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Summary: To illustrate six aspects that should be present in every vibrant church.

Aspects of a Vibrant Church

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

1. They had great conviction and assurance. v5

a. First in salvation. John 16:8-11

b. Second in proclamation. 1 Corinthians 1:18, Romans 1:16

2. They became imitators of Paul and Jesus. v6

a. Paul said to follow him. 1 Corinthians 4:16

b. We are to imitate God. Ephesians 5:1; Matthew 5:48

3. They became examples to the world v7

a. Example: the impression made from a die

b. Could that be said of us in our county, state?

4. They sounded forth the Gospel v8 (sound out like a trumpet, continuing)

5. They had true repentance v9 (Turned from idols). What are our idols?

Quote from R M M’Cheyne

a. Self righteousness

b. Darling sins

6. They waited for Christ’s return v10

a. The demons feared it. Matthew 8:29

b. The lost want to be killed. Revelation 6:15-16

c. We look to that day with hope. 2 Timothy 4:8; 2 Peter 3:9-14

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