"THE FIRST EPISTLE TO THE THESSALONIANS"
The Effective Word Of God (1 Thess 2:13)
1. We have seen the character of the church in Thessalonica – 1 Thess 1:3-10
a. Their faith, love and hope
b. Their worthy example to others in Macedonia and Achaia
2. To some degree, the condition of the church may have been due to the
diligent and caring nature of Paul’s ministry while with them – 1 Thess 2:1-12
3. But it could not have happened without their willingness to receive
the word of God…
a. Preached to them by Paul, Silas, and Timothy
b. Which they received as the word of God
— Which worked effectively in them – 1 Thess 2:13
[In our text (1 Th 2:13), we are reminded of the effectiveness of God’s
Word for those who believe it. In this study, I wish to expand upon
this thought in order to increase our appreciation for and reception of
the Word of God in our lives…]
I. THE EFFECTIVENESS OF GOD’S WORD
E. KEY TO SPIRITUAL GROWTH…
1. We grow by virtue of the word of God – 1 Pet 2:2
2. Just as newborn babes grow by virtue of their mother’s milk
H. PRESERVES BOTH YOUNG AND OLD…
1. The young cleanse their way by taking heed to it – Psa 119:9
2. The elders were told they could guard against false teachers
and apostasy with the help of God’s word – Acts 20:28-32
[Such are the many benefits of the wonderful Word of God. It truly is
"The Effective Word Of God"! But as indicated in our text, God’s word
must be properly received…]
II. FOR GOD’S WORD TO BE EFFECTIVE
A. MUST BE RECEIVED WITH FAITH…
1. For it is works in those who believe – 1 Thess 2:13
2. For it is God’s power unto salvation to those who believe – Rom 1:17
3. For it does not profit those who do not receive it with faith
– Heb 4:2
1. Is the living, powerful Word of God effective in our lives?
a. Is it producing faith, saving us by causing us to be born again?
b. Is it producing spiritual growth, manifested by overcoming Satan,
living holy lives whether we are young or old?
2. If the Word of God is not making a powerful impact in our lives,
could it be…
a. We are not receiving it with faith and meekness?
b. We are not receiving it with the intention of obeying it?
c. We have not fervently desired it, so that it can not abide in us?
If such is the case, then we haven’t taken the Word of God seriously.
We have treated it no differently than the word of men. May the church
of the Thessalonians always serve to remind us how we ought to receive
"…you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth,
the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe."
(1 Thess 2:13)