Sermon Notes

Sermon Notes – 9/27/2020
Evidence of God’s Choice – 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10


“How can you tell if someone is saved?”

Ungodliness in the Church

Difficulty in distinguishing the true and the false: Tares that appear pious and Christians who sin

Paul’s Thankfulness to God – 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

Demonstrated in praying for them

Demonstrated in remembering their Work of Faith, Labor of Love, and Steadfastness of Hope in Jesus

Demonstrated in knowing God’s choice of them

God’s Choice – 1 Thessalonians 1:4

He knew (oi\da /oida) about them by experience and reports

Brethren beloved by God

[God’s] election of them

Romans 3:10-12 (Psalm 14:1-3)

John 6:44 & 65

Ephesians 2:1-10

Romans 8:29–30

Ephesians 1:3–6

  1. A) God Exists outside of time. B) He Loved first. C) He choose, not us.

Man’s depravity & rejection of God’s call and command to believe

First Evidences of Election – 1 Thessalonians 1:5

Religious hucksters

The Gospel came in word

The Gospel came in power

The Gospel came in the Holy Spirit

The Gospel came with full confidence

Their witnesses

Proclaim God’s Gospel, not man’s wisdom

Second Evidences of Election – 1 Thessalonians 1:6-8

Mimic / Imitate

Imitators of the missionaries and Christ – 1 Cor. 11:1

Making disciples – Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 6:40

Their reception of the word

The tribulation they encountered

Paul, Silas & Timothy

The also became examples to other believers

The word of the Lord sounded forth from them

Third Evidences of Election – 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10

Turning / conversion (ejpistrevqw / epistrephō )

Conversion to God from idols

Turning to serve God, who is living and true, from idols that are dead and fictitious

Turning to wait for an assured future hope from uncertainty

Waiting for Jesus


– Parents, you are responsible to apply God’s Word to your children’s lives. Here is some help. Young Children – draw a picture about something you hear during the sermon. Explain your picture(s) to your parents at lunch. Older Children – Do one or more of the following:1) Count how many times the word “evidence” is used. 2) Talk with your parents about the evidence that would demonstrate someone is a Christian.

– Questions to consider in understanding the sermon and its application. Why can it be difficult to tell if someone is a true Christian or not? In what three ways did Paul express His thankfulness to God for the Thessalonians? In 1:3, what three things does Paul cite that he remembers about them? What do they refer to? In what way does Paul “know” God’s choice of them? What is the significance of Paul calling them “brethren beloved by God”? What is election / choice (ejklogh;n /eklogān)? Why would a professing Christian reject this doctrine? What do the following verses teach about election: Romans 3:10-12 (Psalm 14:1-3), John 6:44 & 65, Ephesians 2:1-10, Romans 8:29–30, Ephesians 1:3–6. Why would a mature Christian love the doctrine of election? What are the evidences of election in 1 Thess. 1:5? How did the gospel come to them? Why is it dangerous to us marketing techniques in evangelism? What is the evidence of election in 1 Thess. 1:6-8? In what three ways were they imitators of the missionaries? Explain each one. What evidences of election in does Paul point out in 1 Thess. 1:9-10? Who were those giving these reports to Paul? What kind of reception did the Thessalonians give to the missionaries? What does it mean to turn (ejpistrevqw / epistrephō)? Why did turning to God from idols require God’s election? How do you think the other pagans would react to such a conversions? Why does turning to serve God require God’s election? Who / what were they serving previously? What did the pagans expect after death? Describe the nature of their waiting for Jesus return? Where did they expect Him to come from? What did they expect would happen upon His return? What evidence is there that you are one of the elect, a genuine Christian? If the evidence is lacking, why? And what needs to change? What have you done / will you do regarding God’s call to repent and believe?