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Living in Hope

November 13, 2016 | 1 Peter 1:1-12 | culture, exposition

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How should we live as Christians when the dominant cultural and political forces are at odds with our faith? The apostle Peter’s first letter says that we should live as exiles. In fact, he refers to the first century Christians as exiles three times in his letter. So, over the next three weeks we’re going to look at those three instances. In Peter’s first letter, he told believers who were living as exiles in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) that they could live with great hope in Jesus Christ. We too are living as exiles in a hopeless world and can experience a life of hope through Jesus Christ.

Stand Firm…In God’s Work

November 6, 2016 | 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18 | exposition, work

Work. Many of us consider work something we have to do in order to pay for the things we really want to have and to buy the time to do the things we really want to do. Americans have made play a higher goal than work. But that’s a low view of work. It diminishes it to an activity that we have to put up with, rather than a fulfilling and meaningful purpose for living. We place such a high value on entertainment and recreation that it has become a kind of idolatry. We celebrate idleness over work. We have made an idol of idleness!

God has a much higher view of work. As Jesus said, “My Father is always working, and so am I” (John 5:17). As soon as God made man, He gave him a job to do. And He has a job, a purpose for your life too! In the apostle Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians, he told them to stand firm in doing the work to which God had called them. We can stand firm in the work that God has given us to do.

Stand Firm…In God’s Word

October 30, 2016 | 2 Thessalonians 2:13 - 3:5 | bible, exposition

We can be confident and not easily deceived or shaken if we are rooted in the Word of God. We can be confident in our salvation, and then get a firm grip on sound biblical teaching in order to pass the baton of the Gospel on.

Stand Firm…Against False Teaching

October 23, 2016 | 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 | bible, exposition

Perhaps you’ve been alarmed and shaken by today’s headlines. Terrorist attacks, non stop news about the upcoming election, hurricanes and flooding. And that’s just last week! How are we supposed to face these things? And what do we do about all the fear-mongering that we hear people offering? The apostle Paul told the believers in Thessalonica not to be shaken by the false teaching that they were hearing concerning Christ’s return, but instead to continue to stand firm.

Stand Firm…in Suffering

October 16, 2016 | 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12 | exposition, suffering

Suffering often causes a theological problem for us. We put our trust in God, yet bad stuff still happens. We pray for healing, yet a loved one dies. We pray for reconciliation in marriage, but it ends in divorce. We share our faith with a neighbor, and they reject both our message and our friendship. Suffering tests our faith! Are you going through a time of suffering today? The apostle Paul told the believers in Thessalonica that they could stand firm in their faith in Christ Jesus during times of suffering.

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.