Evidence of a Model Church (3 of 10) by Jerry Watts

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Evidence of a Model Church (3 of 10)
Series: The Model Church
Jerry Watts
1 Thessalonians 1:8-10

(TEXT) I cut my teeth watching legal shows; Perry Mason, then Matlock, L.A. Law, and then Jag! There was always something about legal battles which intrigued me (along with millions). One of the great strengths of our system of juris prudence is that only the facts are considered and these facts are established by the preponderance of the evidence. EVIDENCE! What a powerful word.

Many of us have heard sermons, Sunday school lessons, and other messages where we have been asked this question, ''If you were accused of being a follower of Christ (Christian), would there be enough evidence to convict?'' What a question!

Since we are talking about ''The Model Church'' and really desiring to be such, this question can be and needs to be asked of this church, ''If we were brought up on those charges of being church of the Lord Jesus Christ, would there be enough evidence to convict?'' For me, this is a fundamental question which requires an answer - for all kinds of reasons. 1st - One day we will stand before the one who established, died for, and claims the 'CHURCH' as His bride - I want to be able to stand before Him and say ''I did my best to be what YOU want me and us to be.'' You know what else? My heart's desire is to hear HIM say, ''WELL DONE!'' But as I have relayed so many times, ''We won't hear a 'well done' if we have not 'done well' according to HIM, not us.''

This morning consider the Thessalonian church, not as perfect, but as a model. A model which we can imitate. And we do it because they fulfilled our Lord's command, and THEY are a role model which we can imitate. In our text, three pieces of evidence or indictments jump out at us. These pieces of evidence prove their name as a model church because this is Christ's message for us!

Salvation - Look at what it says in verse 9. They ''Turned from Idols to God'' which the ''Work of faith'' is fou ...

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