- Series: General Topics
- Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20
The Believers Joy I Thess. 2:17-20
Today we are going to see Paul’s first use in his writings of the word “_____________” in relationship to coming rewards for believers.
Hints of the crown of ___________________ V. 17-18
Hints of the incorruptible crown and crown of ________ V. 18
2 Corinthians 12:7-10.
The more you desire to grow in your faith and impact others for Christ, the more spiritual _____________________ you will see.
I Peter 5:9-10
Hints of the crowns of righteousness and ______________ V. 19-20
Let me ask you – are people you have influenced for Christ your heart, your joy, your crown?
What crown are you striving for?
Possible Crowns for Christians (Wording by Alcorn):
The crown of glory – given for faithfully representing Christ in a position of spiritual leadership (I Peter 5:1-4)
The incorruptible crown – given for determination, discipline and victory in the Christian life (I Corinthians 9:24-25)
The crown of life – given for faithfulness to Christ in persecution or martyrdom (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10)
The crown of righteousness – given for joyfully purifying and readying oneself to meet Christ at His return (2 Timothy 4:6-8)
The crown of rejoicing – given for pouring oneself into others in evangelism and discipleship (I Thessalonians 2:19; Philippians 4:1)
The difference between Salvation and Rewards (Alcorn):
Past (I John 3:2) Future (Rev. 22:12)
Free (Eph. 2:8-9) Earned (I Cor. 3:8)
Can’t be lost (John 10:28-29) Can be lost (2 John 1:8)
Same for all Christians (Rom. 3:22) Differ among Christians (I Cor. 3:12-15)
For those who believe (John 3:16) For those who bear fruit (I Cor. 9:27)
Levels of Motivation to Serve God:
Higher: Faith, Hope, Love
Gratitude (Don’t let it become a ‘debtor’s ethic’)
Lower: Fear, Obligation, Guilt