“For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? For you are our glory and joy.”
– 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20
The scripture for our study: 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20
Paul’s tearful farewell
But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short while — in person, not in spirit —were all the more eager with great desire to see your face. For we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, more than once —and yet Satan hindered us. For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? For you are our glory and joy.
When he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. And they began to weep aloud and embraced Paul, and repeatedly kissed him, grieving especially over the word which he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they were accompanying him to the ship.
- Love the flock of Christ.
- Suffer for the flock of Christ.
- Present the flock of Christ to its Chief Shepherd.