WHAT GIVES CONFIDENCE TO OUR MESSAGE?
I Thess. 1:5-7
March 12, 1995
INTRODUCTION: From the very inception of this church, Paul
looked to them with joy and gratitude as Christians worthy of
the name. The Bible refers to them as examples to all that
looked on them. In these three short verses Paul speaks of the
confidence he had gained in sharing the good news. We are
told that 80% of the people that will ever trust Christ as Lord
and Savior will do so through the influence and witness of a
friend. Eight out of ten people that will ever attend our
church as a visitor will come at the simple invitation of a
Just as much as the church at Thessalonica was influential in
the first century, we, at Woodstock, can and need to influence
the 20th century and beyond. If you and I are to share the
good news of Jesus Christ, we must have confidence in our
Paul gained confidence through:
I. THE GOSPEL'S EMPOWERMENT. 5
A. THE GOSPEL'S CONNECTION. 5a
"our gospel did not come to you in word only"
There's a never-ending mystery in this preaching and
teaching of the Gospel. How does the human word
become the divine word? ...
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