Share Christ Boldly 1 Thessalonians 3:6

Posted: October 24, 2010 in 1 Thessalonians
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(1Th 3:6) But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and brought us good news of your faith and love, and that you always have good remembrance of us, greatly desiring to see us, as we also to see you—

At this point Paul is in Corinth. Silas and Timothy had already met up with Paul in Athens and then Paul sent them to Macedonia to check on the Thessalonians. You have to look back to Acts 18:5 to see what Paul does, or should I say God does with the good news he had just received from Timothy. This is cool, lets look at Acts 18:5

(Act 18:5) When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ.

Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ! How cool is that?

Let’s put this in perspective, Paul just gets to Corinth after a sermon in Athens where he never even mentioned Christ one time. Now Timothy comes to him with the good news from Thessalonica, where he preached Jesus as Christ. And what is Paul compelled to do by the Spirit? Preach Christ! Before we move on I want to compare what happened in Thessalonica where Paul preached Jesus as Christ, with Athens where there is no mention of Christ at all.

After preaching in Thessalonica we read this;

(Act 17:4) And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas.

Now let’s look at Athens;

(Act 17:34) However, some men joined him and believed, among them Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

I believe if we stick to sharing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour verses trying to water it down and using our own intellect we stand a much better chance of bringing souls to Heaven with us.

Now lets get back to the good news. We all could use a little good news sometimes, and as you can see Paul really needed some at this point. How encouraging it must have been for Paul after laboring so hard in Thessalonica, to hear that they are doing good in their faith and love and that they couldn’t wait to see him again.

I think it’s important tho that we understand that we’re not always going to have success when we try and lead someone to the Lord, we’re not always going to hear those awesome words “they accepted the Lord”, it’s bound to happen that the seed just doesn’t take hold. But don’t give up and don’t loose heart, we just have to move on to the next soul in need of a Saviour. If we keep spreading the good news eventually your going to get some news like Paul did that’s going to set you on fire, that’s going encourage you to get out and share Christ that much more boldly.

 

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Comments
  1. Katie Marquez says:

    What a wonderful example of how the testimony of Christ in our daily conversations with non-believers (and believers alike) can have more power to draw others closer to the Lord. I often find myself sharing teachings with my unsaved friends, but not sharing where those teachings have come from, for fear of their rejection. This is a good illustration of how that can be quite the opposite.

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