Sep 16, 2018 |Thread

This Is A Christian

09.16.18 | Thread

This Is A Christian

Noel Heikkinen

1 Thessalonians

The term “Christian” has carried with it many different connotations over the years; anywhere from God-honoring and selfless, to racist and intolerant. Outside of what different cultures and people attribute to Christianity, what does is truly mean to be a Christian? Pastor Noel Jesse Heikkinen shares that the life of a Christ-follower may be an up and down journey, but it’s one constantly pointing to and seeking after Jesus. It is with our actions first, and our words foremost, that we point those around us to the Gospel of Christ.

1 Thessalonians

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Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace.
We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.

1 Thessalonians 1:1-5


Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.

St. Francis of Assisi


For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?

Romans 10:13-14


You know you’re becoming a Christian through the gospel when the words, the assertions of the gospel, become a power.

Tim Keller


You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything.

1 Thessalonians 1:5-8


For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 1:9-10


For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11