Paul wanted to make sure the Christians in Thessalonica didn't grow colder to him because of his absence, so he reminded them of some things. What do we need to remember while we wait for Jesus to return so our hearts can grow warmer?
Helping people follow Jesus takes time. It's a slow process for people to move from where they are to be completely like Jesus and helping others follow Him. So what do we need to get through this slowness? Pastor Jacob shares here.
Followers of Jesus know we're supposed to help others follow Jesus, but we often don't know how to do that. God's Word shows us how, though. We aim to help people follow Jesus by prayerfully depending on the Holy Spirit to change people as we share God's Word and our lives with them over time. This sermon focuses on the first phrase: "prayerfully depending on the Holy Spirit to change people . . ."
Paul continued to remind his readers of he and his friends' actions when in Thessalonica. He wanted them to have confidence in him so they would in turn have confidence in the message of the gospel itself.
Can we really make a difference in the world? If so, how? Paul told the Thessalonians that their story spread everywhere. But what was their story? And can God use our lives to make a difference like that? Listen for God's voice from 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10 as Pastor Jacob Riggs preaches.
There are marks of a Christian that show someone belongs to another world--heaven itself. When someone shows these marks, it brings great thanks to God from those who observe them. Listen for God's Word in 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 as Pastor Jacob preaches.
What comes into your heart and mind when you think about the reality Jesus is going to return to earth? In this sermon, Pastor Jacob encourages us to prepare for the return of Jesus by sharing the major themes from the book of 1 Thessalonians. For a pdf of the sermon, click here: https://bit.ly/2x97dVl
When the disciples of Jesus understood He was going to die, it brought great sorrow in their hearts. But Jesus promised their sorrow would turn into joy when they saw Him after His resurrection. This is a promise for us as well that when we see Him, all our sorrow will also turn to joy--all because of His power in the resurrection.
Stealing is obviously wrong, and everyone agrees with it. But everyone also does it whether we realize it or not. The biggest question is, "How can we go from just not taking something that belongs to another and instead give what we have to those who need it?"
Adultery is so obviously wrong to almost everyone that we could miss the full implications of this commandment to us if we haven't technically cheated on our spouse. But Jesus shows us in Matthew 5 that the heart of an adulterer is the same heart as someone who lusts after another. But in the gospel there's not just forgiveness for our breaking of this commandment, but new desire to obey it.
"Honor your father and your mother" is a commandment that looks different for different people. A teenager at home is called to honor their parents in a different way than a 60 year old should honor his mother in a nursing home. Most importantly, this sermon shares how the gospel is the true motivator for honoring our parents even if they've been less than honorable to us.
People are stressed, and God's people are no different. Thankfully, God has modeled and designed a way for His people to recuperate--by devoting one day to rest and worship. The fourth commandment is "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy." May God bless His Word as you listen.
This sermon focuses on the third commandment from God for His people--"You shall not take my name in vain." The surprising thing about this commandment is it goes well beyond simply not using profanity in speech. Pastor Jacob Riggs shares.
Kevin DeYoung said: "The first commandment is about worshiping the right God. The second commandment is about worshiping God in the right way." In what ways do we make a false representation of God in our worship? And how can we truly know what God is like in order to worship Him like He desires?