by Jerry Vines

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An Upside down Church (7 of 12)
Series: Church 2000
Jerry Vines
I Thessalonians 1

We are looking at Church 2000 trying to understand what the church is, what the church is intended to do, and tonight I want to talk about an upside down church. Really from any perspective a church is a miracle of God. One moment it is not there, the next moment it is. That's what happened on the day of Pentecost. The church was a mystery, hid in the heart of God through all of the ages. It was revealed in the New Testament time. So, we are looking at this miracle of God. But when you think about it a church is a miracle. Because a church is made up of people who were just old sinners and they are saved by the wonderful grace of the Lord. Then they are brought together in a fellowship that we call a church. In the first verse of the first chapter we are told that Paul is writing unto the church of the Thessalonians. The word, church, literally means ''called out ones.''

The church is made up of people who have been called out of death into life. They have been called out of Satan into the Savior. They have been called out of deceit into victory. So, a church is a miracle of God. The Church in Thessalonica was certainly a miracle of God. The Apostle Paul went there and preached perhaps less than a month and yet at the end of that period of time we have a church which is amazing when you read the letter which Paul wrote to it some time afterward. The city of Thessalonica was large for that day--about 2000 people. It is one of the cities of the ancient world which is still thriving today. It is now known as Thessaloneke. Last time I saw it has a population of about 300,000 people.

Paul had a strategy as he carried out his journeys. The Lord saved Paul on the Damascus Road and he immediately became an apostle and evangelist and a missionary seeking to spread the good news of what Jesus had done for him to the whole world. But there was a strategy Paul used. If you study care ...

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