Sermons from May 2021

Sermons from May 2021

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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.

The Cross and Compassion

Jesus was deeply moved with compassion for people, knowing that they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. Compassion should lead us to pray for our sin-sick world, with a willingness to be the answer to that prayer. We should also follow Christ’s example by personally interacting with others and meeting them at their point of need: loving, forgiving, and caring. The cross is the ultimate expression of the compassion of Jesus.