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The story of transformation is built into our lives in many ways. Often the most overlooked is how we are transformed as a means to see transformation in others lives. This week we look at the story of a prophet named Jeremiah, who wrestled with the purposes of God, and how he was shown, through his own experience and a potter, what work the Lord had set before him. And how that lesson is so incredibly important for us all.
God... Unexpected: Fire Reconnect – May 23, 2010 Text: Hebrews 12:25-29; I Corinthians 3:12-15 Key Thought: God refines us, sometimes painfully, so that one day we will be able to be with Him. See to it that you obey God, the one who is speaking to you. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, how terrible our danger if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven! When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.” This means that the things on earth will be shaken, so that only eternal things will be left. Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be destroyed, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:25-29, NLT
What goes through the mind of an apostle? We can never know for certain - aside aside from what is written in the Bible that is. Yet what we have in the Bible is only "half" of the conversation. In other words, we think so much more than we speak or write. Yet by looking at the text of 1 Thessalonians, taking insights from the historical background of the first century, and considering information contained in the book of Acts, we can deduce some concerns Paul may have had about the young "church" in Thessalonica.