Ready for Christ's Return: An Exposition of 1 Thessalonians

Cooperating with God’s Goal (1 Thessalonians 5:12-28)

July 10, 2016

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. We can cooperate with God’s goal for us.

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Facing the Day (1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11)

July 3, 2016

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. Today’s text gives us three ways to face the Day of Christ’s return.

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Living to Please God (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12)

June 26, 2016

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.

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Standing Firm in Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13)

June 19, 2016

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.

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Living Worthy of God’s Call (1 Thessalonians 2:1-16)

June 12, 2016

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.

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Being Ready (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)

June 5, 2016

In the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul expressed his thanks to God for their readiness for Christ’s return. He listed three attributes of how they were “being ready.” We can be ready for Christ’s return. In today’s text we will see three attributes of how to be ready for Christ’s return.

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Faith Heroes: Ordinary People that God Used in Extraordinary Ways

Paul

May 29, 2016

In the book of Acts, we see how Paul relentlessly pursued Christ and the purpose Christ had for him. We can have the same faith as Paul and relentlessly pursue our Lord Jesus and His purpose for us. The text today gives us three ways to have a relentless faith like Paul.

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Mary

May 22, 2016

In the book of Luke, God spoke through the angel Gabriel to Mary to announce that she would give birth to a son who would be the Messiah, the Son of God. Mary willingly received and believed God’s Word. She became a willing vessel of God’s Word. We can have a faith like Mary’s that willing receives and believes God’s Word. The text gives three steps to having a willing faith like Mary.

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Peter

May 15, 2016

In the book of Luke, Jesus called Peter to make a bold step of faith to leave everything and follow Him. Peter decided to boldly follow Jesus. We can have the same kind of faith as Peter. Jesus is calling each of us to follow Him. The text gives three steps to having a bold faith like Peter’s.

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Ruth

May 8, 2016

In the book of Ruth, the Moabite widow named Ruth put her faith in the redeeming power of the God of Israel to rescue and redeem her and her mother-in-law Naomi. We can have faith in the redeeming power of God today. The text gives three steps on how to have a redeeming faith like Ruth’s.

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