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Blessed Assurance

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Blessed Assurance - Faith or Works?

In a Reader’s Digest interview, Muhammad Ali states, “One day we’re all going to die, and God is going to judge us, our good deeds and our bad deeds. If the bad outweighs the good, you go to hell. If the good outweighs the bad, you go to heaven.” That was the philosophy he lived by. At the end of each day Ali would ask himself, “If God were to judge me based on just what I did today, would I go to heaven or hell?” To live one’s whole life with the uncertainty of never knowing whether one’s final destiny is that of heaven or hell is not only sad, it is unnecessary. It is tragic to live one’s life without the assurance that faith in Jesus Christ can bring. For those who place their trust in Him, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 brings a word of confident assurance.

Scripture reference: 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

Family Matters

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Family Matters - Love, Serve, Reach, Teach

Paul wanted the Thessalonians to keep growing, and to do so as a family. In this passage Paul begins a discussion on family matters. He does so with instructions regarding the relationship of the church toward their leaders. Allowing leaders to serve with joy helps secure peace and unity in the church.

Scripture reference: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

Don’t Get Caught Sleeping – Part 2

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Image - Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:6

In spite of all the storm warnings, unbelievers will just continue to go through life with a blind disregard, feeling safe and secure in their unbelief. Jesus said, “For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark. And they were oblivious, until the flood came and swept them all away. So will be the coming of the Son of Man.…” But the Apostle Paul sounds the warning to believers that this day not “overtakes you as a thief.”

Scripture reference: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-10

Don’t Get Caught Sleeping – Part 1

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Image - Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:6

Today we have our charts and timelines, biblical data, and prophecy conferences. The problem is that many of us have become so familiar with end-time teachings that we have tuned out. This tendency is similar to the way we treat our alarm clocks. We have grown so accustomed to hearing them sound off that we press snooze and sleep right through. Many of today’s unfolding events are like an alarm warning us to wake out of our spiritual slumber, but our human tendency is to hit the spiritual snooze button, ignoring the coming prophetic events that are casting their shadows upon us with each day’s headlines. Paul sounds a red alert: “Don’t get caught sleeping!”

Scripture reference: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-10

Dying Hope

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Sermon - Dying Hope

Now I know that you may not want to talk or think about death today. One of the things that all people have in common is that we don’t like to think about death. Death is usually the last thing we want to talk about. And yet, life being what it is, we can’t walk away from it. This message tackles the subject of death, but only in the context of our Christian hope. Seeing how Christ has transformed death for believers, and knowing that the next “stop” on God’s prophetic calendar is a reunion in the sky with Christ and with those who have died in the Lord, that is comfort!

Scripture reference: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Here Comes the Groom

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Sermon - Here Comes the Groom - photo credits Brenton Little, creationswap

Throughout the New Testament, the Bible describes the relationship of the church with Christ by using the analogy of a bride and groom. This bride-groom relationship plays itself from the beginning to the end of the New Testament, prophetically as well. Identifying the stages of the ancient Jewish wedding can enhance our understanding of prophecy and our own role in it. We are all familiar with the phrase, “Here comes the bride,” but the New Testament emphasis is “Here comes the groom!”

Scripture reference: John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Keep Your Eye On The Sky

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Wooden cross on Bible with note that says “I’ve gone to prepare a place for you. Be back soon.” Love, Jesus.

What difference would it make if you woke each morning with the daily expectation of Jesus’s return — His coming for His bride the Church, the Rapture? What difference would it make if you made a conscious effort every day to lift your eyes to the sky and seriously ask, “Will this be the day?” It would keep you consciously living in light of eternity, living on the edge of this world and what’s coming. It would lead you to live expectantly!

Scripture reference: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

The Believer’s Confidence and Hope When Facing Death

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A cross in the clouds with scripture verse John 14:2-3.

According to the Bible, death is not normal or natural. Regardless, it hangs over us all as a constant threat. But, the believer in Jesus Christ can face death with a confident hope. We have 1) the confidence that our sins are forgiven, 2) the confidence that absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, 3) the confidence that for believers death is not a final separation, but a reunion awaits, 4) the confidence of resurrection, and 5) the confidence of a home.

Scripture reference: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:35-45