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

 

Acts 14:21-22

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.

 

Luke 22:31-32

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)

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The difference between Salvation and Rewards (Alcorn):

Salvation:                                           Rewards:

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)

 

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Levels of Motivation to Serve God:

Higher: Faith, Hope, Love

Gratitude (Don’t let it become a ‘debtor’s ethic’)

Lower: Fear, Obligation, Guilt