October 19, 2008 am    Imma “Sweet” Tator      I Thessalonians 1:1-10

by Ron George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

1 Thessalonians 1     Paul, Silasa and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you.b 2 We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. 3 We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.

A Sweet Tator is someone: 

  1. For whom You are Thankful

 

  1. For whom You Pray
  1. You know by the works produced by their faith

 

  1. You know by their labor prompted by their love
  1. You know by their endurance inspired by their hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

  1. Who is loved by God
  1. Who is chosen by God.

 

  1. Who shares the gospel by word and by deeds.
  1. Who you want to imitate.  Are you an Imitator?  They imitated Paul and they imitated Jesus. 

 

  1. Who may have to suffer.  Even sweet taters have problems. 
  1.  Who welcomes God’s message with joy.   They are happy to hear it. 

 

  1.  Who is a model believer.  Not perfect, but trying to serve.
  1.   Who is unafraid to share the gospel?  You are known by your faith.

 

  1.   You have turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.
  1.   You are someone who waits for Christ to return and you look forward to it. 

 

  1. You are rescued by the Lord from the coming wrath. 

Are you a sweet tater?  I wanna be a sweet tater. 

1. Some people are very bossy and like to tell everyone    
what to do, but of course they do not wish to soil their 
hands.  You might call that type "Dick Tator."
                                                           
2. Some people never seem to be motivated to participate.  
They are  content to watch while others do.  They are      
"Speck Tators."
                                                           
3. Some people never do anything to distinguish themselves
from others. They might be called "Common Taters."
                                                           
4. Some people are always looking for ways to cause         
problems.  They look or others to agree with them.  You  
call them "Aggie Taters."
                                                           
5. Then there are those who always say they will, but      
somehow never get around to doing anything.  They are    
"Hezza Taters."
                                                           
6. Some people put on a front and act like they are someone
they are not.  They are "Emma Taters."
                                                           
7. Still, there are those who live what they talk.  They   
are always prepared to stop what they are doing to lend a
hand.  They bring real sunshine into others' lives.       
You might call them "Sweet Taters."

a Greek Silvanus, a variant of Silas

b Some early manuscripts you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). 1 Th 1:1-10.