Psalm 138 We have so many reasons to thank God. We don’t want to like the Ephesians who knew God but did not worship or give thanks to God.
1 Thessalonians 5:25-28 NIV – “25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters. 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 Do you take notes when you are listening to a sermon? After you leave, what do you do with what you heard? How do you discern if God is speaking to you through the sermon? When I was in seminary, my homiletics professor said that we needed to be able to stand in front of the congregation and say, “Thus says the Lord.” Does this sound arrogant to you? Don’t you want to know that sermon you are hearing is from God? Pray that God will speak to you today from His Word.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV – “18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:14 NIV – “14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.”
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 By the power of the Holy Spirit we can live in a way that pleases God. When we sin with our bodies, we do not please the Lord. Our culture and even our own justification cause us to think that our actions with our bodies do not matter. God wants to sanctify us. God called us to live holy lives. Do we know what this means practically?
1 Thessalonians 2:17-20
When you get to Heaven, what will you take with you? What will you celebrate about your life? What will matter most to you in Heaven? Paul says that his crown will be the people who have come to know Christ through his ministry. Will jewels in your crown really matter in heaven or will you be most excited about the people who will be there because of your ministry?
1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
The Thessalonians came to know Christ in a very short time and yet the word of God had a dramatic effect on their lives. They faced severe persecution as very young believers and did not give in. This is contrasted with those were hostile to God and killed Jesus as well as opposed the message of the Gospel.
1 Thessalonians 2:7-12
Paul was motivated to tell people about Jesus because of his love for them. That love affected the way he shared the good news about Jesus. He did everything he could to avoid anything that would make it hard for people to accept the love of Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 2:1-6
The apostles told people about Christ even though they had experienced severe rejection and beating in Philippi. Paul says that God tests our heart and that should concern us more than what people think of us. What will God find if he puts us on his treadmill?
1 Thessalonians 1:6-10
Charles Barkley was wrong. He was a role model. He may have been a poor one, but he was a role model. Every mother is a role model. In fact, we are all role models for people around us both young and old. What are people saying about you? What do people in other places say about our church? We are imitators of Jesus and models for other believers. Are we living as examples that others should follow? Are we following the example of Jesus Christ? Would you invite someone to follow your example as a follower of Jesus Christ?
I Thessalonians 1:1-5
What does God look at when he looks at a church? Paul praises the Thessalonian Church for their faith, hope, and love. We begin a series from 1 Thessalonians as an opportunity for the Lord to evaluate our church and our role in His Church. We may find that we have some things in common with the Thessalonian Church as it faces hardship, persecution, and even sexual promiscuity.
Malachi 4:4-6 What would it have been like to have lived during the time before Jesus was born. It has been referred to as 400 years of silence. No prophet spoke to Israel until John the Baptist preached in the wilderness. Have you had a season of no hope?
Psalm 107:1-9 What is your story of what God has done in your life to call you into a relationship with Him? Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to tell the stories of God’s actions in our lives. We have much to be thankful for when we think of all that God has done for us.
Thanks In Hard Times
Psalm 9:1-2, 9-11 When God told us to give thanks in ALL circumstances, He knew that many of our circumstances would be challenging even painful. Still he invites us to give thanks. This Psalm is written as a song of thanksgiving even after David’s son died. David understood how difficult and important it is to give thanks in ALL circumstances.