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Following Jesus Demands Community

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A principle we teach at Hope is that without community, we cannot faithfully follow Jesus. How do we know that? Well, what Paul describes in our text today cannot happen apart from biblical community. Think about it. Are you and I able to display humility and gentleness in an attitude of patience apart from community? Can we show tolerance toward one another apart from doing life with others? No. Those things demand community. But through experiencing community with other believers, not only are we challenged to more faithfully follow Jesus, His mission is accomplished through our lives together. This begs the question for us to consider: Am I in biblical community consistently?

What may be keeping you from experiencing biblical community?

A Glorious Future

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Have you ever received a comforting word from another person during a difficult time in your life? Maybe it was during a season of loss or one of great heartache. Paul tells us that the Thessalonian believers needed similar comfort. Death had visited the church at Thessalonica. However, Paul wanted those who remained to experience hope in the fact that they were going to see those who had died once again when Jesus Christ returns (4:13-17). Here's the point - one day all things will be made right. In heaven, there will be no more death, crying, or sin (Revelation 21:4). In the meantime, we are to point our brothers and sisters in Christ to the glorious future God has in store for those who love Him.

Who has God brought to mind who needs a comforting word?

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