Monday, February 16, 2009

The Church of the Less Noble

The Three Month Old Church at Thessalonica...
"Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily {to see} whether these things were so."  (Acts 17:11)

The church at Thessalonica was founded in an uproar. 

After only three weeks of teaching, Paul had flee for his life leaving this group of new Christians behind to fend for themselves.  Not only that, but the people from the community of Thessalonica pursued Paul some 60 miles to Berea and tried their dead level best to destroy Paul’s efforts in Berea.

The establishment of the church at Thessalonica so upset the status quo, that Thessalonian community was outraged that anyone would buy into this new thing called "Christianity"… They found it to be an incredible inconvenience that the gospel was all true.  The Jewish community didn’t want to hear it, and was angry at those “less enlightened” Greeks who were loyal to the truth. Here is the text...