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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.


2 Thessalonions

 You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority. Instead, we were like young children among you.Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last. But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way. For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy. - 1 Thessalonians 2:1-20 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1Thessalonians2:1-20&version=NIV

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Only One Way...

 After they traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.  Paul went to the Jews in the synagogue, as he customarily did, and on three Sabbath days he addressed them from the scriptures,  explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead, saying, “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.”  Some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large group of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women.  But the Jews became jealous, and gathering together some worthless men from the rabble in the marketplace, they formed a mob and set the city in an uproar. They attacked Jason’s house, trying to find Paul and Silas to bring them out to the assembly.  When they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city officials, screaming, “These people who have stirred up trouble throughout the world have come here too,  and Jason has welcomed them as guests! They are all acting against Caesar’s decrees, saying there is another king named Jesus!”  They caused confusion among the crowd and the city officials who heard these things. - Acts 17:1-8 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts17:1-8&version=NIV

When Paul preached to the Jews  he preached from OT to them. 

Three main points:

1.  Death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was necessary;
2.  Salvation is only through Jesus;
3.  Jesus is the 'boss ' of the church.

Acts 17:3

Jesus is the Christ. Reference:  Luke 24 - Emmaus Road. 

Israel was to show the world God.   The church is to show the world God.   We need to be in the best possible place so we can show the world God.

God loves even those who hurt us the most.  But he does not want us to remain in a place where we get hurt.

It's one thing to know about someone yet you don't know them.   Knowing God is not a knowledge of information but knowing Him.

You can know stuff but not know God.  

We preach one name to the nations - Jesus.

In OT God wants to know each of you personally.   God thinks you are wonderful because he made you.

Adam sinned and fellowship with God was broken.   This is why God went to so much trouble to restore the fellowship between himself and people.

John the Baptist identified Christ as the 'Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world '.

There is only one thing that can save us:  Jesus' sacrifice so we can be made right.  Offered himself once and for all. 

Jesus came as the last 'Adam'.

Principle in OT:  First born - Judgement; secon born - grace.

Everyone today still needs to hear the Good News.  Christ is theonly way to salvation.

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