The Thessalonian Church

BibleInPoems, Ron Calugar, 2015-2024 . . 313
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5:28

We write to Thessalonica, and to the church that is there.
Peace from God, our father as we lift you up in prayer.

Your testimony of faith has shown to all around.
Macedonia and Achaia, have heard the gospel sound.

In humility, we've preached, as a nurse gives tender care.
Like a father nourishes his children, we have taught the churches there.

As the church that is in Judea, those around sought to discourage you.
But you were not discouraged. To Christ you have remained true.

At Judea the church has suffered, by those who killed our Lord.
They forbade us to preach to the Gentiles. They tried to stop our word.

So Timothy our brother we sent, and when he returned from you,
He brought us wonderful tidings of your faith so strong and true.

Oh how I desire to see you. I pray for you night and day.
I long so to teach you more, and show you Christ's perfect way.

Abstain from sin and draw near to God, remembering brotherly love.
As his family we're one in Jesus. We shall live with him above.

So remember those who have died before are much like they who sleep.
Sorrow not as those who have no hope, though losing them makes you weep.

For as Jesus died and rose again, I assure you with no doubt,
That those who sleep he will bring back with him, as they all descend with a shout.

The dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we alive, who remain,
Shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, and with him live and reign.

Comfort each other with these words. But of the times and the seasons, my friend,
Our Lord will return as a thief in the night, be faithful and true till the end.

Don't render evil for evil, but pray and watch ever more.
Quench not the spirit. Hold fast what is good. Abstain from all evil for sure.

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