Sunday Morning Sermon Notes

A CHURCH ON THE MOVE
MAKING JESUS KNOWN

1 Thessalonians 1:1-8 ¶ Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto 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, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; 4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. 5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. 6 ¶ And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: 7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.

 

THE CHURCH’S POSITION 1-2  ”in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ”
THE CHURCH’S PRIORITY 3-5
THE CHURCH’S PROMOTION 6-7
THE CHURCH’S PRESENTATION 8

 

The commentary writer, John Phillips, gives us a little insight on the city of Thessalonica. He states that “The city of Thessalonica had been founded in 316 B. C. and was named for a sister of Alexander the Great. It was a busy and important town with a mixed population of Romans, Greeks, and Jews. It was situated on the Via Egnatia, the great highway that linked Rome with the whole region to the north of the Aegean Sea.”1

 

It was on Paul’s second missionary journey that he started the church in Thessalonica. Here, Paul preached in the Synagogue as well as outside of it. He, Silas, and Timothy were guests of a Jew with the Greek name Jason. There were at least two times when the church in Thessalonica helped Paul financially (Phil 4:16). It wasn’t long before the Jews, as well as the Gentiles, were stirred up and they asked Paul to leave (Acts 17). It was later, when Paul got word of the things pertaining to the new church, that he wrote this letter to them. He begins this letter with great encouragement in what they were doing right. It is here in this first chapter that we find three aspects of a “good-looking church.” Notice with me first of all, that a good looking church will be a church that…

 

 

  1. “LOOKS ALRIGHT” As An Example2 (vs. 6, 7). 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

 

  1. “LOOKS ALIVE” With Enthusiasm (vs. 8, 9). 1 Thessalonians 1:8-9 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;

 

  • “LOOKS AHEAD” In Expectation (vs. 10). 1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait         for  his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which        delivered us from the wrath to come.

 

“When you look for the bad in mankind, expecting to find it, you usually will.” Abraham Lincoln

 

AN ELECT PEOPLE
AN EXCITED PEOPLE
AN ECCENTRIC PEOPLE “peculiar”

MATTHEW 16:13-18

BECAUSE OF ITS OWNERSHIP

BECAUSE OF ITS OPPOSITION

BECAUSE OF ITS OUTREACH

BECAUSE OF ITS OUTCOME

 

A HOLY PEOPLE
            SAVED
            SANCTIFIED
            SEPARATED
            SATURATED
            STUDIOUS
*You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your                                     grandfather was.
            SCRIPTURAL
            Acts 17:10-11
And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

“Wish not so much to live long as to live well.” Benjamin Franklin

A HOPEFUL PEOPLE    “Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like its heaven on earth.”  Mark Twain

 

A HELPFUL PEOPLE “The biggest mistake you can make is continually fearing you will make one.” —Unknown
This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.
Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done

CALLED OUT, CALLED UP, CALLED DOWN, but not CALLED ON!!!!

ATHLETIC BELIEVERS         
EXERCISE THEIR RIGHTS
RUN AROUND AIMLESSLY
PASS THE BUCK
KEEP SCORE

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AN HONOURABLE PEOPLE