1 Thess 2:13 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.
Thessalonica was a growing church. What makes that interesting is that Paul never once mentions the size. Instead what he mentions are five growth indicators that every church can gauge their church by. We are going to look at one of these everyday this week.
The first area that each church should be graded on is whether they receive the Word of God. It is not very popular today to open the bible and teach it. In fact many popular Pastors have called that boring and not really communicating. So churches have gotten caught up in attempting to entertain their congregations or dumbing down the scripture. The church in Thessalonica was marked by how they received Paul’s teaching as the Word of God.
A Growing Church will always make scripture the benchmark of everything it does. A church cannot grow unless God’s word is being taught on a week in week out basis, otherwise we are just giving them man’s wisdom. Paul instructed the church in God’s word and they received it as such. When we make God’s Word the launching pad of what we do the ministry will grow from there.
Heb 4:12 says that the Word of God is able to divide even bone and marrow. The analogy that the writer of Hebrews is using that it is so powerful it can minister down to the deepest, hardest to reach areas of our life. It can speak to our heart and answer life’s most difficult questions. When we teach it must start with scripture and go from there. I am amazed at how many people have told me that they just want to be taught the Bible. We have congregations that are hungry to know what it says and if we are only giving them catchy titles and shallow wisdom then we are developing an anemic and starving congregation that will seek out wisdom in other areas of life. Teach the Word of God.