Welcoming the Word of God
I Thessalonians 2:13
I.WE CAN RECEIVE GOD'S WORD -V 13
II. WE CAN RESPECT GOD'S WORD- V 13
III. WE CAN RESPOND TO GOD'S WORD- V 13
John Wanamaker was one of the greatest businessmen our country ever had. One day, he was giving a speech at his place of business. And he said, ''I have of course made large purchases of property in my lifetime ... and the buildings and grounds in which we are now meeting represent a value of approximately $20 billion!
''But the biggest purchase I ever made was when I was an 11-year-old country boy. In a little mission Sunday school, I bought from my teacher a small, red leather Bible.
The Bible cost me $2.75, which I paid for in small monthly installments. That was my greatest purchase, for that Bible made me what I am today.''
I. WE CAN RECEIVE GOD'S WORD -verse 13
Notice the words of Paul. You receive the Word of God, you accepted it.
The Word of God is faithfully preached behind this pulpit every Lord's Day. It goes forth every week with power and is heard by many.
But whether it ultimately profits you depends wholly upon how you receive it - merely as the words of a man preaching, or as the very Word of God.
The church at Thessalonica was a cause of great blessing to Paul because they received the Word of God savingly and were steadfast, unmovable, abounding Christians.
These Christians received the Word of God as the Word of God, and as a result, it ''effectually'' worked within them producing the fruits of the Spirit for which Paul rejoiced and was thankful for.
We see this in the lives of the members of the church at Thessalonica, how the inspired Word of God profited them, making them complete, sold-out, and overcoming Christians,
1 Thessalonians 2:13
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, whi ...
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