A Church on the Brink: Influence and Imitation

This is the final observation that I took from chapter 1 of 1 Thessalonians. Enjoy!

III. Healthy Churches Imitate Christ and Influence Others (Verses 6-10)

They imitated the missionaries and Christ in 2 major ways:
1st—they gladly endured persecution for the sake of the Gospel (6,7) {Jason was one example of this}
2nd—they shared the gospel with others (8)

From the beginning they functioned as a missionary church!

Verse 9—Their reputation was spreading as a people who had been greatly changed
They had turned from idols to the living God! There was an observable change!

Verse 10—the chapter ends on another note of hope:

Wait on Jesus!—this has implications for holy living…What would you do this afternoon if you knew Jesus was coming back tomorrow?

Paul connects this in his evangelism: Acts 17:31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

Hope for believers: rescued from wrath to come by Jesus!

Judgment is Sure for those who reject Christ! (Have you thought of yourself as one who rejects Christ?)

God’s wrath is personal! Romans 2:16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus

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One thought on “A Church on the Brink: Influence and Imitation

  1. Petro says:

    hi, hi, hi! Beautiful site.

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