Over the last few weeks, Neil, Richard, and Mary, have been taking us through 1 Thessalonians. If you missed a sermon, or you’d like to listen again, you can find them all below.
Living the Gospel (1 Thessalonians 1:1-4)
The church finds its identity by being ‘in God’ – we get our self-awareness from this relationship.
Then we live it out – faith, hope, and love, that stems from the gospel, that promises us a different belief about the future.
It may mean that we get weary – but we don’t give up, because we see it all differently.
Living as models (1 Thessalonians 1:5-10)
The Gospel breaks in with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power – the Thessalonians had accepted it all, and their faith had become known about…
The danger of settling for a ‘safe’ faith is that it’s not worth hearing about.
Living Straight (1 Thessalonians 2:1-12)
Paul lived without spin – he was aware that he could manipulate people and situations – but he wanted to live holy and whole – his calling was to the church.
Our calling may be in many different situations – but we are still called to live with integrity – without any hint of spin.
Living in the storm (1 Thessalonians 2:17 – 3:13)
How do you hold on to faith when the storms of life hit you?
Living right (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12)
The three areas that Paul addresses here as arenas for holiness are sex, relationships, and work – the creation ordinances. This may not be by accident – the areas that relate to our createdness, are the three areas that often become problematic.
Living hopefully (1 Thessalonians 4:13–5:11)
How do we live in the light of death and in the light of Jesus’ reappearing?
Living practically (1 Thessalonians 5:12-5:28)
What does the Christian life look like in practice? What are the foundations on which we make decisions and develop a Christ-formed lifestyle?