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02/20/2009

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Being The Sermon


"Therefore, among Christ's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring" (2 Thess. 1:4).

I coached a variety of sports over my teaching career. I always thought that I did some of my best coaching when I could demonstrate the right way to perform a skill. To reinforce the teaching, I got one of the athletes to do it. The group was then ready to learn the skill. It has often been said (many time by yours truly) that a sermon seen is of much greater value than one preached. I guess its the old "do as I do" working better than the "do as I say."

Although both Peter and Paul warned against being persecuted for the wrong reasons, (1 Cor. 13:3 & 1 Pet. 4:15) they both saw some redeeming profit and value in the testimony it might provide for the way of Christ. When Paul needed an example to use as an encouragement to other Christians, he could use the church at Thessalonica. (today's verse) When he wanted to convey the estimation of a person's worth in the Kingdom, he often referred to those who "suffered as fellow-workers, prisoners, or soldiers."

He was not even remiss in listing his own litany of persecutions. (2 Cor. 11: 23-33) Every time I read this list I get the chills. Paul was single-purposed. Teaching the way of Jesus was his ultimate goal, and he was not going to let a few beatings, shipwrecks, or imprisonments get in his way. He would even go as far to use these occasions to FURTHER his purpose! I don't think Paul "bragged about" his misfortunes, he just would not let them drag him down. If I can do it, you can too. I think it was really "good coaching." Demonstrate....Reinforce....Do as I do.... Walk the walk....Be the sermon....

Have a great day...Be the sermon....Let your light shine for Him....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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