This week in worship, we'll be considering Second Thessalonians. It'll be an exercise in historical context. You may think that sounds pretty boring, but let me add a cool twist: we're also going to consider THE END TIMES! I bet I can stir you up without words and just with pictures alone. Let's see:
We'll talk this week about how our current context usually shapes even how we interpret the past. That's very likely happening in Second Thessalonians. The letter, though ascribed to Paul, was more than likely written decades after Paul's death, definitely no sooner than 70 A.D. We'll talk about it.
My guess is that some of us would even see the next five days in America with a shade of eschatology. I can't remember ever experiencing or hearing of a time like our current time in America. Maybe without Wikileaks, the internet, and news media leaning in all sorts of different directions I wouldn't experience or hear of such a time.
One thing, we'll see, holds true. One thing transcends all historical contexts. As long as there's an earth and a church upon that earth, we believe there'll be a gospel on the move, proclaiming reconciliation to all humanity through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As long as we live, we live the gospel of God's grace in Jesus Christ.