STRONG AND READY
Through this eleven part sermon series we will systematically make our way through the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. The focus will be on being equipped by the Scriptures to be strong as a believer, and to be ready to serve.
Part 1 – Who? When? Why?
1 Thessalonians 1:1
Through this message we learn about the historical situation which lead to the planting of the Thessalonian church, and the purpose of Paul writing 1 Thessalonians.
Part 2 – Are We Worth Imitating?
1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
Paul’s thanksgiving of the kingdom life and witness of the Thessalonians is a reminder that our calling is to be worthy of imitation, people who model what it means to be strong and ready to stand out in this world.
Part 3 – Gospelling Like Paul
1 Thessalonians 2:1-16
Paul commends the church of the Thessalonians for being a model to the others churches. They imitate Paul who avoids all worldly techniques when he brings the Gospel; and who also brings the Gospel with family familiarity. Such gospelling will make believers strong and ready and stand out.
Part 4 – The Hindrance Of Misunderstanding
1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13
The hasty exit from Thessalonica causes Paul to be very concerned for the ongoing ministry in the Thessalonian church. The specific concern is that Satan was using misunderstanding to hinder the Gospel.
Part 5 – Living The Sanctified Life
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
When Timothy returns from Thessalonica he brings with him some questions from the Thessalonians. In these verses Paul deals with the issue of broken love, which causes unsanctified sexuality.
Part 6 – Informed Grief
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Paul deals with the pastoral situation of the Thessalonians who are grieving without hope. His response is not to focus on end-times theology, but to fill in the missing gap of knowledge with the hope that is in Christ.
Part 7 – Surprised But Not Napping
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
The coming of Jesus will be like a thief in the night – unannounced and without prior warning. Our call as Christians is to be watchful, not by trying to guess an unrevealed time and season, but by living as those who ate in the light.
Part 8 – Life In The Kingdom Family
1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
Even when, like the Thessalonians, we are doing well in our spiritual journey, we still need to keep hearing and reflecting on the imperatives and commands and spiritual direction which comes from the Word – because no matter who we are we can easily fail.
Part 9 – Having Consistent And Growing Christianity
2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Paul expresses thankfulness for the consistency of the church of the Thessalonians. A consistency that expresses itself in continuing maturity, ongoing hope in their eternal destiny, and holding to a purpose that gives them security.
Part 10 – Jesus Never Forgets
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
The persecution faced by the church of the Thessalonians was causing them to think that Jesus had forgotten them. By focusing on the end times Paul teaches them, and us, that Jesus never forgets and we are always seen – even when we don’t fully understand.
Part 11 – Don’t Be An Active, But Idle, Busy Body
2 Thessalonians 3:1-18
Paul address a specific sin in the life of the Thessalonian church – the sin of being an active, but idle, busy body. This sin is a blind – spot in the life of the Thessalonian church. All blind spots need to be addressed before we get to a point where the kingdom is better off without us.