In our last sermon in I Thessalonians we looked at the beautiful concept of the Church as a family. But how does one become part of that family of God? And how do we recognize our brothers and sisters in Christ? Listen as Pastor Matt examines to show that God, in His great love, chooses His people while they are dead in their sins, pardons them, and cleanses them from unrighteousness, so that they have nothing in which to boast. And, since the word is received in power, in the Holy Spirit, and in full conviction and not in word only; they do indeed, walk in righteousness so that all can recognize them by their fruits.
4 For we know, brothers  loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit,
 1:4 Or brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to men or to both men and women who are siblings (brothers and sisters) in God’s family, the church