1 Thessalonians 5:12-28: Four Pillars, Revisited
This plan for the church is something the World knows nothing about. What Paul closes this letter with is a scandal to our latter-day sensibilities.
1) Leadership (Call)
a) be aware of (those who labor among you)
b) Submit to your leadership (and are over you)
c) Listen for Encouragement from your leadership (and admonish you)... the combination of a, b, and c leads to...
2) Fellowship (Community)
a) Peace (eager to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace)... how we do it:
f) payment (pay against kind when necessary)
3) Discipleship (Communication)
c) give thanks
d) listen (be open to the Spirit)
e) avoid evil
4) Sovereignty (Conviction)
a) God is Faithful
b) God is Able