More Than Words: 1 Thess 1:5a

1 Thessalonians 1

Key Text: 1 Thess 1:5a – “…our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction…”

  • This likely means that there were visible signs of the Holy Spirit, similar to what takes place in Acts. This is rather uncomfortable for us.
  • Perhaps the visible signs are different for us
  • In any case, Paul seems happy that the gospel comes in more than just words – how does this happen for us today?
  • I am becoming more and more convinced that in worship we need to give time for people to respond, for them to experience the Holy Spirit, for them to “get” the gospel through more than just words.

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