Real Life

On Sunday at CrossWay we started a series based on 1 Thessalonians.  It’s called “Real Life.”  God has called us to live lives of adventure, joy, and purpose, but oftentimes those things are hard to see in our routine, everyday existence.  But real life really can be lived, and the way to do it is simple: live in Christ.

For the next 10 weeks we’re going to look at how this works out in practical ways.  To do so we’ll take a passage each week from 1 Thessalonians.  This is a book of the Bible which is actually a letter.  Around the year A.D. 50, a guy named Paul who went around starting new churches went to a city in modern-day Greece called Thessalonica.  He preached there for three weeks and got a church going, but then he was driven out of town.

Forced to leave the young church where no one had even been a Christian for a month, Paul wrote them a letter to encourage them, see how they’re doing, and give them some instruction for living real life in Christ.  Even though his letter is nearly two thousand years old, it’s still just as relevant for us today as it was for its original recipients.

This past Sunday began the series and we started with the first verse.  This single verse addresses three hindrances that interfere with living real life: questions of identity, inadequacy, and unease with ourselves and others.  In the opening line of this letter, Paul offers solutions for all three:

When we live in Christ, we are His community.  We are a family called out for His purposes.  We are His–we belong to Jesus.  That is who we are.  That is whose we are.  We no longer define ourselves by our jobs or relationships.

When we live in Christ, we receive His grace.  This means it doesn’t matter that we’re not good enough, because He is good enough.

When we live in Christ, He gives us His peace.  This means that no matter what is going on around us, we can have peace with God, peace in our relationships with one another, and inner peace.

Even though these are great blessings that God has given us, the best gift is not identity or grace or peace: the best gift is Jesus Christ.

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