A Church Focused on God’s Vision (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)

A Church Focused on God’s Vision – 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

I. THEY ARE REMEMBERED FOR THEIR DEDICATION

a. Paul commends their work of faith

2 Thessalonians 1:4 therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure.

b. Paul commends their labor of love

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater;

1 Thessalonians 3:12 and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you;

c. Paul commends their steadfastness of hope.

II. THEY ARE REMEMBERED FOR THEIR RECEPTION OF THE GOSPEL

a. The gospel didn’t fall on deaf ears

b. The gospel was received with power

c. The gospel was received under the direction of the Holy Sprit

d. The gospel was received with full conviction

III. THEY ARE REMEMBERED FOR THE DISPLAY OF SAVING GRACE

a. They displayed saving grace by being imitators

b. They displayed saving grace even under tribulation

c. They displayed joy despite the tribulation

d. They displayed saving grace by being examples

e. They displayed enthusiasm about the gospel

f. They displayed enthusiasm by repeating the gospel

g. They displayed enthusiasm by going beyond their doors

h. They displayed enthusiasm in their relationship with God

i. They show enthusiasm as they wait for Christ’s return

Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

j. They showed enthusiasm over their rescue from wrath

2 Thessalonians 1:6-9 (NASB) 6 For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7 and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, 8 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater;

IV. APPLICATION

a. God uses ordinary people to spread the gospel

Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people;

2 Corinthians 4:6-7 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. (7) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (19) “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, (20) teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

b. God uses ordinary people from all walks of life

c. The Word of God is to be central in our work for God

If You Want to Kill the Church

Never go to your church or meetings held there,
If you do go, be late, it’s no one’s affair.
If the weather is bad, either too hot or snowing,
Just stay home and rest, for there’ll be others going.

But should you attend, be sure and remember
To find fault with the work, each official and member.
Be sure to hold back on your offerings and tithes,
The bills will be paid by the rest of the guys.

And never take office if offered the post,
But eagerly criticize work of the host.
If not on a committee you’re placed, be sore!
If you find that you are, don’t attend any more.

When asked your opinion on this thing or that,
Have nothing to say, just turn ’em down flat.
Then after the meeting, shine out like the sun
By telling the folks how it should have been done.

Don’t do any more than you possibly can,
Leave the work for some other woman or man.
And when you see faithful ones work themselves sick,
Then stand up and holler, “It’s run by a clique!”

  1. Are you that kind of individual?   ___ yes     ___ no

 

 

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