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When she told me her story, I was intrigued.
You see, when the Christian store owner caught her shoplifting, he gave her two choices: Bible study or arrest.
She naturally chose Bible study, and it changed her life.
Getting caught was the best thing that ever happened to her. And the merciful store owner not only led her to the Lord but later became her employer.
That's salvation--it catches us red-handed in our sins and gives us a choice: pay the penalty of eternal death or take our place in the employ of our merciful Savior, taking up His cross and following Him.
And those of us who choose to follow Christ, are not only saved, we're changed! Knowing Christ makes us do things we never thought we could do and be a person we never thought we could be.
It's the best thing that ever happens to us!
Can I get an "Amen"?
The 10 verses below reveal the wonder and beauty of God's work in the lives of those who follow Him. Enjoy the miracle of these converted lives and answer these questions:
♥ What 3 characteristics and 3 motivations of these converts are found in verse 3.
♥ What other qualities of these new believers does Paul list in the remaining verses?
♥ Take some time to think about your own faith. How is your story similar the converts in this passage? How is it different?
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10: Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you. 2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
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copyright, Gail Burton Purath, 2013, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted