The Church with God's Hand of Favor
Series: Living While Looking Up
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
If there was ever a church that experienced God's hand of favor .. it was the church at Thessalonica. If you moved into Thessalonica back then and were looking for a church to join ... you would have joined this church. It was an exciting .. thriving .. a loving church. It was a church with God's hand of favor.
And it's that church that we're going to be looking at today and for several Sundays together as we begin a new series of messages from the book of 1st Thessalonians. You will not want to miss a single message.
Now before we begin reading in 1 Thessalonians .. I want to show you something back in Acts 17. Paul and Silas are on their 2nd missionary journey and God leads them to the capital city of Macedonia to establish a church. Thessalonica …a Roman colony .. was named for the sister of Alexander the Great. When Paul and Silas arrived there .. they were the only believers. They looked around and thought, "Look at all the prospects for Jesus."
You may be the only believer where you work … on your block .. in your class .. don't let that discourage you! Let that encourage you! God's placed you there just as He placed Paul and Silas in Thessalonica: to help bring others to Jesus! To invite them to hear the Bible preached! To share your testimony with them. To SPLASH them (show people love and share Him) in Jesus' name!
Now look with me to Acts 17 where we discover what Paul and Silas did upon arriving in this godless city called Thessalonica.
Acts 17.1-4: 1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus whom I preac ...
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