2 Thessalonians 3 “The Goal Is Love” – 3/1/15 – cd#1545 – Andrew S. Memorial Sat. 10am Mar.7

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GOD will strengthen you and protect you from the enemy of your soul if you’ve given your life to Jesus Christ.  Jesus will direct your hearts into the Love of God. But Satan will often come with doubt and questions about God’s love, especially when things seem to have gone wrong. The Enemy comes along and says “If God really loves you, why did He allow this to happen?”  Your Enemies, (Satan, Self, Sin, and Society) want you to question God’s Love for you.                                                                                        God, our Father, Loves us, and He is working in all of the circumstances in our lives, for a good purpose. (Romans 8:28) I know this is true because God has revealed His Love for me personally, in my heart. I pray that God will also direct your hearts toward the wonderful, amazing, Love of God in Christ Jesus.

2 Thessalonians 2 “The Departure & Antichrist” 2/22/15 cd#1544

 

Paul writes here, in 2 Thessalonians 2, that eventually the Antichrist will sit in the temple of God declaring that he is God & demanding to be worshiped as God. This is the final event that will trigger the wrath and judgment of God. In Matthew 24 Jesus said, “When you see this abomination of desolation that Daniel spoke of (Dan.9:27&12:11) standing in the Holy place, it is time for you to flee Jerusalem.” Jesus also said; “Let him who reads, understand” (Matt.24:15,16)!                                               The Book of Revelation tells us that God will give Israel two wings of a great eagle to take her to a wilderness place, where God will watch over the faithful ones, and keep them safe for 3 ½ years (Rev.12:14).

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2 Thessalonians 1 “Live Worthy of His Call” – Inductive Bible Study, Sunday 10am Feb. 15, 2015 – CD#1543

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ONE DAY WHEN JESUS CHRIST COMES TO RULE OVER THE EARTH, we will see the world as God intended it to be! There will be no sickness or violence. The blind will behold the glory of the Lord! The mute will sing praises to Jesus, and the lame will leap for joy (Isa.35:5,6). There will be no sorrow or pain there, and the former things will pass away (Rev.21:4).          We will see a world in which people live together in harmony and love. We will enjoy a world filled with love and peace. It will be a glorious world in the kingdom age (Rev.21:24-27).                                                                              And in that wonderful Day, Jesus will be glorified in His saints and loved and admired among all who believe (2 Thessalonians 1). Our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ will rule in glory!

1 Thessalonians 5 – “Watch & Be Ready” – Inductive Bible Study, Fellowship & Prayer – 10AM – 2/8/15 – CD#1542

 

THE WORD OF GOD calls Christians children of the day, and not children of the night, so that the coming of the Lord should not take us by surprise. (1 Thess.5)   There are a lot of things in this world that cloud our spiritual awareness. Even Christians can get caught up in the things of this world. The rotten culture of todays’ world is easily accessible, and we can become spiritually dull rather than spiritually alert.   So Jesus warns His children to “watch and be ready for you don’t know the day or the hour your Lord is coming” (Matt.24:42)!

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I Thessalonians 4 “Christians Never Die” – Feb. 1, 2015 CD#1541

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THE NEW TESTAMENT uses the word “sleep” to refer to a Christians’ death (1 Thess.4). It started with Jesus. When He told Mary & Martha that Lazarus was only asleep, the disciples thought he would get well since he was only asleep, so Jesus told them plainly that Lazarus was dead (John 11). Jesus used the term “sleep” because what happens to a Christian isn’t the same as what happens to the unrepentant sinner who dies.

Jesus told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” (Jn.11:25). Jesus was referring to spiritual death, which is the separation of consciousness from God. Jesus was saying that anyone who believes in Him will never be separated from God!

I Thess. 3 “Jesus Imminent Return” – Jan.25,2015 cd#1540

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THE APOSTLE PAUL was constantly concerned, that Christians would be ready when Jesus returned with His Church. It is God’s desire that Christians in every period of church history live in continuous expectation that Jesus could come for us at any time.  I think His purpose was to give us a sense of urgency in order to get the gospel message out to as many people as possible. And He wanted to give us a sense of priority because, when Jesus Christ comes, we’re going to leave behind all of our material possessions. Our priority should always be the things of the Spirit.  And because Jesus could return at any time, we have a real incentive to walk in holiness. The hope of the imminent return of Jesus Christ is a purifying hope.

 

1 Thess. 2 “God’s Effective Word” Jan.18,2015 – CD#1539

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THE AWESOME THING ABOUT THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST  is that it is alive, and powerful, and active. Two thousand years ago it was alive and, powerfully working in the Christians at Thessalonica. (1 Thess.2)  Today, in the 21st century, the living, powerful, and active gospel is the same. It is still alive, and effective in people all over the world! It still transforms lives! It still brings people out of darkness into His marvelous light! It still delivers people from the power of Satan into the Kingdom of God! The awesome gospel of Jesus Christ still transforms hearts and lives. It still moves people from sorrow to joy, from distress to peace. God’s not dead, nor is God’s Effective Word!

1 Thessalonians 1 “Turn to God from Idols” Jan.11,2015 – CD#1538

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Let’s break down Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians in Chapter 1:                     Who – Christians & Idolaters; Christians seek spiritual things while idolaters seek material things.

What – Whatever Idol stumbles you; know that by faith you have a new life, free from idols.  (2 Cor.5:17)

When – Day by day put away your Idols & turn to God, presenting your body a living sacrifice. (Rom.12)

Where – Everywhere in your life, get rid of Idols, and fill your life with Righteousness, Peace & Joy.

Why – Because Idolatry brings death & destruction, but God loves you and sent Jesus to die for you, and save you.

How – By relying on God, the Holy Spirit. (Jn 15:5). Jesus said He is with you and shall be in you. (John 14:17)

Acts 28 – “The Fruit of Living By Faith” – 1/4/15 – cd#1538

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In Acts 28 – the last chapter of the book – We see that the Apostle Paul was a prisoner of Christ in Roman chains for two years. Paul used that time to write letters to the Ephesian church, the Colossians, the Philippians, to Timothy & Philemon. Think what we would have lost if we didn’t have Paul’s letters. They make up most of the New Testament.

God brought the Apostle to the wicked city of Rome to bring the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ to all who would listen or read. He was not only a blessing to the churches where the letters were sent, but his letters have been a blessing to all Christians through the centuries. Today we are reaping the fruit of Paul’s living faith in Jesus Christ while in that ungodly, seemingly impossible, situation.

 

Acts 27 – “Faith Through the Storm” -12/28/14 – CD#1537

In Acts 27 the Lord encouraged Paul in the midst of a storm at sea. Jesus assured Paul of his mission; “You must be brought before Caesar..”. Paul had God’s word that he was going to make it to Rome.   It is wonderful to have that assurance regarding your purpose for life. When the storms of life come and we are prone to give up; when we are anxious and have doubts, we can rest on the promises of God.  Jesus told Paul: “You shall bear witness of Me in Rome.” Paul believed God’s word to him, that it would be just as it was told to him. Paul had confidence in the word of God! So it should be with every Bible believing Christian.

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