Sunday, May 5, 2013

Bible Study- 1 Thessalonians 1

1 Thessalonians 1  (NKJV)
1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, 3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, 4 knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. 5 For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.
6 And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. 8 For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything. 9 For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Good News- Positive News –We need it-we win!
Vs. 1 -3 Give folks GOOD NEWS when it is deserved –do not be like the old farmer who never tells his wife he loves her - he said he said it once and would let his wife know if he ever changed his mind.
Vs. 4 We have won –are winning-going to win –Christ already won-we are playing it out to get more elect- C.H. Spurgeon “God save the elect and elect some more.”
VS. 5 the gospel is real and it works- With power!
Vs 6-The word comes in our affliction-He hears our cry!
VS7- 8  It matters how you live to unbelievers.  Actions speak with words.
Vs.9-10  Your actions become the talk of the town. Redeemed lives helped convert other people. The Colossians turned from idols to God and they are known citizens of Heaven who will miss the wrath to come.  What wrath? The wrath of God poured out on sinners.  Jesus took the wrath of all those who repent and believe.    

Bishop Mack Stokes said there were 3 reasons for the church 1) Maintenance of worship,  2) Edification or discipleship –this includes missions and ministries. 3) We are fortunate to participate in the evangelization of the world.

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