Turning, Serving and Waiting
I Thessalonians 1:9-10
The first chapter of Paul's letter to the Thessalonians has always been an inspiration to earnest Christian preachers as they have studied the kind of Christians who met together in that early assembly of believers.
Yet, this chapter that speaks of the glow in the lives of these early Christians is a rebuke to every cold-hearted and carnal church. Thousands of sermons from the first chapter have warmed the hearts of the saints of God down through the ages.
Paul, in these verses, speaks in glowing terms about their Christian life and conduct. Their spiritual aggressiveness and their clear-cut separation from the world of idolatry had stamped itself indelibly upon his heart.
Their blazing fervency to make Christ known to the ends of the earth was indeed an inspiration to Paul and should be to every person who reads this scripture.
Not only do we find Paul's testimony concerning them in the first eight verses but we have a testimony of their conduct and actions in verses 9 and 10.
Why was the Thessalonians Church a model for all Churches and for all believers? Billy Graham said, "Our greatest need today is not more Christianity but more true Christians. The world can argue against Christianity as an institution, but there is no convincing argument against a person who, through the Spirit of God, has been made Christ like.
Why was their faith worth talking about?
What made them so special? What were they doing that as far as Paul was concerned was so right?
They should thrill our hearts and stir our souls in like fashion. I want you to see three outstanding thoughts in these two verses.
I. FAITH IN A CRUCIFIED CHRIST
"How ye turned to God from idols."
Have you turned? Look at the middle phrase of verse 9: "...They tell how you turned to God from idols..." Situated just 50 miles from Mount Olympus, where the Greek gods were said to live, when the ...
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