REFUSING TO LEAVE THE WORLD THE WAY WE FOUND IT
1 Thess. 1:8-10
July 13, 2003
INTRODUCTION: The "work of faith" and "labor of love"
expressed itself in their sharing of the gospel with
others. Verse 5 reminds us that "the word of God came
to them," and verse 8 reminds us that the word of God
"went out from them". The word both "receives" and
Vance Havner said, "Jesus takes the disciple and makes
not a depository, but a disperser out of him and
through him reaches others."
The Thessalonians realized that the gospel did not
originate with them, but they had received it so
wholeheartedly that its echoes were heard everywhere.
The reports of their faith were being heard, often
carried by unbelievers.
Ps. 126:2b says "Then they said among the nations
(Gentiles), 'The Lord has done great things for them."
The Lord's message rang out. It is a reminder that we
have reputations that influence how others respond to
our Lord. The vibrancy of our faith can spread the
gospel and influence the RECEPTION which it receives
beyond our areas and region. (Far beyond out
I. THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SPREADING GOSPEL. 8
A. LIKE A PENETRATING TRUMPET.
"the word of the Lord has sounded forth"
to sound out like a trumpet, to reverberate like our
echo, the sound of thunder. It marks forcibly both
the clear and the persuasive nature of the word of the
Lord. The gospel proclaimed by the Thessalonians made
a LOUD NOISE, which seemed to reverberate through the
hills and valleys of Greece.
A perfect tense verb form is used in this statement
indicating not a finished act, but a continuing
B. LIKE A POWERFUL TESTIMONY.
"your faith toward God has gone out" - "the word of
the Lord" was ringing out in direct preaching while
"your faith toward God" was becoming known in indirect
John Stott noted an important lesson here. "We are ...
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