So many things in life are uncertain. What will happen tomorrow in your job, your family, your world? How do you live in the midst of so much unpredictability? As we kick off a new series on the books of 1 and 2 Thessalonians, we’ll start by looking at the uncertain founding of the church from Acts 17:1-10. We’ll see how the faithful preaching of Jesus Christ encounters a mixed response and an ordinary solution. And we’ll find out how the presence of Jesus sustains us in the midst of our uncertainty.
We live between the times: between the first coming of Christ and the future coming of Christ. It’s a hard place to be, because what we long for hasn’t been fully realized. But it’s also an exciting place to be, because what we long for has been partially realized. As we experience something of what we long for, we anticipate the coming day, but we also appreciate the present day in light of the coming day. In his two letters to the Thessalonians, the apostle Paul references the future “coming” of Christ more than he does in all his other letters combined. Our study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians therefore will help us live—really live—in the present, between the times, leaning into the future.