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. Thessalonica - A model church




We have just spent many weeks looking at the 7 churches of Asia. We asked the question: “What will Jesus say about our church?” One, of the key factors for all these churches was the relevance of Christ to these churches as revealed in Revelation 1. We saw that Christ knows exactly what is going on in His churches. For some he has commendations, for others He has condemnations. Sometimes it is a mix of the two. All of them are called to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Key demands on some of the churches, is repentance and endurance on some level. The great theme of all the churches is that there is a reward for endurance, and the reward is not temporal, but it is eternal. It is not the promises of man that could fail, but it is the promises of God that never fails.

In the New Testament there are more churches than these 7. And there are letters written to the churches. These letters are inspired by the Holy Spirit and written by the Apostles who alongside the prophets are the foundation of the church. 2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV) says:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”

That means that we need to take as much note of these churches, what they are condemned for and what they are commended for as we take note of the 7 churches of Asia. So, for the next few sermons we will turn to some of these churches and learn from them.

Today, we will look at the church of Thessalonica.


1. Background to this letter.

During the life of Paul Thessalonica was the capital of Macedonia. It was so since 168BC. It was located quite close to Berea and Philippi. Paul came to Thessalonica from Philippi. The population was around 200 000. During Paul’s second missionary journey Paul left Philippi and visited this city located on the edge of the Aegean Sea. There he ministered in the Synagogue and led various people, both Jews and Gentiles to the Lord Jesus Christ. So effective was his ministry there that he and his team got kicked out of Thessalonica.

He then left Thessalonica and left Timothy and Silas behind. They eventually re-joined with him in 51 AD and it was then that he wrote his first letter to Thessalonica. Paul’s reason for writing to them is articulated in 1 Thessalonians 3:10 (ESV) 10 as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?” His desire was to see them, but in the meantime, he wrote to them.

Since that letter the church in Thessalonica was working through numerous trials and a few months later he writes them a second letter, to bolster them in their faith and to comfort this persecuted church, and to correct false teaching that was being taught to them. This he does in 2 Thessalonians chapter 3.

Sometimes I feel like Paul. I wish I could be with everybody all the time, but in the meantime, I thank God for the benefits of our website which is there to share our teaching, to provide you with material that is not mine, but very good material. I also praise God for the benefits of Whatsapp through which I can encourage you. I trust that you use these and read the messages, and that it is of some help to you. Our website has shot through the 900 000 mark of article hits since it’s inception in 2012.

Now, Paul has some commendations to the church and some challenges. I will highlight these and allow Scripture to speak to us under various categories.


2. Commendations.

When compared with the 7 churches of Asia, the letter to Thessalonica sounds like the letters to the churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia.


2.1 They were a committed church.

1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 (ESV) 2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, 3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”

This is a church to learn from. They were commended for their work, faith, labour of love, and steadfastness of faith.

Church family. We need to realise that we are created for good works. Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Faith leads to good works; good works does not produce faith.

Labour of love is one step deeper than works. It means to put you shoulder to the wheel for the sake of your love for Christ and for the saints and to labour. They say that success is 99% perspiration. I do not labour because of love for myself. So, my labour is not egocentric, but Christos-centric and church-centric.

In all of this we remain steadfast as we have an eternal hope in Christ. So, we keep on labouring and we keep on working, not because of a temporary reward but eternal hope.


2.2 They followed their leaders.

Somebody once said that the favourite game cannibals play at their parties is “swallow the leader”. Well this should not be happening in Christianity. We must follow our leaders, rather than devouring them.

We read regarding the church of Thessalonica in 1 Thessalonians 1:6 (ESV) “6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit,”

Too often you will hear us as pastors say: “don’t follow me, follow Christ, because if you follow me you will stumble.” This is such an indictment on us as pastors. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 11:1 (ESV) “1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” That is exactly what the church of Thessalonica did. They were imitators of their leaders and therefore automatically imitators of the Lord. That does not mean that their leaders were perfect, but they could learn from them in their walk, their stewardship, their commitment to worship, their faithfulness, their love for the Word, the way they handle trials and difficulties etc.

At the end of the day, it is Christ we want to imitate. Ephesians 5:1 (ESV) 1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” But more than often our final imitation takes place when we follow role models who follow Christ.


2.3 They were a multiplying church.


And then we all must realise that we in turn become models. And here is a critical question. If everybody was like me, what would the church of Christ look like. We all know the great commission, which by the way is not the great church that we read about in Matthew 28:18-20. I have preached on this before and taught you that based on an understanding of the imperatives and participles in the text we could actually translate it that: “as you are going, make disciples,” or “wherever you go, make disciples.”

The church of Thessalonica understood this. 1 Thessalonians 1:7-8 (ESV) 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8 For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything.”

This is such a great church. They did not only follow their leaders, or imitate their leaders, but they became worthy of imitation. They became an example to all the believers. We often say that the light that shines brightest at home, shines the furthest. The Word of God did not get stuck in Thessalonica, but it spread throughout Macedonia and Achaia.

Now notice something of value. They did not just spread the Word of God on an academic level. It was not about content, but it was about heart. They were not professional missionaries who enjoyed mission holidays in areas on the back of the expenses of others, but never shared their faith at home. Paul says the Word of the Lord sounded forth in one breath, and in the next breath he says that their faith has gone forth everywhere.

Our motto at Logos is: “to know God and to make Him known.” That is why on a Sunday we enter for worship, to get to know God, and we leave to proclaim, to tell others about God.


2.4 They were a truly repentant church.

True repentance requires a 180 degree turn around. It requires a lifestyle change. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

The church of Thessalonica understood this. 1 Thessalonians 1:9 (ESV) 9 For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,”.

We saw under our previous point that they were a multiplying church who shared their faith and the Word of God. The recipients of their testimony understood one thing of the church of Thessalonica. They understood that their lives have changed and that they turned from idols to sever the living and true God. They got it, because they were told it, they got it, because they saw a people whose lives have changed. That is infectious, and it assists in opening ears to listen to the Word of God as they see it impacting lives. If they were to interview our friends, our colleagues, our fellow sportsmen, our neighbours etc. would they claim that we are Christians or what would they say about us?


2.5 They were a serving church.

1 Thessalonians 1:9 (ESV) 9 For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,

Back to our same verse under the previous point. It is not good enough to repent from old ways. Whatever life we had before, the momentous change is that we now serve the living and true God.

Church family, God is, God is alive, God is true, and He is worthy of our service. As the priests served God in the Old Testament, we serve God on another level in the New Testament. Peter writes in 1 Peter 2:5 (ESV) 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” Our sacrifices are spiritual why, because:31whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV)).” We are not here to serve ourselves and our own interests, but to serve God. Paul writes to the church of Colossians in Colossians 3:24 (ESV) 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Paul gives us a glorious promise filled with a challenge in 1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV) 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

This verse reminds us much of the challenge of Christ to the 7 churches to endure to the end. The following words highlight this challenge. He challenges them to be steadfast, immovable and always abounding in the work of the Lord. We are back to the central message to the 7 churches: “I know your works.”

I think by now, this is a message we need to take seriously. What do our works look like? Paul says that our labour in the Lord is not in vain.

We will continue with this church in our next sermon.


2.6 They patiently awaited the return of Christ.

Whether Jesus returns in my generation or the next is no reason for my impatience, as no generation ever has waited longer for the return of Christ than the next. To demand His return in my life is extremely presumptuous. As proof of this, the church of Thessalonica already anticipated the coming of Christ and they precede us by 2000 years. 1 Thessalonians 1:10 (ESV) 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.”

They had the same promise as you and I in John 14:3 (ESV) 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”

God’s history with the world is slightly bigger than His history with them, and it is bigger than His history with us, and we all fit into God’s plan and we know that with God 1000 years is like a day. God’s promises are true. Remember the angelic message in Acts 1:11 (ESV) 11Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Why does the Lord delay? Peter gives us the answer in 2 Peter 3:8-9 (ESV) 8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” He delays so that people will come to repentance. He came at the right time in History, and He will return at the right time in History.

Church family, we must live as second coming people. We must live every moment as if Jesus can return at that moment. The believers in Crete believed this. We read in Titus 2:13 (ESV) 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ,”.

2.7 The Word of God was central to their faith and conduct.

How did this church become the model church that they were? Here you find a church that was still young in years, but they became a model to other believers. I believe the reason is very simple. Under the power of the Holy Spirt they obeyed God’s Word. This caused them to mature as they moved from the ‘milk of the Word’ to the ‘meat of the Word’.

It all started with planting of the church which we read about in Acts 17:1-3 (ESV) 1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.”

Now we read in 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (ESV) where Paul reminds them of those days: 13 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.”

The day all Christians come to grips that the Bible is actually the Word of God, our Creator who is Lord over all, things will change. There is too much of a mindset that we accept from God’s Word that we so desire and the rest we discard.

The Word of God can only be at work in you when you hide it in your heart and meditate on it day and night. Then you experience what is written in Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” If we don’t read it, study it or sit under it, it will never change us as it ought to.

  1. God’s Word has the power to save.
  2. God’s Word has the power to grow us.
  3. God’s Word affirms God’s promises for us.
  4. God’s Word admonishes us.
  5. God’s Word teaches us.
  6. God’s Word perfects us.
  7. God’s Word revives us.
  8. God’s Word unites us.


2.8 They were a persecuted church.


Jesus warned His disciples in John 15:20 (ESV) 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.”

Persecution is to be expected, as Satan is most definitely not a friend of the church, and his servants will do his bidding. Jesus came to seek and to save, Satan goes around like a roaring lion seeking to destroy.


The church in Thessalonica knew all about it. 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16 (ESV)14 For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind 16 by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved—so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But God’s wrath has come upon them at last!”

How they responded to persecution is of greater importance. We are told how they responded. 2 Thessalonians 1:4 (ESV) 4 Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.” This church was a model church in how they handled persecution. Paul was able to boast about them.


Why face persecution. We tend to focus on the downside of persecution, but there is an upside to it.


      • It finds favour with God. 1 Peter 2:20 (ESV) 20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.”
      • It gives opportunity to glorify God. 1 Peter 4:16 (ESV) 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.”
      • It brings great blessing. 1 Peter 4:14 (ESV) 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.”
      • It precedes the promises of God. 1 Peter 5:10 (ESV) 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

2.9 They were a steadfast church.

This church existed for less than a year when Paul wrote to theme. In the midst of persecution and hardship and the testing of their faith, Paul can write in 1 Thessalonians 3:8 (ESV)8 For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord.”

They knew what it was to sing “onward Christian soldiers” as they were battle ready. They had burned their secular and worldly bridges that were controlled by the principalities of Satan, and they stood their ground on the Holy Hill of God’s Grace and power working in them. They were a light shining in darkness, they were salt flavouring their community. They did not give up any ground either to the forces of darkness or the attack of worldly people.


2.10 They were a God pleasing church.

1 Thessalonians 4:1 (ESV) 1 Finally, 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.”

They were pleasing God. All Paul could ask from them was to do it more and more. There was no stagnation here, or lethargy, for them it was onward, forward and upward.

Our lives must be lives pleasing to God. Scripture says much about it.

Philippians 2:13 (ESV) 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”

Hebrews 13:20-21 (ESV) 20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen!

2 Corinthians 5:9 (ESV)9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.”

Our goal is no different to the goal of Christ whose sole aim was to please His Father. John 8:29 (ESV) 29 And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.”

2.11 They were a loving church.

They seemed to understand the words of Christ when He said: John 13:34 (ESV) “34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”

We have previously looked at 1 Thessalonians 1:3 (ESV) where we saw their labour of love:  3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10 (ESV) 9 Now 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, 10 for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more,”

This is such a great testimony of a great church. So often we need to beg and beg Christians to love one another and to ensure that it is tangible. They were just doing it. All Paul could ask from them was to do it more and more. So, even when our love seems perfect, the call is to do better.


2.12 They were a praying church.

We all know that one of the easiest things to do is to tell somebody that you will be praying for them. It is a different thing to do that. Paul knew that he can depend on the prayers of the church of Thessalonica. 2 Thessalonians 3:1 (ESV) “1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honoured, as happened among you…”

We need to be a praying church. You must pray for one another, you must pray for your elders, you must pray for the leaders of our country. We must pray.


3. Criticism.

A person would think that such a glorious church would have nothing to be criticised for, but sadly as with the churches in Asia, so the church of Thessalonica needed a slap on the wrist for things that concerned the Holy Spirit through Paul.

One lesson to be learn is that even model churches are not perfect, but they or their leaders may never treat their imperfection as a reason to justify imperfection. They must always strive for that which is right, to love what God loves and to hate what God hates.

Now what were they criticised for?


3.1 Listening to false teachers.

Sadly, it does not take much for people to be misled. Normally when you have respect for somebody, it is easy to embrace what they say as truth. I have seen this over the years. We had a lady in my previous church who was absolutely committed to the authority of Scripture. She was a major follower of Dr John MacArthur who is one of the best Biblical Expositors around at the moment. Suddenly she fell for the Book – The Bible Code by Michael Drosnin, first published in 1997. He taught that the word Torah for example is spelled out at least 56000 times in Genesis alone. What you have to do though is find the T at some place, then skip 50 letters and you will find the letter O and then skip 50 letters and you will find the letter R and then skip 50 letters and you will find the letter H. That is according to the Hebrew Alphabet. His book became a best seller, and people swallowed everything he taught. How did he find that? Well he used a computer to do that for him. I went to visit the lady who was now propagating this junk and asked her how she could embrace this nonsense? Her reason. She was concerned for the salvation of her son who was not a believer. But he loved computers, and because the Bible Code was done with computers, maybe just maybe the book can draw him to Christ. Wow! The Holy Spirit and the Word of God cannot do that? See how easy it is for good people to embrace false teaching with pure motives.


2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 (ESV) 1 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.”


False teachers will often claim that the Spirit of God has revealed new truth to them through dreams and visions, but Paul says this is by a spirit, definitely not the Spirit of God.

Or they will bring a word from God, a prophetic word, that is contradictory with that which has been revealed in Scripture.

Or they will claim their authority from higher ground. In this case they invoked the name of Paul. Today there are enough false teachers whose names are invoked.


The church of Thessalonica fell exactly where many do today, and it is false teaching regarding the coming of the Lord. The false teachers were clever. They just added the words “Paul said” to their teaching and people embraced it.

Now how does one counteract false teaching. Paul immediately gives two ways to do it. Their deception was based on end times, and Jesus says regarding it, that we must be careful that nobody deceives us.


Firstly, go back to the ancient truth. This is especially true for us who have such glorious access to the Word by owning our own Bibles. 2 Thessalonians 2:5 (ESV)5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you, I told you these things?” Paul taught them, they need nothing new. Friends you must be careful of all these teachers, who through their charisma convince you that the new things they teach, or the supposed deeper understanding they teach is legitimate. If they find something in Scripture that your great Bible teachers don’t, then it simply is not in Scripture. You do not need a Bible Code or secret hidden meanings that nobody else ever have found.


Jude was very clear in Jude 3 (ESV) 3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.”

That which was delivered to us, is delivered once and for all. You do not improve on the Word of God, you do not edit the Word of God, you do not add to the Word of God. It is God’s Word and it stands, and all we must do is to handle it correctly.


Secondly, we must be sure that the message is really from Scripture. Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 3:17 (ESV) 17 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the sign of genuineness in every letter of mine; it is the way I write.” I did a sermon 2 weeks ago on how to study Scripture. In it we spoke about a big word called Hermeneutics. During that sermon we understood that there are rules of interpretation to ensure that we come to the best understanding possibly about the true meaning of the text according to it’s grammatical/historical context. Paul gives them a way to test if the writings are from him. He had an eye sight problem and used scribes. But he wrote the greeting in his own hand. The supposed letter the false teachers got from Paul, did not have that. Simple hermeneutics.


This is important. A few years ago, a pastor told me that all believers must speak in tongues. I turned his attention to 1 Corinthians 12:29-30 (ESV) 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?” I asked him what the answer was to the question. He informed me that the answer to each one differs. To something like ‘tongues’ it is yes, and to some it is no. I informed him that the answer to all of them is the same which is ‘no’. I then pulled my Greek Bible from my shelf and asked him to read what the text said. He could not, so I helped him. The following is the Greek text with the critical word pronounced 'may' highlighted.



Now what does that underlined word mean? I then took him to a dictionary and showed him {may} Meaning: 1) no, not least, of course not. Origin: a primary particle of qualified negation (whereas 3756 expresses an absolute denial).


So, the answer is very simple. No, not all do. Paul in the form of a question is saying that ‘not all’ have any of the mention gifts. I thought that through proper interpretation of the text according to it's grammatical/historical context, it would at least cause us to agree on the topic. His answer to me was really concerning. He said to me: “you know what the problem is with you pastors who have done further studies. You have become too clever for Scripture, and you make up your own meanings.”


Whatever my view, whatever his view, whatever anybody’s view, we must understand Scripture, the way God meant us to. The whole story on gifts  as shared now is simply to illustrate that Paul wrote in a certain way, and there is meaning in what he wrote, and we have the ability to interpret that meaning. Oh, may we be found faithful in doing just that.


There was another issue.


3.2 Undisciplined living.


It seems that some of the people at Thessalonica did not listen. 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 (ESV) 10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.”

There was a group of people who in the light of the bad teaching seemed to sit back and wait for the coming of the Lord, and they refused to work in the process. They sat back and lived on the backs of the rest of the believers. At the same time in their idleness they were busybodies, having a lot to say how the rest should be living. This was simply an unrighteous lifestyle.



What have we learnt and what are the implications. We have learnt from a model church so many qualities that we can model ourselves after. We learnt from this young church 12 lessons for our lives. Can I challenge us this morning, by the grace of God to imitate them?

But then we have learnt that the best churches can fail in some areas. It calls for us to take stock of our own lives, and to see where our weaknesses are. I pray that God will give us at Logos the grace to see our own errors and to fix it. As a body we are called to strengthen our strengths further, and to deal with our weaknesses.


The best way to end this sermon is to quote Peter.

1 Peter 1:13-19 (ESV) “13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”



Soli Deo Gloria

Logos Community Church – 4 & 11 November 2018