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Cooperating with God’s Goal (1 Thessalonians 5:12-28)

July 10, 2016 | 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 | exposition

What’s your life goal? Do you have one? What do you think God’s goal for your life is? Would you like to know? What is God’s goal for your life? That you become like Christ. Born again with a new nature, becoming like Jesus, so that you might be ready for Christ’s return. In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, he closed the letter with final instructions on how they might cooperate with God’s goal for them to be sanctified and ready for Christ’s return.

Facing the Day (1 Thessalonians 4:13 – 5:11)

July 3, 2016 | 1 Thessalonians 4:13 - 5:11 | end times, exposition

Have you ever had to face the death of loved one? Do you know the grief of such loss? Do ever feel discouraged by the increasing trouble in this world? Did you know that the Lord has a word for you to help you face such days? Including the Day of all days? In these passages of 1 Thessalonians 4 and 5, Paul tells the believers of Thessalonica that they can be ready to face the Day of the Lord. We too can be ready to face the Day of Christ’s return.

Living to Please God (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12)

June 26, 2016 | 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 | exposition

Who are you trying to please? Is it your parents, your spouse, your kids, your neighbors or friends? What about God? Do you care whether God is pleased with your life? Another way of asking this is: Do you want God’s will for your life? Do you want to live to fulfill God’s will and calling on your life? In chapter four of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, he instructed the believers to live in a way that would please God as they await the return of His Son, Jesus.

Standing Firm in Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13)

June 19, 2016 | 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13 | exposition

How is your faith today? Are you going through a trial, a time of difficulty? Is your faith growing and secure? Or has your faith weakened in the face of hardship? What does it mean to stand firm in Christ? How can we not only stand firm but grow in our faith in Jesus and in His soon return when times seem to be getting worse? In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, he taught the believers how they could stand firm in Christ while looking for His return. We can stand firm together.

Living Worthy of God’s Call (1 Thessalonians 2:1-16)

June 12, 2016 | 1 Thessalonians 2:1-16 | exposition

In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, he told the believers that they could live a life worthy of God’s call to His kingdom and glory. We can live lives worthy of God’s call to His kingdom and glory. The text found in 1 Thessalonians 2:1-16 gives four marks of those who live worthy of God’s call.

Being Ready (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)

June 5, 2016 | 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 | end times, exposition

In the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul expressed his thanks to God for their readiness for Christ’s return. He listed three attributes of how they were “being ready.” We can be ready for Christ’s return. In today’s text, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, we will see three attributes of how to be ready for Christ’s return.

The Resurrection Is Fulfilled At Christ’s Return

April 26, 2015 | 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 | easter, exposition, gospel

Pastor Gary Combs concluded this 4-week sermon series on the resurrection with this message from 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. In this message, Pastor Gary taught how the apostle Paul closed out the 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians like a great three movement symphony with a great cresendo! Paul declared to the believers in Corinth how they should live in response to the fulfillment of the resurrection at the time of Christ’s return. We can hear and follow these instructions on how to live and “be” in view of Christ’s return. The text gives us three ways to “be” in view of Christ’s return.

The Resurrection Is a Physical Reality

April 19, 2015 | 1 Corinthians 15:35-49 | easter, exposition, gospel

Pastor Gary Combs continues the sermon series “Rise Again – Come Again” with this third message from 1 Corinthians 15 about the nature of the resurrection body that believers will one day receive. Do you have questions about the nature of the body that will be raised upon Christ’s return? Do you wonder what happens to the body of the one who is lost at sea, dismembered in an explosion or cremated? How can God raise such a one? What about the infant or child who dies, will they receive a child’s body or an adult one? What about the deaf, the blind, the mentally handicapped? What kind of body will they receive? The Bible says, that believers get a body like Christ’s!

The Resurrection is Historical Fact

April 12, 2015 | 1 Corinthians 15:12-34 | easter, exposition, gospel

In this second sermon in our “Rise Again, Come Again” series, Pastor Gary helps us see the implications of the historical fact of the resurrection of Christ. Because of Christ’s resurrection, we have have real hope in Christ, we can experience the total victory of Christ, and we can experience Christ’s purpose for our life.

The Resurrection is Good News

April 5, 2015 | 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 | easter, exposition, gospel

Pastor Gary Combs began a 4-week series entitled “Rise Again-Come Again: An Exposition of 1 Corinthians 15,” with this sermon from the first 11 verses of the chapter. In the this letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul described the details of the resurrection as being key to the gospel, the good news. And went on to establish its veracity by listing the eyewitnesses who had seen the risen Lord. What do we do with good news? We decide whether it is to be believed or not. Yet, this decision determines our destiny.