As we gather in the morning we will finish our look at the "end times", last days by finding encouragement from 1 Thessalonians 5.1-11. This text helps us look at the times we live in from an honest, truthful perspective. As we view reality and see God's power to save us we find great encouragement. This encouragement is not "fake" and does not ignore reality, but helps us find real comfort in Jesus Christ during these last days. Be in church Sunday morning for this rich text! Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4.13 – 5.11
Text: 1 Thessalonians 5.1-11
Message: "End-Times Words of Comfort and Edification"
Theme: The facts about His return, known and practiced, bring us edifying comfort
The knowledge needed in this life comes form Scripture, not world news
That biblical knowledge must direct our behavior or we will be lost
This knowledge gives us comfort whether we live or die
Many of us have treated the Bible like a "how-to" manual: how to do church, how to parent, how to teach children, and such. But what happens to our faith, when our biblical methods fail? What should we think about God? What is our hope? Please join us for this warning from one of the most shocking psalms in the Bible.
Not only does a grammatical analysis of a text give you a clearer understanding of its authorial intent, but this will force you to more carefully consider each minute detail which comprises the author's thought. So this exercise can actually be as devotional as it is practical.
In verses 18 and 19, Paul used an indefinite pronoun to frame his statements. Each time they are translated "what". In the first, he prayed "that ye may know what is the hope of his calling". Hope means confident assurance. The calling is the effectual call which brings the chosen sinner out of darkness and in his marvelous light. It's illustrated by the shepherd who put the sheep on his shoulders to bring him home.
We discuss the man with a spirit that is just not right with God and bent toward evil, causing strife and being contrary for the very sake of provoking people.
Also Reference 1 Samuel 15:23, Psalm 51:10
A Biblical world view – is based completely on the Bible – it is the only thing we as believers need to live lives which pleases God…
We must interpret the Bible correctly and accurately.
How can we make sure that we have a strong Biblical World View?
First - Read the Bible…
Second - Study the Bible…
Third - Meditate on the Bible…
Fourth - Obey the Bible…
Fifth - Believe the Bible…
Sixth – Live in accordance with the Bible…
Seventh – If the world says the opposite of the Bible – hold fast to the teaching of the Bible – even if it leads to you being called names, downplayed, rejected, or persecuted…
A "Biblical world view" is not the same as a "Christian world view,"
A "Christian world view" can be different from denomination to denomination – it can even differ from Christian to Christian.
I also said that I believe that all born again believers should embrace and live according to a Biblical world view.
A biblical world view comes directly from God's all inspired Word.
Children are innocent until they reach the biblical age of accountability. Isaiah 7:15-16 twice states that until a certain age a baby will not know, "how to refuse the evil and choose the good." Similarly, Deuteronomy 1:39 says, "little ones...have no knowledge of good or evil." This post will allow you to read, watch, or listen if you want to learn about the age of accountability in the bible.