Expository Studies

Play Video
Play Video

Daily Encouragement

Play Video

July 23, 2010

Building Strong Friendships in Christ

Excelling Still More Today

“Finally, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more.”

1 Thessalonians 4:1 Page 1849  

       Receiving instruction can often make a huge difference in our lives.   When I was a child, I liked to watch people surf.  In many ways, I learned to surf watching the best surfers, and understanding how they moved their surfboards across the waves.  I also learned at school, and at home, about how to think and how to live.  Some of the things I learned at school, I frankly could care less about.  But the things I learned about surfing, I was eager to put into practice.    I really enjoyed surfing, and wanted to surf with greater and greater skill.  I wanted to do many maneuvers on the waves.  I was willing to receive instruction about surfing, although I could care less about art history being taught at school.  One thing I received well, and the other thing–you know.

       The word “received” in 1 Thessalonians 4:1, page 1849, means take, take along, accept, learn.  It points in this case to completely accepted.   It joins together the hearing of the truth with the proper application in our lives of the truth.  We not only hear the truth, but we live the truth.  Often when I try to learn something, I know employ a mental and spiritual filter to see if I should be learning this new thing.  Does it please God?  Will it edify me?  When I read the Bible, however, I know that God’s Word never needs filtering, because I know that every word of Scripture has been breathed by God and will profit my life and soul (2 Timothy 3:16-17, page 1864).  Thessalonians completely accepted the God’s instructions about how to walk to please Him.  Even with this complete acceptance and application of the truth,  the ministry team requested and exhorted them to excel still more.

       In this sense, God will always urge us to more and more spiritual growth in our lives.  He will continually be sending us people to promote more spiritual growth, where we excel still more.  In some case, God will be sending people to us to confront us about our sin, and cause us to seek repentance, confession, and the return to righteous living.  In other cases, God will send us “excel” still more people.  He plans for us to grow constantly in His grace, every day.

    So, we learn some more about building strong friendships in Christ.

     ●  Strong bonds of friendship form when we receive the instruction the Lord Jesus Christ delivers to us through His word.

      ●  Strong bonds of friendship grow when we excel still more in obedience and application of the Word of God, particularly in loving one another more and more.

      ●  We harm our bonds of friendship when we stop growing in Christ, and refuse to follow His commandment to excel still more.   

Application for Today

        Today, I want to excel still more and more in following Jesus and doing what He wants with my life.  Will you encourage your friends to excel in Christ more and more today?


 Christ Assembly Basics 

Christ Assembly provides free access to various studies from the Bible, the Word of God. The studies in this website are not inspired, but God produced the Bible, consisting of sixty-nine books (39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament). The Holy Spirit inspired authors to produce original autographs of the Bible in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Those original authors wrote over the course of many centuries. They wrote divinely inspired words and every word was divinely inspired. The authors communicated in their own styles, and with their own vocabulary, but God breathed out every word of the final autographs. The words in the Bible really matter, and deserve careful study. 
As we study, we seek to love Jesus more because His word has instructed us so that we learn His ways. Eternal life consists in knowing God the Father, and Jesus Christ Whom God sent. As the eternal God of Glory, One with His Father, the Son of God took flesh and dwelt among us. Because of His death, He used His blood to purchase our redemption. He was raised for our justification. We now live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved us and gave Himself for us. By the grace of God, the Holy Spirit abides in every born-again believer and fills us with His presence and blessings. He leads us into all truth. Jesus is the truth, and the way, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Jesus, our Lord. 
We look forward to His imminent return to the clouds of earth, to snatch away the believers alive on earth, so that we may be forever with the Lord. When He returns to the clouds, He will bring with Him all those people in Christ who died before His return to the clouds. We encourage one another with the promises of God, Who makes our path grow brighter and brighter, until the full light of day shines forth. We love Jesus and look forward to seeing Him soon. After Jesus removes the believers from the earth, then a terrible period of seven years follows where God brings measured and precise judgments upon the people alive on earth. God cut those days of  Tribulation short, or no flesh would have been saved. Jesus will then return to earth, slay His enemies, and place His feet on the Mount of Olives where He ascended to heaven. He will then reign on earth for a thousand years, and believers will reign with Him. After the Millennial Reign of Christ, all unbelievers will be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment, and they will suffer according to their deeds done on earth. They will be cast into the Lake of Fire, a place of torment night and day for eternity, because they never received the free gift of salvation while alive on earth. One day, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God. Today we invite you to come and see Jesus, and learn from Him, for He is gentle and humble in heart. Take His yoke upon you, for His burden is easy and His yoke is light. He will give you rest for your soul as you trust Him. We receive salvation only from Jesus, by faith alone in Jesus, Who gives us the free gift of eternal life. 
We accept the teaching of the Word of God. As born again believers, baptized by Jesus with the Holy Spirit, the anointing from God teaches us all things. We love to study the Word of God as we abide in Christ Jesus our Lord. God blesses all of us when we read His word, hear His word, and heed His word. We share original studies of the Word of God without cost and we do not receive donations. We support the finances of this ministry through private means, so that we are not a burden to anyone. We oppose charging people to read books, articles, journals or other studies of the Word of God. Such work should be supported by donations, but not in prescribed amounts and not as a requirement to gain access to what God has freely provided. What God has freely given, we should freely share. Just as Paul worked making tents, so we work to support this ministry. 

 Christ Assembly License

The author of all original material on this website retains all legal and equitable rights to the properties at issue. The author granted Christ Assembly a limited-use, revocable license to publish material on this website, while reserving all ownership rights to the original author. You may use any original material on this website to the glory of God, but you may not receive anything of value for such use. You may not receive any donations related to any original material on this website. All use of original material on this website is subject to the revocable, limited license above. You must conspicuously indicate on any use of the original material that it originated from ChristAssembly.org.  Any revocation of the license shall be posted on this website and all rights to use material may be revoked without prior notice. By copying and using any original material from this website, you consent to such license. Christ Assembly opposes any payment for access to studies, articles, journals, or other publications of studies concerning the Word of God. As God has freely given, so also the products of His grace should be freely shared.