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AWAKE! – Responding to the Alarm
The message of the Gospel involves more than just words, it is a call to follow an example of action.
Be grateful for the siblings God has given
[1 – 4] Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy: To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to you and peace. We always thank God for all of you, remembering you constantly in our prayers. We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work of faith, labor of love, and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, knowing your election, brothers loved by God.
Be intentional about the pattern God has provided
[5 – 8] For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, in the Holy Spirit, and with much assurance. You know what kind of men we were among you for your benefit, and you became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message with joy from the Holy Spirit. As a result, you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. For the Lord’s message rang out from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place that your faith in God has gone out. Therefore, we don’t need to say anything,
Be faithful in the hope God has granted
[9 -10] …for they themselves report what kind of reception we had from you: how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead —Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
Applications and Next Steps
- Are you ready today to respond to the power of the Gospel?
- How does your life need to change to match Jesus’ pattern?
- How are you powerfully bringing the Good News to your friends?
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