Due to technical errors we have only 26 of the 30 sermons of this series on video. The audio is available through the sermon/teaching link above. This series on 1 Thessalonians teaches us the power of God through His preached word to the Thessalonians and how they endured and grew in the midst of great suffering and became the model church for all the regions.
Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 4:1-2 ESV)
The church is called to be pure but how is that possible when we are still in our flesh? Scripture teaches that purity is the work of God and that even the striving toward righteousness is the work of Christ so that all who are in Him are driven to such lives. Make no mistake, those who love sin should check their faith.
1 Thessalonians 3:6–10 (ESV)
6 But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love and reported that you always remember us kindly and long to see us, as we long to see you— 7 for this reason, brothers, in all our distress and affliction we have been comforted about you through your faith. 8 For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord. 9 For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, 10 as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?
The prequel to this text seen in verse 6 gives us a certainty of Paul’s knowledge of the faith of the church. The short of it goes as follows:
BUT NOW – We were concerned and wanted to LEARN and know for certain of your faith.
TIMOTHY has brought us good news: OF YOUR FAITH, OF YOUR LOVE, OF YOUR KIND REMEMBRANCE OF US, OF YOUR LONGING TO SEE US. For this reason; we know your election is sure. For this reason; we are comforted because of your faith (through your faith)
In today’s message we see the reality of God’s power and are shown that there is certainty and hope in the lives of the Thessalonian Church because God has saved them in power and that their faith wasn’t an emotional man-centered response to the preached word.
In our message today, we find the Apostle Paul giving some great encouragement revealing the narrative of his fear and desire to see the joy of the Thessalonians. He readily admits that he fears they would fall away due to the difficult time of persecution proving that their preaching of the gospel was in vain for their salvation. To Paul’s joy, Timothy found the infant and orphaned church strong and full of life proving their election as they received the word of God in power, much suffering and with much joy! This text teaches us the power of God’s gospel and how HE and only HE can overcome in our lives. One of the great beauties of this text is that Paul and the Apostles found comfort in their own trials by knowing that the orphaned church was thriving in the faith!
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ in now way is weak, except that Christ became weak and gave Himself for the redemption of lost and dead sinners. This is our only hope; Christ is our only hope and nothing else gives eternal life but Jesus Christ and His life, death and resurrection.