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The Ideal Community



When it comes to the church, many of us create an idealized version of what a community should look like in our heads. But, the reality is that community can often be messy and difficult. As we continue in our series through 1 Thessalonians, Paul gives the church some guidance and encouragement on how to care for one another in a way that points back to Jesus. We are excited to be led through this passage by Landon Lacy.

Key Takeaway

To admonish the idle, encourage the faint-hearted, and help the weak, we need to be patient, present, and prayerful.

  1. Admonish the idle. Calling someone out, not to shame or embarrass, but to call you up into something greater.
  2. Encourage the faint-hearted. Speak words of comfort.
  3. Help the weak. It's way more about the physical presence than about physical help.

Three Ingredients We Need

  1. Be patient with each other.
  2. Be present. You need to be in people's lives to understand them.
  3. Pray for one another. Prayer invites in the presence of God.


"The existence of pastors and leaders in the Church doesn't excuse people from pastoral care for each other."

Landon Lacy

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Scripture References

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15
  • Mark 10:45
  • Acts 2:23
  • Romans 5:10
  • Romans 5:6-8
  • Matthew 22:37-39
  • 1 Corinthians 1:26-30
Landon Lacy Coordinator of Passion Students at Passion City Church, Washington D.C.