Sermons by Mitchell Gregory (Page 3)

Sermons by Mitchell Gregory (Page 3)

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Can I Live Holy?

If we are convinced that pleasing God is our supreme goal, and our holiness pleases God, what practical steps can we take in our pursuit of holiness? For answers, we not only stay in 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 but also expand our search to other places in the New Testament in order to understand how it instructs us in holy living. As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are…
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Living a Life of Purity

Sexual immorality has caused trouble for the church from its earliest days to the present. Temptation comes from without and from within. The unsaved world is contented to live in open lasciviousness while Christians must face the enduring temptations that come from our flesh. Sanctification is God’s call of believers from their former lives of sin unto himself. Yet, Christians are often caught between the new life in God and the former sinful life. With all the confusing messages on…
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Sanctification

God calls believers away from their sinful lives to a new lives dedicated to pleasing him. The Christian life, however, is rarely simple. We are caught between the desire to please God which is our supreme goal, and the temptations of our former sinful life. The process by which God purifies us is called “sanctification.” But what does sanctification look like? Are we required to do anything? If we are, what are we supposed to do? Join us as we…
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Pleasing God

Learning to please God is our supreme goal and greatest delight. What does it mean to please God truly? We will learn from Paul who writes urge the Thessalonians to please God through living out the instructions they received from him. As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you…
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A Prayer for Love and Holiness

Paul prays fervently and frequently that the Thessalonian believers will grow in heartfelt love for each other and for unbelievers as well. This love will increase and overflow into generous acts of kindness and will enable them to live more holy lives until the return of Christ. Like them, may our defining characteristics be love and holiness. For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the…
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Destined for Trials

In 1 Thessalonians 3:1-8, Paul writes to a very young church that was undergoing severe persecution. Paul sent Timothy to strengthen their faith, to keep them from being unsettled by trials, and to ensure that thy tempter would not be victorious in their lives. We must remember that trials and persecutions were predicted by Jesus, and we should pray that we will be found faithful.

Forsaken Love

Christ is to be first in our heart’s affections, yet we are prone to become indifferent in our love for Him. Through repentance and prayer, we can remedy the forsaking of the love we once held for Jesus.
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When Satan Blocks our Way

Paul deeply desired to return to the young church in Thessalonica, but he was blocked by Satan. Satan is real, he is evil, and he opposed us as individuals and as a church, but Satan is not God’s equal. If we are alert and stand firm in the Word of God and prayer, Satan can be resisted.
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Our Risen Lord

The disciple Thomas remained in doubt and despair for a full week after the crucifixion, unconvinced by the verbal testimony of others who had see the risen Jesus. When Christ appeared to Thomas and invited him to see and touch His wounds, Thomas proclaimed, “My Lord and my God!” Today our doubts are cured through the reading of God’s Word (John 20:31). A true seeker who reads the Scriptures can find faith. Like Thomas, let us submit to the lordship of Christ.
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Our Exalted Lord

The most exalted name or title of Jesus is Lord. Jesus, equal with God, humbled himself and came into our world to bear the punishment for our sins. Therefore, Jesus is exalted as the Lord of Glory. In Philippians 2, Paul ascribes to Jesus the title given Isaiah 42:8 (Yaweh) and the text of Isaiah 45:23 (every knee shall bow). At this moment, Jesus is supremely exalted (Philippians 2:9), and one day His Lordship will be confessed by all (Philippians 2:10-11).
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Receive the Word

God’s word is divine truth that will transform our lives and sustain us in persecution. Jesus prayed for all believers, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17 (NIV)
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Living a God Worthy Life

Paul encourages the Thessalonians to walk in a manner worthy of God, a life that pleases God, because He calls us into His kingdom and glory. Pastor Mitchell then give us some ways from the scripture on how we can live a worthy life.
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Gospel Witness Necessities

The Gospel has been entrusted to us and in order to share it we must pray for God-given boldness. The Gospel is to be shared in sincerity and in fullness from a heart of love and from a desire to serve and praise Christ.
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What is the Gospel?

The Gospel has been entrusted to the church and it has the power to save us from sin and transform our thinking and living. John 3:16 is the gospel in miniature . If we reject God’s love, we are in danger of perishing because of our sin. God gave His Son to provide our rescue, and whoever embraces Jesus by faith alone is promised salvation and eternal life.
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Dare to Speak the Gospel

Silence for the sake of safety is not biblical. Have the courage to speak the Gospel in the face of opposition, relying on God’s help and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
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A Christ Awaiting People

The Church is to be busy in the world for Jesus while we wait for Him to return from heaven. Christ will come again in bodily form. We should live with a spirit of urgency and eagerness as we imitate Christ, serve Him, and share the good news of the Gospel.
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A God Serving People

The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath. 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10 (NIV) Let’s turn to the true…
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A Gospel Witnessing People

The Thessalonian believers were commended for living out the Gospel and passing it on. We also should be models of how our lives have been changed by Christ – not models of perfection but of making progress in becoming Christlike. We are entrusted to boldly and compassionately share the Gospel. May we never be guilty of not speaking the Gospel.
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Welcome the Message

We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of…

Imitating Christ

The imitation of Christ is to be our chief end. There should not be a gap between the Christ we proclaim verbally and the Christ we present visibly. With dependence upon the Holy Spirit, let us seriously consider the life of Jesus and pray for holiness.