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Turning to God, to Serve and to Wait for by wio18411

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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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