Rev. Nabil Nour of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hartford, SD, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.
“Did you hear what happened overseas? We must be near the end.” We hear these words almost every year. They must have had the same concerns in Thessalonica as Paul emphasizes that we do not know when Jesus will return, but know who you are. You are children of the light and salvation is yours in Christ. Be prepared by faith and build each other up as “Paraclete people” instead of trying to predict what God will do. “O Holy Spirit, renew us as encouraged people as children of the light so that we encourage others by building them up in Christ. Keep us from pursuing questions of which we have no answers, but help us to focus on what we do know—Salvation in Christ Jesus. O LORD come quickly. Amen”
Thy Strong Word reveals the light of our salvation in Christ through study of God’s Word, breaking our darkness with His redeeming light. Each weekday, two pastors fix our eyes on Jesus by considering Holy Scripture, verse by verse, in order to be strengthened in the Word and be equipped to faithfully serve in our daily vocations.
Thy Strong Word is hosted by Rev. Brady Finnern, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Sartell, MN, and graciously underwritten by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
The Day of the Lord
5 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers,[a] you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children[b] of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
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