Examples to All

    Well, here we are, past the celebration of the Advent of Jesus Christ and staring the second decade of the third millennium AD in the face. That’s right, it is practically 2010! Where has the last decade gone? it seems that it was only months ago we were all worried about the end of the world as we knew it and after the collective sigh has it passed, here we are farther down the same road ten years later. Though we did not get  the change that we expected I think this is to be expected. We always look for change in the coming new year and seldom does it come. Whether it is our diet and exercise program or some other change of behavior or status that we are longing for it seems to elude us most of the time.
 
    Looking forward to the New Year and anticipating that change we began a new series on The ExampleChurch, a study of the first letter to the Thessalonians. Not that thechurch at Thessalonica was a perfect church, it had some problems, butit was a good and flourishing church where the Gospel was going out tothe people around it. It was willing to work hard for that Gospel andto run counter to the culture in its moral convictions. Here we seethat in many ways they are not so different from our own situation. Wehave here in the degeneration of our own culture an increasedopportunity to preach the Gospel and see lives changed! The question is,what will we do with that opportunity?

    The Thessalonians were changed radically and completely as the Gospel took effect in their city. It was a major metropolis famous for trade and for immorality. It was a place where some people were looking for something better. It was a place prepared by God for the Gospel. It was a place where the Apostle Paul made a less than sufficient stop on his second missionary journey after being called to that region in a vision. It became the center of the evangelization of Eastern Europe and a refuge of Orthodoxy for nearly 900 years.

    So, how can we expect to see such a change? It is only the Gospel that can do it. Only the power of God in our own lives that will allow to be said of us what Paul said of the Thessalonians. 1 Thessalonians 1:5

  “Forour gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, andin the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind ofmen we were among you for your sake. 6 And you became followers ofus and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, withjoy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became examples to all inMacedonia and Achaia who believe. 8 For from you the word of theLord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also inevery place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do notneed to say anything.”  Let us seek to know that Gospel and be filled with its power and trust that God will change our world through us!

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Examples to All – 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

In Christ!
Kevin

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