God takes the same message and translates it to speak to a thousand different situations present within the hearers of the message! When the Spirit of God within the people hears the message of the Spirit, the people’s spirit will say “amen!” This is evidence of the anointing.
An easy way to see the anointing is to look at its gospel characteristics. It will be from the Bible, teaching you to abide in Christ. It will teach you to depend upon God through humility and transparency of the preacher. It will teach you to grow up into Christ, expose darkness with the Light, exalt Jesus, love beyond human resolve and reasoning, and free of manipulative techniques. This is all evident in a preacher’s calling, humility, passion for Jesus, love for the Word, and prayer life! The anointing is more than charisma; it is something evident to others without need of announcing it to everyone. The anointing is not in the business of building any kingdoms other than God’s!
1 Thessalonians 1:5
1 John 2:26-27
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