All religions claim to answer the great philosophical questions of human existence. They claim to answer them, but are the answers equally valid? Take just one question for example: “What happens when I die?” Hinduism teaches that you go through cycle after cycle of reincarnation. Christianity teaches, “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Both of these views cannot be true! Often Christians are criticized for being people of the Book. They are told, “You need to get your noses out of a 2,000-year-old book and look at the world around you!” That is a fallacious statement for two reasons:
1. God hasn’t changed and the Bible reveals God.
2. People haven’t changed.
In today’s text, the Apostle Paul establishes the church at Thessalonica. In these verses, we discover three principles that are just as effective today for reaching people for Christ as they were nearly 2,000 years ago.
Principle #1: Start where people are, vv. 1-2.
Principle #2: Stay true to the message, vv. 2-3.
Principle #3: Leave the results with God, vv. 4-9.