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REFUSING TO LEAVE THE WORLD THE WAY WE FOUND IT (3 of 3)
1 Thess. 1:6-8
June 29, 2003
I. FOUNDATION OF THE PAST.
II. FAITHFULNESS IN THE PRESENT.
III. FOCUSING ON OUR POTENTIAL.
INTRODUCTION: It is recorded of the Lord Jesus Christ
that on one occasion He entered into a house at a
certain place "and wanted no one to know it, but He
could not be hidden." (Mark 7:24). Although He
sought seclusion, He was found out by those who were
in need of His help. As Christ could not be hidden,
because of His wonder-working power, as seen in His
miracle, so neither can Christ be concealed in the
lives of His people, for where He is it must be known.
The grace of God in the heart is like the super-
abundance of sap in the vine, which must show itself
in the fruit in the branches. Thus the work of grace
was seen in the saints at Thessalonica, for they
copied the pattern that was seen in the lives of the
Apostles, who were exemplifying the life of Christ.
III. FOCUSING ON OUR POTENTIAL. 6-10
A. IMITATION. 6a
"and you became followers of us and of the Lord"
1. Imitators of the Servants of God.
"followers of us" - mimics, model
1 Cor 11:1, "Imitate me, just as I also IMITATE
1 Cor. 4:14-17, "I do not write these things to shame
you, but as my beloved children I warn YOU. For though
you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet
YOU DO not HAVE many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I
have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge
you, imitate me. For this reason I have sent Timothy
to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the
Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I
teach everywhere in every church."
Timothy, by his own instruction and example would
reinforce the eternal truths Paul had taught him.
"The life of a good man is a stimulus to similarity of
The conduct of the Apostle Paul was reproduced in the
lives of the sa ...
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