What Kind of People God Wants Us to Be (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)

A Visiting Missionary, November 4, 2018
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

Tonight we had the privilege to have Dr. P.D. Cherian, Missionary to South India and the founder of the South India Baptist Bible College (sibbc.org). Valley View has supported Dr. Cherian for over 20 years, where he has been "training Asians to reach Asians."

Did you know that the country of India is about a third the size of the US, with four times the number of people (over 1.3 billion, vs 300 million in the US)? Dr. Cherian estimates that only about 1/2 of 1% of those 1.3 billion people are Christian. Sadly, in many areas of India, Christians are persecuted for being a Christian.

Tonight he shared with us his testimony and his mission work. But, he also challenged us by asking, what kind of people does God want us to be?

Do you have a heart for the lost? Are you laboring the way you should be? Are you being the kind of person God wants you to be?


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1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

1Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 3Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; 4Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. 5For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. 6And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: 7So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. 8For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. 9For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 10And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. (KJV)

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