The Will of God As Apostle Paul closes out 1 Thessalonians he drills down on what God’s will is for each of our lives. And what we learn is that first and foremost, His Will is not about geography, it’s not about where He wants us, but who He wants us to be. More specific, His will is about who He wants us to be as we live out our faith among His people. Please join us as we finish chapter five of 1 Thessalonians, looking at family matters in the household of God.
When They Say Peace and Safety Our study in 1 Thessalonians brings us to an interesting phrase, “When they say Peace and Safety sudden destruction will come upon them.” What that phrase leads us to is a study of two of the most overlooked characters in the Book of the Revelation. These two characters will be responsible for bringing much pain upon a Christ rejecting World. Join us in our study of 1 Thessalonians chapter 5, as we explore what’s behind this well-known phrase “Peace and Safety.”
Our Great Hope The Church in ancient Thessalonica had a twisted view of death. They were under the misguided thought that there was some advantage to living until the return of Christ and that somehow if one died before the return of Christ they would be disadvantaged in some way. Join us in 1 Thessalonians 4 as the Apostle Paul gives us great and comforting words concerning loved ones who have gone on to be with the Lord.
Three Steps Towards Understanding the Will of God. We tend to think of the will of God as being “locative”, God wants us “somewhere”, and we’re not sure where “somewhere” is. But what seems to unfold in scripture is that the will of God first and foremost has to do with character. That we are to focus on “what” God wants us to be (which is Christ like), and let Him focus on getting us to “where” He wants us to be in His time. Join us in chapter four of Thessalonians as the Apostle Paul lays out directions to finding God’s will.
Moving Forward in the Face of Opposition The Church in ancient Thessalonica was both successful and persecuted. The Apostle Paul had received word that the church was enduring tribulation. In the face of disappointment and hardship it’s easy to lose perspective and begin to believe lies that are being whispered in your ears, that God doesn’t love, that God is mad at you, or that perhaps you’re not even a Christian at all. Join us as 1 Thessalonians chapter 3 gives us a proper perspective of living life during difficult times.
The Power of the Word of God In the second half of 1 Thessalonians chapter two we look at how God has kept His Word from being corrupted and how His Word can work effectively in our lives. The Church of Thessalonica was greatly used of God in large part because of the relationship they had with God’s Word. Join us as we discover what they did “with” the Word and what the Word did “in” the Thessalonians.
Biblical Description of a Leader Jesus made it clear that as time moves forward and the closer we get to the end that there will be an increase in the number of false leaders among His people. What makes the opening verses of 1 Thessalonians chapter two so important, is we are given a description of what a leader should be. The only reason why any of us will be deceived by a false leader is because we did not heed what the Lord has warned us about in His Word. Join us in 1 Thessalonians two as we look at Biblical leadership.
The Model Church Beginning our study of First Thessalonians, we quickly see that the church in Thessalonica was a model church. The church was young and experiencing tribulation, yet they were sounding out the Gospel to the entire region. Chapter one reveals what their success was rooted in. They succeeded not because they had money or marketing skills, but because they were a receiving, turning, serving, and waiting church. Join as we take a close look at what causes a church to be successful.