I Thessalonians 3:1-13

Read: Eph. 4:11-16.

Go to any bookstore or turn on any afternoon talk show and you will find the 'experts' giving us their advice on how to rear children. In the text we have just read we find God's plan for rearing His children. It is not His will that we remain children; He wants us to mature into adults. One characteristic of children is their naivety. They will believe just about anything. That is why it is so important that they be taught the truth! Paul makes application here to those who are spiritually immature children.

(Eph 4:14) "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;"

Like a ship without an anchor, the spiritually immature drift aimlessly! They need to be established. In chapter three of 1 Thessalonians, Paul gives us three ways that he helped this young church to become established.

I. He Sent Them a Helper (1-5)

II. He Sent Them a Helper and He Wrote Them a Letter (6-8)

III. Paul Sent Them a Helper, Wrote Them a Letter, and He Prayed for Them (9-13)

In this chapter we have a good example of what our relationship should be toward other believers