Take a minute to read 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10. The text is at the end of this post.
What I saw here is that when Paul preached, three things were effective in helping the hearts of the Thessalonians to turn from idols to serve God.
- The Word (verse 5).
- The Powerful working of the Holy Spirit (verse 5).
- Paul and the other preachers’ examples (verse 5).
Also take notice that the Thessalonians became “imitators” of Paul and the other ministers (verse 6). Look at what happened.
- They received the Word (verse 6) and they themselves sounded out the word (verse 8).
- The Holy Spirit created His fruit within them…Joy (verse 6).
- They in turn became examples to people everywhere (verse 7-10).
So remember, our example matters when it comes to preaching the word to others. Read 1 Thessalonians 2 to see the kind of example and character Paul demonstrated toward them. It also is very important to remember that the Holy Spirit is at work, too. As we are preaching the word, our example and the working of the Holy Spirit also has a tremendous impact on the conversion of souls!
1 Thessalonians 1:4-10 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. 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. 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.