Paul’s reinforcement and clarification of previous teaching begins here, but switch your perspective to Timothy for a moment. He is the one who was sent to check on the Thessalonians. Consider his long travel—walking, hitching a ride on a spare donkey or cart when possible. Walking is so commonplace, so pedestrian. Have you ever noticed when you walk, especially alone, you think a lot? Paul can imagine Timothy traveling, thinking, and making right choices as he traversed the 250 miles that led him back to Thessalonica, because he had taught his spiritual son the moment-by-moment practice of putting one foot in front of another in honor of his Lord and King. Paul repeatedly uses the idea of “walking” as a metaphor for living out the Christian life. He had taught the Thessalonians “how [they] ought to walk and to please God.”
1Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. 2For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 5not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 8Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you. 9Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, 10for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, 11and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.
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South Valley Community Church was established in Gilroy in 1984, by founding pastors Eric and Carol Smith. It began with a few faithful families, but by God's grace grew to the church it is today. Eric and Carol pastored faithfully for 31 years, and now serve SVCC as pastors emeritus.