It's Not the Same Everywhere
April 30, 2006
INTRODUCTION: We seem to have more of a Berean fellowship than a Thessalonian church. People are more responsive than rebellious. People are more open to the truth than closed-minded. They were more committed to the Word of God than the man who expounded it.
There are many similarities in both of these churches/cities to what we see happening in church life today. There is a major contrast in Thessalonica versus Berea, however, Paul proves to be faithful to his mission in both situations.
I. THEIR CONVERTS WON. 4
A. CHRISTIANITY'S INFLUENCE.
"some of them were persuaded" – convinced by the exposition of Scripture
2. Devout Greeks
3. Leading Women
David Williams – In a survey of pastors, typically 53% did not witness in the last 6 months. Reason – busyness. 3 out of 4 people who come to Christ do so before 15 years of age. America is at its most receptive harvest according to recent surveys. 4 out of 8 say they are ready for someone to tell them.
GREAT TRUTH: Gospel is for all!
1 Thessalonians 1:5-8, "For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything."
B. COMPANION'S IMPACT.
"joined Paul & Silas" – those who would influence the world for Christ must recognize that they cannot do it alone. Discipling others, who in turn disciple still others.
2 Timothy 2:2, "And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit ...
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