READ 1 THESSALONIANS 1:7-9 (NLT)
As a result, you have become an example to all the believers in Greece — throughout both Macedonia and Achaia.
And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. We don’t need to tell them about it, for they keep talking about the wonderful welcome you gave us and how you turned away from idols to serve the living and true God.
“As a result” refers to way the Church in Thessalonica embraced the Gospel message in spite of persecution. They became imitators of Christ by being joy-filled in the midst of trials brought on by their beliefs. Pray that we continue to be examples of what it means to be a Christ-follower as we declare the Gospel in spite of persecution that may come. Pray that our example will impact not only those in our immediate surroundings but spread out from each of the 24 churches who are participating in the ROOM FOR DOUBT sermon series.