Paul and Silas started a new church.
Acts 17:1-11 records the account of their travels to Thessalonica, and how Paul used the Scriptures to reason with the people about Jesus, the Messiah. It tells of the hospitality of Jason, who welcomed them into his home. It reveals the anger and obstacles Paul and Silas encountered, their imprisonment as a result of it, and their subsequent release when the new believers were forced to post their bail.
The record in Acts provides us with the story of a brand new church that encountered persecution from its beginning and was left without its founders a very short time after it came into being.
And yet – it persevered, thrived and endured.
It became an example of faith to churches far and wide, and the word of the Lord rang out from them to people everywhere….
When God wants to start a new church, He uses people He has called to do it. And through them, with them and beyond them, God does it.
He builds His church.
Two books in the New Testament are actually letters to the church in Thessalonica. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it is in 1 Thessalonians 5:24, that we find the words, “The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it.”
So now, of course, I must correct my first sentence: God, Paul and Silas started a new church.
It was from scratch.
It encountered obstacles.
It was unstoppable.
And it was worth it.