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Thessalonians
July 14, 2017

2 Thess 2:13-17

2 Thess 2:13-17

Tyler Yoder, Eastside Church Planting Resident, taught from 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17. He focused on 4 key points:  What does it mean to not return someone’s love – What about not returning God’s Love? Sanctification is the process of becoming more holy Holding Fast – To The Gospel Encouragement – The role of the Christian Community […]

July 2, 2017

2 Thess 2

2 Thess 2

This is a section of scripture that’s difficult to understand, and it’s easy to get bogged down in some of the language. Paul talks about the “man of lawlessness” and people being lost in their separation from God and their inability to recognize the truth. Where do we find the Gospel in this? The Gospel […]

June 29, 2017

2 Thess 1

2 Thess 1

2 Thessalonians begins in much the same way as Paul’s first letter to the church (not a building or a place, but the “called out ones”) in Thessalonica: “Grace and peace to you” – God’s gift to us which we could never earn; nothing missing, nothing broken; wholeness. But Paul goes on to talk about […]

June 29, 2017

Chapter 5:12-28

Chapter 5:12-28

Throughout this letter, and many of his other writings, Paul has been referring to the Christians as “brothers and sisters” because we are called to behave like family. This means loving one another – the kind of other-preferring love that Paul has been talking about throughout Thessalonians – and learning how to live together even […]

June 14, 2017

Chapter 5:1-11

Chapter 5:1-11

Paul, the converted legalist, once a persecutor, now among the persecuted, blinded so he could see, and fully convinced that Jesus is the Messiah, continues to instruct the church in Thessalonica about “the final days” – the second coming of Jesus. The church there was beginning to worry because Jesus hadn’t returned as soon as […]

June 14, 2017

Chapter 4:13-18

Chapter 4:13-18

In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Paul continues to encourage the believers in Thessalonica and even consoles them. Some of the early Jesus-followers hoped and believed that Jesus would make his triumphant return before any of the believers died. However, Paul is writing it a time when, because of persecution, and the simple passage of time, some […]

June 4, 2017

Chapter 4

Chapter 4

So far in 1 Thessalonians, the writer, Paul, has been giving thanks for the ways that the church – the called-out ones – are living in response to the Gospel; the Good News about Jesus. Now, in chapter 4, Paul continues to encourage the church to “do so more and more,” to continue growing in […]

May 28, 2017

Chapter 3

Chapter 3

This section of Paul’s letter forces us to ask ourselves some difficult questions. What is our response to anxiety and trial? Do we view trial as our trial – not just mine, not just yours, but ours? How do we respond under pressure? Am I praying? Why do we need to be strengthened? When the […]

May 16, 2017

Chapter 2

Chapter 2

The writer Paul continues his letter to the church in Thessalonica, encouraging, comforting, and urging them. They’re experiencing very real persecution and opposition, as we will anytime that we live in a way that reflects God’s Kingdom. Paul reminds the church that his motives are not to please others or to promote himself but for […]

May 13, 2017

Faith, Hope, and Love

Faith, Hope, and Love

This is the first in our summer sermon series on 1 Thessalonians – a letter written to a group of people reminding them that they are “called out from.” That’s what “church” means. It’s not a building or an institution but a group of people called out. What are they (and we) called out from […]