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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Haggai 1

Haggai Chapter 1

Haggai encouraged the people in Jerusalem to re-start the building program which they had abandoned 16 years previously to complete the temple.

Those who had, under the proclamation of Cyrus, returned to Jerusalem began by repairing the altar and laying the foundation of the temple, now have built their homes, farmed their land and built their economy.

What about the temple?  An unfinished building that shows what happens when fear overtakes.

Haggai now tells the people, the Lord says, "Consider your ways!"

Something to think about?

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

1 Thessalonians 2

1 Thessalonians 2:7-9

We need to be involved in the life of the town.  Paul and his companions put their heart and life into serving the people.

Sometimes Christian workers treat the Gospel as a commodity.  But it's not.  That's not how Paul and his companions presented the Gospel.

V7  nursing mother - a slave often was given the task to fully give herself to the well being of the child.

Paul likewise presents this as how they served.

Then they served like a father. 

A Pastor is an overseer with the gift of teaching. (Ephesians)  Most of the time they are overseer/shepherds.

The apostles come into the town and they confront the role of priest.  Jesus was a Rabbi - teacher.

A father - as we look to learn spiritual lessons - love and commitment.

They dealt with new believers as a father with children.   Encouragement and love and provide guidance.   Exhort (build up a person), teach and help children to accept their responsibilities so they get through life.

Children respond well to encouragement.   They want to please their parents.

Exhortation and discipline - then believers will mature and grow up.

Barnabas = son of encouragement.

He demonstrated this character.   He reached out to Paul. 

Romans 5:1

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Approved by God (part 1)

1 Thessalonians 2:1-16

This was the revealed Word by the apostle to the people.

The Gospel is the greatest help we can give someone.

If people know Jesus Christ, our nation will change.  Nothing else can save except Jesus Christ.  Romans 1:16  Tell people about Jesus.  

The Thessalonians heard the message and accepted it the Word of God.  He asks the believers how they conducted themselves when they heard the message.

Qualities/standard of those who brought the message of Jesus:

1.  They were committed to Jesus Christ and God's people. (Acts 16 - they bore the results of what happened in Philippi). Do we truly believe in the Gospel?
2.  They were approved by God as opposed to being approved by man.  They were not self appointed servants  /workers.  This was evident by the way they came.  God can defend the Gospel.  We are to presentthe Gospel.   God is big enough to defend the Gospel.   We are to be honest.  They came simply with the message they believed.   They were conscious of the responsibility they had.  Some people use the gispel for their own ends.  It is shameful to do so.  It is not for our gain to present message of Jesus Christ.  True servants of God recognize their responsibility.

We are God's sincere messengers.  Numbers are important but attitude is more important.   Present the message God will take care of numbers. 

Sometimes people want to be man pleasers.  If you set out to please man you will please some people some of the time but not all the time.

The apostles did not use their authority to hinder people from hearing the gospel.  Their position as entrusted by God to present gospel was not used for personal gain.

Christ who is center of gospel.  We want people to put their faith in Jesus Christ.

Jeremiah 23:16-22 - woe to those who speak on their own authority.  We are to be approved by God.

God appoints the leaders and its his message.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Knowing Jesus...

Romans 8:26; Acts17:4

Jesus is Messiah whether or not we believe.

Having a knowledge of Jesus Christ doesn't mean that you are a Christian.

We need to be in a place of Communication with God.  Not just talking but also listening to God.

Paul was aware in Corinthian church who were leaders but not believers.

2 Corinthians 13:5

1 Thessalonions 1:5-10

You should know for sure if you are going to heaven or not.  If you are not sure, you need seek it out.

You can know about Christ is not being saved.  You must be convicted that you have a need that only God can fill.

Unpardonable sin = rejected God.  That is what Adam and Eve did; it's what we have been doing ever since.   

To find out, cry out to Jesus.  Our salvation is in Jesus Christ.  If you want to know Father, know Jesus. 

Secondly they received message with joy.  These fellows in Thessalonica didn't get a better life after they became believers; life became worse.  Yet they found joy in the Holy Spirit.   They obeyed Jesus as Lord and followed his teaching.  They gave over to Jesus, teacher, anointed one.

Repent, repent and sin no more...

The people turned from idols to God.  Do we still have idols today?  Repentence is turning away from what you do that is against God and not doing that again.

Turning from what you are doing that is getting you in strife and doing something that is helping us to do what is right.

Remorse is not taking an action.  Repentence is doing something positive about problem.  Its not about feeling remorseful, its about what we will do to make positive change.

With Repentence comes the conviction to fix it.  Don't repeat same mistake ovet and over.  When we put something ahead of God it becomes an idol.

When we want to be friends with the world, we make this an idol.  Many people today think Repentence is feeling sorrowful about doing something wrong. 

You will feel:  emotions; intellect.

Anything else that other than the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help us make a decision is an idol.

Mark 1:4

Acts 2 37-38

Without repentence and turning to Jesus there is no gift of the Holy Spirit. 

In the model church (Thessalonica) they made repentence a practice that they lived out.  

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Local Church

1 Thessalonions chapter 2

As we read through this chapter we realize the Jewish people missed their messiah.  They had built up expectations of how he should be and act.

We do this also with the local church.

But we are to:

1.  Worship God
2.  Read the Word and ask Holy Spirit to reveal

In OT people could read about the Messiah:

Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Isaiah 5:36; Isaiah 53:1-12; Zechariah 11:12;

You can read the Bible religiously but without the Holy Spirit, you miss Jesus.

The people missed the Messiah.  How?  Peter missed a lot of things until the coming of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus had been given to them by God but they missed it.  They had rejected Jesus and crucified him.  God had raised him up and they still missed it.  Jesus had been made Lord of Heaven and earth and they still missed it.

John says...these things are written...John 20:31

The Jewish people were the first sent in to attack the church by the enemy.  But standing upon the foundation they withstood the attack.

This model church has a clear understanding of who Jesus is.  He is a person.   Our faith is in a person.

Acts 17:7  - you can have all different ideas but if the foundation is not right all will fall down around.  If a building does not have a proper foundation then it falls down.  The Bereans checked out all a person said and if you were right you were asked back but if what you said was wrong you were rejected. 

Jesus wasn't just the Saviour, Lord, he is THE King.  The government is upon the shoulders of Jesus.  This was a foundational truth in the church of Thessalonica.

There was a lot of opposition to the preaching of the gospel.   Read into Romans 10 - Jesus is the King.

Do we respond to the authorities of this land from ourselves or from Jesus?  The basis of sin is the rejection of God in our lives.   In the garden of Eden, Adam sinned against God and he died; spirituality and then physically.

Nicodemus was told by Jesus he must be born again.  He understood what Jesus said.  First born receives judgement; second born receives mercy.  Adam was first born; Jesus is second born. 

Jesus came as 'last' Adam.  He was tempted but chose to obey God even to death on the cross.  First step of obedience is to accept Jesus as the Christ. 

First reason to have a church - preach the gospel.   If we all accepted Jesus then a lot of problems would be sorted.  When people hear the gospel and turn to God in obedience they are saved.

In heaven you can't lead people to Christ.  Only on earth can people ne led to Jesus.

Thanks be to God....Paul says.....

We are always going to be a slave to something.   If you are not in Christ you will be a slave to the evil one; or if you are in Christ you serve and obey Jesus.

The foundation principles for the Church in Thessalonica:

1.  The death and resurrection of Christ was necessary;
2.  He is the Messiah:
3.  He is the King.

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