Tomorrowland :: Embracing the Tension
October 25, 2020 • Jason Smith
TRUTH: Working hands and minds have less time for worry and fear 1. Idleness is contagious 2 Thessalonians 3:6 :: In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. 2. There is always more to be done 2 Thessalonians 3:8 :: nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 3. People are watching 2 Thessalonians 3:9 :: We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 4. Be busy in the right work 2 Thessalonians 3:11 :: We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 5. Play the long game 2 Thessalonians 3:13 :: And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good. 6. Peace will have victory over fear 2 Thessalonians 3:16 :: Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
Tomorrowland :: Good News, Bad News
October 11, 2020 • Jason Smith
TRUTH: The future promises good news and bad news… but it is your choice The good news about the bad news is… 1. Your affliction proves you are worthy of the gospel 2 Thessalonians 1:5 :: This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering 2. Your adversary will get what they deserve 2 Thessalonians 1:6 :: since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you 3. Your weariness will be replaced with rest 2 Thessalonians 1:7 :: and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels
Tomorrowland :: While We Wait…
October 4, 2020 • Jason Smith
TRUTH: Our future is secured by God’s faithfulness and our perseverance! 1. Honor leaders who help us persevere! 1 Thessalonians 5:12 :: We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you 2. Help those who are struggling to persevere! 1 Thessalonians 5:14 :: And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 3. Work with God as you strive to persevere! 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 :: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 4. Rest in God’s ability to make it happen! 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 :: Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
Tomorrowland :: Prepared!
September 27, 2020 • Jason Smith
TRUTH: In preparing for Jesus return, we should focus on being watchful and calm 1. We may not know when, but we know how He will come 1 Thessalonians 5:2 :: For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 2. We may not know when, but we know who He will gather 1 Thessalonians 5:5 :: For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 3. We may not know when, but we know what is ahead 1 Thessalonians 5:9 :: For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ
Tomorrowland :: A Known Future!
September 20, 2020 • Jason Smith
TRUTH: Encouragement comes by being biblically informed about the future coming of Jesus 1. Death for the believer is like sleep 1 Thessalonians 4:13 :: But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 2. Your loved one who has died in Christ will be raised 1 Thessalonians 4:15 :: For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 3. When Jesus returns, we will never leave His presence again 1 Thessalonians 4:17 :: Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
Tomorrowland :: Focus on the Good News
September 13, 2020 • Jason Smith
TRUTH: The Good News of Jesus compels us to focus on its future reward The Gospel… 1. Is greater than the present conflict! 1 Thessalonians 2:2 :: But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict. 2. Is more important than our own pleasure! 1 Thessalonians 2:4 :: but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. 3. Unites lives! 1 Thessalonians 2:8 :: So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. 4. Moves us to holy living! 1 Thessalonians 2:10 :: You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. 5. Leads us toward heaven! 1 Thessalonians 2:12 :: we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
Tomorrowland :: Faith is the Foundation
September 6, 2020 • Jason Smith
TRUTH: Our measure of faith today speaks to our ability to face the future 1. Faith has it’s source in God 1 Thessalonians 1:2 :: We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers 2. Faith finds it’s increase in action 1 Thessalonians 1:3 :: remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 3. Faith is made known through trial 1 Thessalonians 1:6 :: And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit 4. Faith is contagious 1 Thessalonians 1:8 :: For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. 5. Faith is life-changing 1 Thessalonians 1:9 :: For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God 6. Faith is focused on the future 1 Thessalonians 1:10 :: and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.