1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
The Thessalonians’ Faith and Example
2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, 3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. 9For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
a. Work and Faith cannot be separated
b. You are chosen, be an imitator of God
c. THIS IS NATURAL FOR A BELIEVER
- Salvation begins with God.
- Salvation involves God’s love.
- Salvation involves faith.
- Salvation involves the Trinity.
- Salvation changes the life.
The person who claims to be one of God’s elect, but whose life has not changed, is only fooling himself.
e. Those whom God chooses, He changes.
a. Labor takes a step past work…to hard work
b. It sometimes takes hard work (labor) to show love to people
c. To Labor in Love: You choose to love the unlovely and demonstrate the love of Christ no matter the cost.
d. THIS IS THE CHOICE OF THE BELIEVER
e. The People of God make a choice: What are we to look like?
- An Exemplary People (1 Thes. 1:5–7)
- They received the Word (v. 5)
- They followed their spiritual leaders (v. 6a)
- They suffered for Christ (v. 6b
- They encouraged other churches (v. 7)
An Enthusiastic People (1 Thes. 1:8)
An Expectant People (1 Thes. 1:9–10)
a. Genuine Faith, Genuine Love…WILL give HOPE
b. Hope replaces fear, anger,
c. THIS IS THE LEGACY OF THE BELIEVER