A Model Church for Us

I Thessalonians 1:5-10
Sunday Morning Service
Speaker or Group
Pastor James Zaebst

I Thessalonians 1:5:  Our Gospel came unto you.  They had received the Gospel and were saved as a result.  The Thessalonians were a soul-winning church, they did not just take from other congregations (II Corinthians 10:15 and 16).  They took their ambassadorship seriously (II Corinthians 5:20).

I Thessalonians 1:6:  You became followers of us.  Believers were being discipled in the faith.  The Word was being faithfully taught and people were growing (I Peter 2:2 and Acts 20:32).

I Thessalonians 1:7:  You were (became) an example to others.  They were living in such a way as to set a Godly example of a believer.  We are all to live as a Godly example (Matthew 5:14-16 and II Timothy 4:12).

I Thessalonians 1:8:  You sounded out the Word.  They were actively preaching and teaching the Word of God.  They were not getting distracted.  Only the Word saves (II Timothy 3:15).  Only the Word can transform hearts and minds (Titus 3:5).

I Thessalonians 1:9:  You turned to God to Serve God.  They were actively working and serving the Lord.  Everyone has an opportunity to serve and should do so (Romans 12:3-8).  No one is saved in order to do nothing (Ephesians 2:8-10).

I Thessalonians 1:10:  They were waiting for His Son.  They were living their lives in full anticipation that Christ Himself could come for them at any moment (Titus 2:12 and 13).