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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.