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Turning to God, to Serve and to Wait for The Son 1Thessalonians 1:6-10 Presented by Bob DeWaay October 23, 2005 Genuine Faith that Endures Persecution Because of a Work of the Holy Spirit 1Thessalonians 1:6 You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit, Joy in Persecution Acts 5:40, 41 They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. They are a Model Church 1Thessalonians 1:7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. Macedonia and Achaia Macedonia and Achaia Their Lives Demonstrated the Power of the Gospel to Others 1Thessalonians 1:8 For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything. A Description of True Conversion 1Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God Pagans Misunderstand the Gospel Acts 14:12, 13 And they began calling Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds. Paul Tells Them to Turn from Idols Acts 14:14, 15 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their robes and rushed out into the crowd, crying out and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We are also men of the same nature as you, and preach the gospel to you that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.” Paul Explains General Revelation Acts 14:16, 17 In the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways; and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness. Turning, to Serve and to Wait 1Thessalonians 1:9, 10 For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. True Christians Wait Expectantly for Christ’s Return Being Delivered From God’s Wrath 1Thessalonians 1:10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. Applications Our lives and words should show others the truth of the gospel. Having repented, we should actively serve God. Being saved from God’s wrath, we should long for Christ’s return. Our lives and words should show others the truth of the gospel. 2Corinthians 4:2 but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. Our lives and words should show others the truth of the gospel. 2Corinthians 4:3, 4 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. Our lives and words should show others the truth of the gospel. 2Corinthians 4:5, 6 For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond- servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. Having repented, we should actively serve God. Hebrews 9:14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Being saved from God’s wrath, we should long for Christ’s return. Romans 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
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