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1Thessalonians, Chapter One, Lesson Three

SERVING GOD            Page 4
V. 8 (cont'd.)

** What impact did that have on Paul's missionary message?

"...so that we have no need to say anything..."

These were famous Christians - to God be the glory! It would be wonderful is our lives could be so faithful, so consistent in their representation of the gospel and the righteousness of Christ, that all you would need to say is, "These people are Christians" and everyone would understand how powerful God's saving truth is because of its transforming power in our lives. cf. 1Peter 1:23

V. 9 ** Who are the reporters of verse nine?

The people in Macedonia and Achaia and everyplace!

** About what are they reporting?

The reception that the Thessalonians had given to Paul, Silas and Timothy, as well as their response to the preaching of the word of God.

** Let's take the time to look together at the three fold response which the Thessalonians had to the truth of God's word.

1. They turned to God form idols - "repentance" cf. Romans 2:4 and 2Timothy 2:24-25

2. They serve the living and true God - "faith" cf. Hebrews 9:14 and Ephesians 4:11-12

V.10

3. To wait for His Son from heaven. The glorious return of Jesus Christ. As Christians, we are most effective when we live each day in the light, or knowledge of His imminent return.
cf. 1Thessalonians 2:19, 3:13, 4:16 and 5:23

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