Minister's Message

“Noblesse Oblige”


     “As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory”   

-1 Thessalonians 2:11-12


    Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Once again, our heavenly Father has blessed us to remain among the land of the living, and to have the opportunity to assemble with the saints of God on another Lord’s Day!  What a privilege it is to worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24.) 


     In 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12, the apostle Paul “exhorted” (encouraged), “comforted”, and “charged” the Christians at Thessalonica to “walk worthy of God.”  The word “walk” refers to the Christian life and conduct.


    The text reminds me of the fact that in ancient times there were certain expectations of those who were fortunate to be in the wealthy and noble class of society.  The concept was expressed in the French phrase, “noblesse oblige,” which according to Webster’s dictionary meant “the obligation of honorable, generous and responsible behavior associated with high rank or birth.” As Christians, we are God’s children of noble birth and heritage (Gal. 3:26-27).  We have abundant wealth in Christ (1 Tim. 6:17).  Therefore, our nobility of birth and great wealth lays upon us certain spiritual and social obligations.



1. Noble Christians are expected to “live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world” (Titus 2:12).  They will “…Provide things honest in the sight of all men” (Rom. 12:17).  They will not allow themselves to be drawn into a life of sin and shameful conduct.

2. They will “walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called” (Eph. 4:1).  Their goal is to imitate Christ in all things (1 Cor. 11:1) and to give no occasion of stumbling, either to Jews, or to Greeks, or to the church of God (1 Cor. 10:32).

3. Their “speech [will] be always with grace, seasoned with salt…” Col. 4:6).  They put away falsehood and speak truth. Neither will “corrupt speech proceed out of [their] mouth, but such as is good for edifying…that it may give grace to them that hear” (Eph. 4:25-29).

4. Christians of noble rank will bear the burdens of those who are struggling with the problems and conflicts of life (Gal. 6:12).  They are kind, considerate and understanding when others stumble and fall and will seek to restore them.

5. Because they are strong, they “bear the infirmities of the weak…” (Rom. 15:1).  They are patient and gentle with babes in Christ, and those of weak faith, lest they be discouraged.

6. Noble Christians practice pure and undefiled religion by visiting the fatherless and widows in their afflictions (James 1:27), and doing them good in the name of the Lord (Gal. 6:10).

7. Children of the heavenly King will be “zealous of good works” (Titus 2:14) and anxious to “maintain good works for necessary uses” (Titus 3:14).


    Christian, you are a child of the King!  “Noblesse oblige” applies to you! Do not live below your noble calling! Remember our Mission and Vision statement for the University Church of Christ, which states that we are “A New Testament church seeking to evangelize, starting with the central core of Greater Cleveland.  We will use our unique gifts and opportunities to engage with the community to bring souls to Jesus, develop and equip them for a 21st century ministry.” And, remember that God loves you, Jesus died for you, I love you and I am your servant for Jesus’ sake!



Yours because of Calvary,

Terrance R. McClain, PhD




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