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Church Matters - pt.3

Church Matters - pt.3

Being a Conspicuous Church1 Thessalonians 1:2-10Over the past two weeks we have seen that the church is a recognizable group of Christ-followers who are distinguished by their experience of the Gospel, their commitment to theological understanding, to authentic worship, and to the mission of Christ in the world. Today we unpack just what it means to be about the mission of Christ. Just what is this "righteous influence" that Jesus Christ intends to extend through His church? Are we on the earth to bring about external morality, or internal, eternal change through the Spirit and the Word? Today we return to inspect the church of Thessalonica and see through Paul’s description of them a strategy for today. This group of recognizable Christ-followers was conspicuous in their holy living, their doctrinal convictions, and for the way the word of the Lord "sounded forth" from them. Like the apostles before them (see: Acts 5:28), they were filling their world with the teachings of Jesus Chris