Get Up and Get in the Fight
I Thessalonians 3:1-2
I. THEY WERE POSSESSING CHRISTIANS – V1-2
II. THEY WERE PERSCUTED CHRISTIANS – (3:3,4)
III. THEY WERE PERSERVERING CHRISTIANS ( 3:7,8)
IV. THEY WERE NOT A PERFECT CHURCH (3:10-12)
On June 12, 1944, just six days after D-Day in World War II, a young lieutenant named Richard Winters led his men to the outskirts of Carentan. As the officer in charge of Easy Company, of the 101st Airborne, he was tasked to clear the large French town of its German defenders. It would be a small battle, but it played a significant role in the massive effort to rid the world of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.
As Winters led his company up the road toward town, the company started taking machine gun fire from a German MG42. The men instinctively dived for cover into ditches on either side of the road, and stayed there--they froze. Not only was the success of the mission in jeopardy, but the men were easy targets for enemy machine gun and sniper fire.
What happened next proved to be the turning point in the battle for Carentan--it's the stuff legends are made of. Lt. Winters went into the middle of the road and, with bullets hissing past him, started yelling at his troops to get up out of the ditches and engage the enemy. His words, coupled with his heroic action, motivated the men to get up, get in the fight, and gain a decisive victory over the Germans.
Winters' disregard for personal safety in his effort to save his men from certain death didn't just earn him a medal; his actions earned him the love, respect, and admiration of his men. They followed him faithfully from Carentan, through the nightmarish Battle of the Bulge, and on to triumph at Hitler's Eagle's Nest.
If Paul could leave us a message I believe he would say to all of get up and get in the fight. He inspired these young converts to do exactly that.
Paul wrote to letters to the Christians in Thessalonica ...
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