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Sunday Services

9:45 am Sunday School
10:45 am Sunday Worship

Echo Evangelique

(590AM WEZE Boston)
Saturday 9:00-10:00PM
88.9 FM SCA
Thursday 7:00-8:00PM

TV Program

TV Channel 23
Sunday 7:00-8:00AM

Bible Study

FRIDAY NIGHT
7:30pm Bible Study
SATURDAY MORNING
8:30am Bible Study
Sunday School
9:45am  10:30am

IMPORTANT NOTE

Beloved in Christ,  May the grace and the peace of God be with you all
 
This is Pastor Alexandre,
 
In light of the spread of the Coronavirus and following the instructions from the World Health Organization ( WHO) and government officials, especially the Governor of Massachusetts, Governor Baker, we will not gather together in the Church Sanctuary for Worship Service for this Sunday March 15 or Next Sunday March 22.
 
Instead, you will be able to follow the service directly online by going to the Church Website TBC1997.org, or via YouTube by typing TBC1997 
 
We are urging you to stay Home and follow all the necessary measures to protect yourself and your loved ones from being contaminated with the virus.
 
Again, Follow the service in Direct online TBC1997.org, or via YouTube by typing TBC1997
 
The Broadcast will begin at our habitual hour 10:45 Am.   
 
We look forward to worshiping together with you from a Distance for the glory of God and our spiritual growth.
 
God bless you all,
Pastor Alexandre

The Testimony of the Church

Part I

Text: 1 Thess. 1:1-5

 

Key Concepts:

  • The Church exists by the power of and under the lordship of Jesus Christ.
  • There is no church without Christ who justified us and gave us peace with God.
  • A working faith, sacrificial love and a steadfast hope are evidences of being and growing in God.

 

 The epistles of Thessalonian are composed of two letters written by Paul to the Christians there. Thessalonica was a city in a region called Macedonia. This day it is the central and middle part of Greece. Macedonia was but one of the many regions of Greece, it was considered one of the major areas.  It was called the gateway to Europe from Asia. It includes several important cities that we find in Scriptures: Berea, Philippi, Athens, and of course Thessalonica. Because of its location, Thessalonica was considered one of the most important cities of the region; both because of commercial activities and of its strategic military position. Paul founded the church in that city during the second missionary journey, along with his missionary friends: Silas and Timothy. Macedonia was not part of Paul’s initial missionary plan. His plan was to revisit some churches in Asia that he’d established during his first missionary journey, to encourage them, assess their progress in the Lord, strengthen their faith and address their concerns. He also wanted to evangelize nearby areas that had not yet heard the gospel. But God had a different plan; the Holy Spirit prevented them from going where they had planned to. Instead, Paul received a vision from God (Acts 19:9), named the Macedonian call. Macedonia had a dire need for the gospel.

               After the church was established, the non-believing Jews started to intensely persecute the Christians in an effort to turn them away from Christ. The tormentors specifically targeted those who founded the church. The persecution grew to be so intense that the brethren in Thessalonica urged Paul to quickly depart (Acts 17:10), leaving a young church behind. This caused Paul to wonder and worry about the well-being of said persecuted church. Paul was so concerned that he sent Timothy to inquire about their progress and faithfulness. Timothy later brought back good news of the church which encouraged Paul greatly (1 Thess. 3: 5-7). The gospel had transformed them so much that they were willing to go through persecution and remain faithful to their conviction. Their testimony is inspiring. What testimony will they render about you, your church and your church leaders? Are we true to our convictions as a church? Paul wrote to them to further encourage and give them instructions to live in holiness. The church also had questions that Paul addressed in his letters. Their church was not perfect since it was made of imperfect people but what made it an ideal church was that they were growing. The word of God was the heart of the church.

                    The designation “the church of Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” speaks volume of their faith (1 Thess. 1:1). The double identification as being in God the Father and the Lord Jesus is not repetitive one but makes the point that to be a true church of God, it has to be in Christ. One cannot be called the church of God and at the same time reject the lordship of Christ. For it is through Christ that the church exists. Those who reject Christ cannot legitimately be ‘the church of God’. The church was redeemed by the blood of Christ and she is His bride. The church functions under the lordship of Christ; to exclude Christ means to have no church. The greeting “may the grace and the peace of God be with you” (shalom) was common to Jewish Christians. It is not only a wish but a prayer to experience the peace of God. These two words, grace and peace, summarize the gospel. We are justified by the grace of God (Rom. 3:24, 5:1-2, Titus 3:7), being justified we have peace with God. And having peace with God, we can experience the peace of God, regardless of what is happening in our lives.  

                  By the tone and purpose of this letter, it is evident that Paul had a profound love for the Thessalonian Christians. He found joy and encouragement in seeing them grow in the likeness of Christ. He constantly prayed for and was thankful for them. Have you given your leaders any reasons to be thankful for you? It is a great reward for a pastor to watch his children in the faith grow, serve and glorify God with their lives. Paul was particularly encouraged by the triune set of evidences of their growth: faith, love and hope (1 Thess. 1:3).  These three words bear their own qualifiers: a working faith (Jam. 2), that is a faith that bears good fruits; an agape sacrificial love that works to forgive and to love the unlovable, a steadfast hope in Christ that endures hardships and suffering. These three are not expressed in words but in actions and in their resulting fruits. Paul also mentioned their election or predestination in God (1 Thess. 1:4). How do you know you’re elect? Paul knew they were elects by looking at the work of their faith, the labor of their love and the endurance and perseverance of their hope. Repentance is an indication of being elect, followed by transformation and growth in the faith. Believing in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ by repentance towards God and faith in Christ proves that your salvation is genuine. Consequently, the three virtues will be manifest in your life as well. The gospel indeed has the power to change lives (Rom. 1:16).

                  

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