Glory and Joy

Glory and Joy

17 Messages | Jan. 2017 - June 2017

Every one of us has longings deep within our soul, longings which we cannot turn off or ignore, longings for things like glory and joy. We continually look for their satisfaction in all kinds of places and pursuits. In the letters to the Thessalonians, we find a people who have found the glory and joy they had been longing for. They found the one true source, they were growing in it, and they were on a path to increase their experience of it forever.

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January 29, 2017 by

The gospel begins with God's work of choosing his people and changing them. When we see this lived out in people's live, we should give God thanks for what he has done.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5

February 5, 2017 by

The gospel comes to us and decisively changes our lives, and then is to go out from us so that more people can hear the good news of Jesus.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10

February 12, 2017 by

What matters is not only the gospel we proclaim but the manner in which we share it. This is why we need the gospel to transform our motivations and empower our love.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

February 19, 2017 by

What is the gospel message of Jesus, a word from God or simply another manmade tale? Those who belong to Jesus accept the word of God as the word of God, even in the face of strong opposition.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16

February 26, 2017 by

In 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5, Paul helps us understand his experiences and suffering in light of God's priorities and mercy.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:7-3:5

March 5, 2017 by

Living for experiences in this life misses the mark because it doesn't prepare us for the greatest experience we can ever have, an overwhelming joy which will never end.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13

March 19, 2017 by

Having a true faith in Jesus means that we follow him as our Lord. This means that we desire to please God in every square inch of our lives, which includes our sexuality.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

March 26, 2017 by

The church must have an inside focus to be truly effective in its outside mission. We are to be in the world not of the world but for the world.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

April 30, 2017 by

The Bible tells us that as Jesus rose from the dead so shall we. This promise from God gives us a certain and unshakable hope, which encourages us as we face life and death.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

May 7, 2017 by

Since God has clearly told us that Jesus will come again, we must be watchful and ready for his return.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

May 14, 2017 by

Bringing us into his church is one of the greatest gifts God gives us on this earth. To experience the fullness of this blessing, we must follow God's commands on how to live out church.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15

May 21, 2017 by

When our hope is in God, it can never be moved or shaken. This hope changes how we live and puts us in the position where God does the work in us only he can do.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-28

May 28, 2017 by

The gospel comes to us and decisively changes our lives, and then is to go out from us so that more people can hear the good news of Jesus.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10

June 4, 2017 by

The events surrounding Jesus' return should not lead to fear but should instead produce a deeper trust in the truth of God.

Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

June 11, 2017 by

Our greatest comfort in the face of doubt and affliction is a right understanding of God's salvation and Christ's glory, Paul encourages us to move forward in both of these in 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17.

Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

June 18, 2017 by

In every step of the way of following Jesus, we are absolutely dependent upon God working through his word.

Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

June 25, 2017 by

God has designed our lives so that we spend a great amount of time working. When we work with a heart to bring him glory, we honor him rightly and serve our neighbors well.

Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18