Excited and Expectant!

Well we are back for our third helping of 1 Thessalonians 1. Looking at 1 Thessalonians as a “Good Church” in the New Testament is proving to be an encouragement to our church. In the first chapter we have seen them as the EXAMPLE CHURCH  (1 Thessalonians 1:7) and the ELECT CHURCH (1 Thessalonians 1:4) and today we see them in 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 as the EXCITED and EXPECTANT CHURCH. It almost sounds like they are pregnant doesn’t it? Well in a way they are. They are filled with the Gospel and the Holy Spirit and are seeing “new births” on a regular basis.

What does it take for us to be the Excited and Expectant church that they were? We looked at the thing that gets most Ohians excited, OSU Football and tried to draw some parallels to see if that is what it takes to make an excited church.

  1. Community

  1. A sense of Ownership

  1. Being a part of something successful.

  1. Opportunities to participate

Many churches try to generate the same attitude that is here with the same methods. Is that what worked for the Thessalonians? There is a foundational element that is missing in this equation that makes the Thessalonians excited or zealous! What is that element and how do we get it into our churches?

I guess you have to listen to the message and find out! Audio is available on the following websites:

1in1000.org on the Sermons Page
Excited and Expectant! – 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10

SermonCloud.com
Excited and Expectant! – 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10

In Christ!
Kevin
 

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