Sermon Prayer Points: "Saved From What?"

PRAYING THE PASSAGE: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
The bold points below are quotes from CJ's sermon "Saved From What?"

The Thessalonian Christians would know exactly how to respond to the question, “Saved from what?”
So how would you respond if someone asked you this question?
Father, for the purpose of gratefulness, worship, anticipation, and evangelism, please use your Word and this message to give me a clearly biblical and compelling answer to this question.

Here is an additional reason for Paul giving thanks to God –They received, they welcomed the message of the gospel in spite of “much affliction” or persecution, with the joy of the Holy Spirit.
V7-9a-“… you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia... your faith in God has gone forth everywhere...The Thessalonians became a working model for churches from Philippi to Corinth.
Father, may my life, speech, faith, and example be a means of encouragement to my brothers and sisters, and a provocation to unbelievers to ask of the hope and joy my life displays.

V9b-10-“…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.”
This turning to God from idols involved a categorical rejection of the system of idolatry that permeated their city, culture and family life.  Idolatry, the creation and worship of substitutes for God is no less present or prevalent today, just more subtle and sophisticated.
Lord, open my eyes, ears, and heart to the idols the world puts forth as substitutes for God and worthy of worship.
Please help me to be alert to those things that may draw my attraction, desire, dependence, and worship.

The saving glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ caused them to turn from their idols.
They turned from idols to serve God and wait expectantly for “his Son from heaven.”
Edmund Hiebert – Much of modern Christendom has lost this expectant waiting for the return of Christ, much to its impoverishment. This expectancy is an essential part of a mature Christian life.
Father, help to reflect on Christ’s return, on the hope of heaven, and on his making all things new.
May my disposition toward the past, the present, and the future, be informed and governed by a faith-filled anticipation of that glorious reality!

Paul informs the reader of two important truths about the one for whom we are waiting.
First, Jesus is the one, whom God the Father raised from the dead.
The resurrection of His Son is the God the Father’s public vindication of His Son and declaration that He was fully satisfied with His Son’s sacrifice for our sin and demonstration the Son had not died in vain.
Secondly, Jesus is the one who delivers or rescues His people from the coming day of wrath.
Jesus Christ rescues sinners from the greatest peril facing every person by dying on the cross-in my place condemned he hung-absorbing and exhausting the wrath sinners like you and me deserve.
May the combination of this wondrous truth, and this eternal peril compel a life-long passion – to give thanks, praise, faith, obedience, and worship for the gift of your great salvation...and to offer fervent prayer, love, service, example, and witness to those you bring into my life who do not yet know your great salvation.

R.C. Sproul – But the glory of the gospel is that the One from whom we need to be saved is the very One who saves us. God in saving us saves us from Himself.
Our Lord and our God, that you are infinite and perfect in your holiness and justice, and equally so in your love and mercy, brings us to our knees in wonder, worship, and awe. May the truth of who you are, what you have done, what you are doing, and what you will do strengthen, purify, and unify your church in a way that displays and gives glory to the only one who is worthy, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!