What's the Good Word to You? - Evidence of Being Chosen by God (2 of 7) by Jeff Lynn

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What’s the Good Word to You? - Evidence of Being Chosen by God (2 of 7)
Series: Good to Great
Jeff Lynn
1 Thessalonians 1:4-10
Preached July 19, 2009

INTRODUCTION

Aren’t you glad there isn’t some kind of test to see whether or not you’re going to heaven, like having to name the twelve tribes of Israel, or name the 12 apostles, or know what the longest word in the Bible is?

Well, it seems that Forrest Gump wasn’t so lucky. When he died he was taken to the Pearly Gates where St. Peter told Forrest that the place was filling up fast and so they had to start administering an entrance exam to heaven.

What two days of the week begin with the letter “T”?
How many seconds are there in a year?
What is God’s first name?

Today/tomorrow
12- January 2, February 2...
Andy. Andy walks with me, Andy talks with me

But seriously, how DO you know that you are going to heaven; that you are a Christ-follower? BTW, can you imagine going through life not ever knowing whether or not you’re going to heaven?

Isn’t there some type of measuring stick?

Can you know that God has chosen you? Sure you can. In 1 John 5:13 he writes,

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.”
1 John 5:13

The whole book of 1 John was written to show what should be the results of one who calls him or herself a Christ-follower.

So, yes, there is a way you can KNOW you have eternal life.

Paul said in 2 Corinthians 13:5

“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.”
2 Corinthians 13:5
So, this morning, we are going to take a little test to see if we’re in the faith.

TEXT: 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10

PRAY

Now, I may cause all kind of confusion and frustration at this point, but when Paul says that these Thessalonian believers were “chosen,” he uses that to communicate their relationship to God.

(Talk about the mystery of the Sovereignty of God vs R ...


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