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November 12, 2020 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based preaching up Dr. Don Wilton had a message from first Thessalonians is just a moment. Dr. Wilton takes us to first Thessalonians 1 verse one just one man is reopen the word together. Know that we are excited to study the word and to be here for you both on line at tewonline.org Jeep and this phone number 866899 word 866-899-WORD 9673 would love to connect with you and connect with great resources to benefit right now.
You can sign up online for the daily Encouraging Word email from Dr. Don. It is a wonderful jumpstart your quiet time every day. That's online TEW online.org pallets open our hearts and God's word together with Dr. Don Wilton. Some of you are going to have in the back of your Bible. I have in mind that you can't see it so I'm in a try to hold it up there, but it's not gonna make any difference whatsoever, but I am in the back of my Bible all maps will know what a map is done. We will maps and I have in the back of my Bible. A map that is entitled masonry journey. There were three missionary journeys that Yolanda took Jesus Christ is real. Jesus Christ is alive. Jesus Christ was St. as God's son for real down to a real this earth that we live on.
He is not make-believe. He's not symbolic of something he's not a vapor or parsing fantasy. I have a real relationship with the real Lord Jesus Christ has forgiven real sin for real for ever and I'm real that one day I'm going to spend forever with how about you and Jesus came to this earth. This is this is the planet God created the heavens and have you ever wondered why he singled out the wondered why he didn't include a whole lot of other places well with trying hard to find bolos other place I think we ever gonna find them is they live on this and as they laugh on that.
The Bible says God created the heavens and earth was singled out. This is where the garden of Eden laws to talk about that today. I believe that this is going to go back to its original sinless state. Often Jesus comes. I believe in heaven on earth.
I believe folks that this is where we going to live. I forever.
We are living our heavenly bodies. I'm not getting into that we've already got a little bit of that. It's a fascinating subject, and when Cole gave his life to Jesus Christ.
He undertook three missionary journeys. He traveled all over his known world telling people about the Lord Jesus Christ and first place alone hands is Cole's first letter.
It is a letter that he wrote to the congregation to the Christian people in a place called Thessalonica right now.
Let me pointed Thessalonica. There is Thessalonica right this is the Aegean Sea.
You get the Adriatic Sea.
The top part of the Mediterranean on that side right. This is modern-day Serbia and Croatia.
We we even have some about people today and then you get the GMC of Asia and face: it is right on the part of the GMC. Is there today during. It had about 200,000 people in a pretty big city back in New Testament times arrived and today it's called Thessaloniki has about 4 to 500,000 people.
So it's a pretty fab income size kind of city. It's big but it's not like a blanket but is very active because it's on the portraits of the top of the GMC arrived and wrote he is limited to those people.
They were members of the Christian church at Thessalonica any kind of sit dear people at Thessalonica. God has put in my heart to teach you and to show you someone truths about Jesus Christ and the first letter that he wrote there were two of them first and second Thessalonians.
Some of the most unbelievable things that he said we gotta be getting into it. Folks, including the rapture of the church and in times in the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and how told Damien what we need to do and how do we overcome suffering and persecution.
And what about the gospel of the Lord Jesus.
We got a look at all those things together as we try and study the first letter of pool to the church at Thessalonians, he wrote it on his missionary journey. Have you ever been some way three times will this was number three and he's missionary journey began right up here in New Orleans, Syria, and I'm not going to talk about his journey today.
Okay, but it began in a place called Antioch right up in the molten part of Syria and he went right up. He crossed over this area, and he went into some of these areas yet this year is called Cappadocia and this big problem so because gold Asia slacker state and began to minister.
There is emphasis memorable wrote a letter to the church in Ephesus called Ephesians to the Ephesian people.
Okay, they is Galatia all roadies related to the people at Galatia while he started coming across Asia and God would not let him hang up and preach today. Too much at all. He was being persecuted, beaten up and abused thrown out of one time offer another because he stood up and talk to the people about the Lord Jesus Christ and finally pull going up into the northern part of Asia here right on the straight line of a place called Missy Amy why is I and he say to God, he said, Lord, I want to go.
Please. I want to turn right and I want to go up and I want to preach to all the people in Phrygia in Galatia on the Black Sea and in the northern part of Asia and God said no way that you can go to the Lord. With every good intention in mind and citing Lord I want to serve you in this capacity, and God can turn to your insight. No you see pool got updated right up into the molten party said I want to go shopping to this region here and I want to tell everybody about the Lord Jesus Christ.
These intentions were good. These motive was good. He was laying his life before the Lord God sent him no. I want you to go to Macedonia and there is the problem so the state of Macedonia and so when pull going up into this area. Here he took a left turn and he got on the boat and he went over the nation see he went out of the molten part of the GMC and he made the land over there and he went to a number of little towns that we going to read about about 50 miles apart from one another. You got there we had to read about Apollonius in Amphipolis and these different about 50 miles apart. He ended up in a place called Philippi and the pods were right about the end of the plot is about 40 miles from face alone Thessalonica and there was a lady there by the name of Lydia that he meant. By the way, Lydia was an immigrant. She came from a place called Tyra which was in the province of Asia. She was now appear in this place called Philippi and you might've read the story and ask chapter 16 how a young girl came in there she was present she was going berserk, but she made people a lot of money they were using her and introduced her to Jesus and the people when Pacific reason why they went was was that pool was interfering with the way in which they made their money by the way, that is still true today. You can go to any community in the United States. We are so mom by materialism people will swap churches gone against church leaders don't get mad paint out of shape if their pocketbook is threatened. Jesus is fine, but as long as he doesn't straighten my pocketbook and what happened these people in Philippi, but so mad they got together through pulling the prison they beat them to a pulp. Folks that work we do not is that they managed to flee by fleet because the leaders in Philippi discovered that Paul was a Roman citizen by monitoring. Could the Roth of season because Roman citizens had great protection and so he freely went down the Thessalonica and he wanted to be in Thessalonica because it had a Jewish synagogue and didn't and he went down into Thessalonica and he went to the synagogue because he wanted to tell his own people about Jesus.
The Jews didn't believe in Jesus. I didn't believe that Jesus was the Messiah.
I had no hope was bound by their rituals and their sacrifices, they still believe that it was works that guide your relationship with God and Jesus had come to set them free, and to know his own people.
The Jewish people and so we went to the synagogue and he began to preach the guesswork. I got mad doing through your mouth subfolder took a little 40 mile trip and he went to a place called Berea and Berea is right. Marie is called the forgotten city or the place that nobody is it's kind of off the beaten track.
It's not on the east-west highway and he went to Berea because Berea also had a Jewish synagogue. He wanted to go right there into the den of lions. He wanted to be right there with these people. He wanted to maximize these opportunity to tell people about the Lord Jesus Christ. All right, open your Bibles quickly. Ask chapter 16. Ask chapter 16. I want to speak to you today on the subject of just one man, just one man, just one woman. By the way, do you know that God is speaking to people in this congregation you know there's a man looking at me right now. Bob's talking to you is do you know that God always uses one person. He's always done that love the story of Moses, God kind of Moses said let my people leave that lead them out of bondage. He used most one woman, one boy one takes is one person on the abdomen campus is going to stand up for Jesus is the one young person at Spartanburg high school to stand up Jesus Christ takes is just one at Clemson University determined that the upside down Jesus Christ as one student South Carolina to begin the Lord Jesus Christ. Just one person, just one. Ask chapter 16 Congress beginning at the end of the story. Verse 40 off to Paul and Silas came out of prison I went to Lydia's house where they may put the brothers and encourage them when they left. By the way they was 30 miles between where they were.
They then parse through in verse chapter 17 verse one through Amphipolis.
They went another 30 miles to Apollonia. Then I traveled the another 14 miles to Thessalonica. How did he do well. People believe he was. He was probably on horseback, he couldn't rule these men are being beaten to a pulp.
We do know that pool was that we know Silas was there. We know Timothy was that you also know there was another mayonnaise name was Luke anybody tell me what did by profession a physician, I would not know when exactly that Luke left the group, but he did. He suddenly disappears but I like to think that blue probably guide physical attention. Wow, thank God for godly doctors don't you speaking strategically in place. God's timing is always perfect and God is always using people. That's why he has you in your business. That's why he makes you uncomfortable where you all and if he doesn't get your attention by making you uncomfortable, he will make you uncomfortable because God wants your attention because he's got plans for you and the Bible says that he came to Thessalonica, where it was a Jewish synagogue NICs custom was, he went into the synagogue and on three Sabbath days he reason with that's with three weeks and he explained to them from the Scriptures explaining and proving that Christ had to suffer and rise from the date this Jesus, I'm proclaiming to you is the Christ. He said some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas in as little Mountain Lodge number of God fears and even many of the women did. But some of the Jews would Janice and so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace. We gotta get to that later on me tell you something, folks. It is a biblical guarantee. That site is got a strategy in mind.
One of these strategies is to raise up people who come against the word of God and against these church people in our community people in America. One of the first tactics is they'll get on the phone and I'll call for support. Get people to come in from the marketplace. And so the rest goes on down in verse 10 of chapter 17. As soon as it was not the brothers simple and Silas away to Berea that had to escape with their lives.
Again, even in Thessalonica due to the interruption right escape from Thessalonica. This is the Encouraging Word broadcaster listening to this Dr. Don Wilton wonderful teaching as we take this break Dr. Don Wilton remind you we are here for you to pray with you and for you keyboard keyboard on our website at T.
E. W online.org that's tewonline.org G or this phone number 8668866899673 that back to today's message with Dr. Wilton folks let me tell you three things about pool.
It's a remarkable story. It's a lazy, just one man. First I want to tell you that he was committed to his coal anything that you can say about this man was that he was committed to the school. Now let me tell you three things about this festival is coal was very personal. God speaks to you personally is not a doubt in my mind that God speaks to you very personally. It's the most amazing thing I absolutely affirm what Martin Luther says when he wrote his doctrine of vocation. I believe I agree with Mark and Lisa in that God calls every believer to serve him. God calls you right there to that classroom in your home. God calls you to be that mother God calls you to have that business. It's very personal. It's a personal call to forget all those years ago when I milk down alongside my wife stood up from my knees and I turned to my wife and I said to her on God's call, read me to preach the word of God. I couldn't define it.
Besides that I lived on the other side of the world where walkout when I didn't know but when I stood up from my knees.
There was a sense of personal grace of God. It was so I turned to her and I said to go to tell people about Jesus. I block to serve him vocationally. I got laid on the instruments of my trade. It was so personal, talking about my father.
He was just trying to some of us recently. If there is anything else. Listen, if there is anybody within the sound of my voice is wanting to garner the postural ministry.
I'm going to right now go on record and I'm going to beg you not to do it. If there is anybody within the sound of my voice that you feel God is calling you into the full vocational ministry.
I'm going to beg you with all of my heart. Please do not do it if you got an alternative. Please do not become the pasta of the local church. But if God has called you, my friend. It is so personal.
Please do not do anything which God has called you to do. Are you listening. So what's going on in your business and your laughter in your home.
The school was personal, but not any was a personal this goal was specific when I lost Britt to kind of narrowed up a little closer. One update for me. Britt, some of you can see that I mean you just think about that folks. Here it is this incredible journey that he took as the Aegean Sea.
You can see where he got up to this area in the northern part of Asia he wanted to go right, God say didn't know I want you to go to Macedonia to this province. It's like you and me sign the Lord you leading us to have a mission in Atlanta, Georgia. What's wrong with that mouth ask a question on any lost people in Atlanta, Georgia yes, but is that way God wants us to be what if the Lord comes and says no I don't want you to go to Woodland. I want you to go to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and so we came up ministering in Chattanooga Tennessee instead of Atlanta, Georgia.
The issue is the specific nature of the call of God.
And so that's what bull did. He turned left on the progress he then pulled the boat over to join him at about this point, you see Amphipolis over there any kind on eventually ended up through for the path to Thessalonica which is right there, they kicked him out of Thessalonica and he fled to Berea where they also persecuted him and Berea even though it was off the beaten track and that was so specific, is not any personal specific stop by moment school to this congregation is not any personal but it specific and number three. It is irresistible, it is irresistible to irresistible is that I believe in folks.
I believe in the irresistible grace of God and I believe in the irresistible call of God, and I want to tell you, you gotta be some kind of somebody if you can look in the place of God and tell them that you're not gonna do what God tells you to do the consequences of turning down the irresistible call of God in your life are so severe this congregation, my friends pray for our deacons. Pray that we will rise up as a people and we would understand all the reasons that will need to discharge any assignment any school to reach out and we know God in the face and tell them we not going to do what he tells us just one man.
I believe that their husbands, brothers, wives, sisters, I believe there are teenagers believe that God today in the United States of America is speaking so loudly here and there are some who believe the things that are being said and some who believe not.
As for me and my house we will serve the Lord. When you study what happened at Thessalonica. It's an amazing story, folks you and I will find ourselves both exasperated and amazed at the same time the relinquished pursuit off to the heart of God, the power of the pulpit. There low interest determination to find himself at the same from God's will, no matter what was going on, no matter who said no matter what the circumstances. The apostle Paul.
This community and said Jesus Christ because there is where my main lot beside other than my Lord and my Savior Jesus Christ, I present to you today. This Jesus of whom we speak a powerful message to Dr. Wilton in his he presents Jesus as the Scriptures present Jesus.
We understand that there is still the likelihood of having a present that someone debuted sitting back in the back corner.
But you've never open this gift is available for today. Would you please take a moment if Dr. Wilton comes back in the studio ensures these closing thoughts for all of us. God has spoken to you hesitantly and you ready to give your heart to Jesus. I'd love to help you right now. Would you pray this prayer with me and accept Jesus into your heart and life. Dear God, I know that Arneson I know that Jesus loves me and died for me on the cross right now, I repent of my sin and I can face my sin to the Lord Jesus Christ coming to my heart and save me today and forgive me for my sin. Jesus name I pray a main if you've prayed that pray we'd love to get alongside of you celebrate with you and send you some literature and help you as you begin to grow and I want you to know that I love you very very much.
I believe that some of you make decisions that will change your life forever by saying yes to Jesus Christ or perhaps some you said it's time to come home if you've read dedicate your life to Christ giving your life to Jesus what you give us a call.
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