IS HELL REAL? 2 Thess. 1:3-12 Confident in the Face of Hard Questions.The Thessalonian believers had questions concerning the second coming of Jesus, which Paul had attempted to address in his first letter . However, these questions apparently persisted to the point that some believers were concerned the day of the Lord had already happened . Paul wrote his second letter in large part to correct this false idea 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 .Eternal punishment awaits those who do not follow Christ.God watches over His faithful FOLLOWERS. vv.3-7aThose who do not follow God will face eternal DESTRUCTION.vv.7b-10We are called and equipped to do GOOD and bring GLORY to God. vv.11-12Our faith is personal, but not private . Jesus established the church for our collective good and our collective growth . Since humans are relational by nature, our horizontal relationships should develop just as our vertical relationship with God does .Transformation is evident when relational maturity is evident .
Sudden Destruction is predicted. Christ will come as a thief in the night. The world is sleeping. It is time to wake up. What is causing you to sleep? Prepare for the Judgment Day. Christians will be safe.
In our final study of our bible study on 2 Thessalonians, Buzzy helps us to understand Paul's teaching to the church regarding the importance of staying focused on working for the kingdom of God and the betterment of society to keep us out of trouble.
PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, THERE IS A PERSISTENT "BUZZING" SOUND UNDERLYING THIS RECORDING.
This sermon was delivered on October 1, 2023 at Antioch Presbyterian Church, a mission work of Calvary Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America located in Woodruff, South Carolina. Mr. Ryan Colvin delivered this sermon entitled "Blameless at Christ's Coming" on 1 Thessalonians 5:23-28. For more information about Antioch Presbyterian Church, please visit antiochpca.com or contact us at [email protected].
"An Ever Growing Love"
Our Wednesday Night Nesting with Jesus Bible study. I shared a post on these teachings this morning. I encourage you to check it out…
"A growing love stretches our patience with people and perseverance when persecuted... There's an INTIMATE and INSEPARABLE connection between a growing love for the brethren and our being blameless before God. I'm pretty sure that's what 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 and Philippians 1:9-11 are telling us and 1 Corinthians 8 through 1 Corinthians 13 are teaching us."
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What Does Jesus Love and Hate?
Those who seek glory FROM men reveal they have NO eternal glory to give away TO men. (1 Thessalonians 2:1-12)
Paul is saying... we never made it about us. It's always been for God's glory and your benefit. (1 Thessalonians 2:6-7)
We didn't butter you up. ("flatter")
We didn't bait or bargain with you. ("cloak of covetousness")
We didn't play the big shot or big show with you. ("seek glory or praise from you")
This is why he tells them we gave and poured into you... and never demanded you give to us. We gave and never took from you because we had an aim to bring Jesus to you. For without Him... you would perish. (1 Thessalonians 2:7-10)
Remember this: Those who seek glory and praise and affirmation and applauds FROM men reveal they have NOTHING significant from God to give away TO men. (1 Thessalonians 2:1-12)
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
1 John 4:7-8
Yes, the right kind of love, from the right source, for the right goal (Habakkuk 2:13-14).
Cain loved, the wrong way from a wrong heart (1 John 3). He said, "love not as Cain." I've studied all the essential dynamics of the kingdom and kingdom life — from love, grace, faith, wisdom the King, Himself, wisdom, fear of the Lord, joy of the Lord… and how they all hate lies, unrighteousness, iniquity, wickedness, falsehood.
Just a short list of truth to undergird it.
Psalm 45:7 ; Titus 2:11-14 ; 1 Corinthians 13:5-6 ; Proverb 8:6-11 ; Proverbs 8:12-13 ; James 3:13-18 ; Nehemiah 8:10 ; Proverbs 10:29 ; Psalm 21:1 ; Isaiah 33:6 ;
What We Open…
Blessings... I pray this message will find you in a place where your heart is tender and eager to be fed and encouraged.
There are three things Paul did consistently and courageously.
He Opened His Mouth
He Opened His Bible
He Opened His Life
Yes, as simple as this sounds, is as simple as it is! Paul, simply but significantly, was a man who opened his mouth for Christ, and then he opened the Scriptures to teach and pointed them to Christ, and then he opened his life to ridicule, rejection, scrutiny, and as an example to share how this same Jesus interrupted and transformed his life. That's it... a man who opened things! And we find that as he opened these three things, before the people, the Lord opened hearts and heaven to those who were poor in spirit, perishing in their sin, and needed Jesus to rescue them.
Glory, hallelujah, and as Paul opened...God opened every needful thing — that Paul couldn't open — that was absolutely necessary — for Him to fulfill his assignments.
This is how it reads:
"And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned [He opened his Mouth] with them out of the Scriptures [He opened his Bible], opening and alleging [He opened his Life], that Christ had to suffer, and rise again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ." (Acts 17:2-3)
Opening up our lives is a very important part of the whole. It's an essential part of the three things he did. Let me explain. The word "alleging" or "demonstrating" means to place alongside. Paul used his life and other testimonies to cast alongside the truth he just opened up. And with God's help, to show how the life, death, and r
We finish up in 1 Thessalonians as we look at the final one another commands in the letter:
Comfort and edify one another
Highly esteem the pastor/elders
Be at peace with one another, with patience and zero vengeance
Greet one another with warmth and affection