Last Things First
A Study on 1 Thessalonians
Return of the King
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 • May 13, 2018 • Kurt Pressler
I was driving around Richardson a couple of weeks ago and, when I came to a red light, I saw this guy holding a sign. “Repent, Repent. People get ready. Jesus is coming!” What do we think when we see someone holding up that type of sign? What do we do when we see a sign like that? Is there any merit to what he’s trying to say? We may be inclined to dismiss him or question his theology. But one thing we can’t escape is that what he says on his sign is true. Jesus is coming back, and we should be prepared.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 • May 6, 2018 • Gary Brandenburg
A promise is a powerful thing. A promise enables us to reach out into an uncertain future and lay hold of something certain. 1 Thes. 4:13-18 provides us with some promises we can hold onto as we live out our lives between Good Friday and Easter.
Work in Progress
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 • April 29, 2018 • Kurt Pressler
If Timothy observed your life, what would he report? Where would he make note of the good news of your faith and love? Where might he note areas of your life where you struggle to live in accordance with God’s Word and will? The Christian life is an opportunity to make an impact for the Kingdom of God. But if that life is lived contrary God’s will, it will be rendered ineffective for his Kingdom. The longer we know God, the more we should be like him, and the greater our impact should be.
The Reciprocity of Love
1 Thessalonians 3 • April 22, 2018 • Kurt Pressler
We are in a series on the book of 1 Thessalonians, a letter written by the Apostle Paul to encourage and instruct a young church how to live faithfully and lovingly in light of Christ’s return. The message of the letter is not intended to create fear that we’re going to be busted for not doing what we should be doing when he returns, nor is it a warning that, should Jesus find us misbehaving when he comes back, we risk being left behind. It is a message, though, about how the certain hope of the future return of Jesus should motivate us to get moving being about the business of God.
Paul, Pastor of Pediatrics
1 Thessalonians 2 • April 15, 2018 • Gary Brandenburg
There is no assignment that is more difficult than loving broken people. Particularly when you number yourself among them. But that's the only kind of people there are. So, think about those you have been assigned to love. Ask God to purify your heart so that your actions stem from proper motives. Then ask God to show you how to balance love and truth.
Faith, Hope, and Love
1 Thessalonians 1:1-3 • April 8, 2018 • Gary Brandenburg
Today we begin a new series of messages from the book of 1 Thessalonians called "Last Things First." Every one of the five chapters in this letter written by the apostle Paul ends with a statement about Jesus' second coming. But it wasn't written to give details about the end times. It was written to encourage and instruct a young church about how to live in light of His coming.