New Life Sunday – Modeling for our faith…

In 1988, Dan Wieden from Portland Oregon came up with a catchy slogan for Nike:
 
Just do it! 
 
According to many experts, this phrase helped to propel Nike into the top place of sporting goods manufacturing to the tune of more than 20 Billion per year in sales.
 
Three words that spoke to heart of humanity…Just…Do…It!
 
Last Sunday, James gave a similar tagline in 1:22, “but be doers of the word and not hearers only.” The point is that often knowledge is not the issue. Sometimes, we simply lack the initiative to “get off the couch.”
 
This Sunday, we are going to introduce our book study of 1 Thessalonians. In a nutshell, the book tells a beautiful story of Paul and how he modeled faith. There is a simple theme running through the book of initiative and mentoring.
 
We are going to spend our introductory week in the book of Acts chapters 16-17 looking at Luke’s account of the short time that Paul spent in Thessalonica. As the story unfolds, we will see Paul moving in directions he never planned, being followed by critics who sought his demise but ultimately setting an example that spread to the corners of the earth.
 
If I was in marketing, I would pay close attention to those who have been successful. I’m pretty sure spending some time with Dan Wieden would be pretty awesome. He implemented a model for marketing that continues to succeed.
 
As Christians, it seems that we would do well to pay close attention to activities modeled by the Apostle Paul in the city of Thessalonica. This book is full of love for his friends, teaching about future times and encouragement in the midst of crisis.  This Sunday you can expect to learn that:
·         God speaks into confusion
·         Opportunity requires activity
·         God uses critics to advance His plan
·         The Gospel is bigger than we are

 
This is going to be a great learning experience and a great journey together. You can expect to grow!
 
Troy

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