NOT LEAVING THE WORLD THE WAY WE FOUND IT
I Thess. 1:2-10
May 18, 2003
INTRODUCTION: It was said of Paul and his followers
that "these who have turned the world upside down have
come here too." The city was Thessalonica. It is
possible that Paul had been influenced by the vision
of Alexander the Great. Alexander declared that he
had been sent by God "to unite, to pacify and to
reconcile the whole world." Deliberately he had said
that it was his aim "to marry the East to the West."
He dreamed of one world dominated and enlightened by
the culture of Greece.
After the Acts 16 "Macedonia Call," the Apostle Paul
left Alexandria Troas (Asia) which was called after
Alexander; he came to Macedonia, which was Alexander's
original kingdom; he worked at Philippi, which was
called Philip, Alexander's father; he went to
Thessalonica, which was called after Alexander's half-
sister. The whole territory was saturated with
memories of Alexander, and Paul must surely have
thought, not of a country nor of a continent, but of a
world for Christ.
I. THE FOUNDATION OF THE PAST. 2-4
It had been one that causes:
A. THANKFULNESS. 2a
An attitude of gratitude; grateful hearts.
Song says, "We have come so far, You have been so
Paul's heart was sensitive to God's multiplied
Through many dangers, toils, and snares
I have already come,
Tis grace that brought me safe thus far."
B. PRAYERFULNESS. 2b
On three occasions Paul prayed for the people in the
church of Thessalonica.
1 Thessalonians 3:11-13, "Now may our God and Father
Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to
you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in
love to one another and to all, just as we do to you,
so that He may establish your hearts blameless in
holiness before our God and Father at the coming of
our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints."
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