This last Sunday, we made our way into Paul’s second letter to some very dear friends who made up the church he and Silas had planted in Thessalonica, a city in Greece. Prominent in our study was his discussion on Judgment Day, and how that doctrine was to function in their daily life, providing the perhaps unexpected experience of grace and peace for those suffering persecution and affliction.

The reality of a coming, final Judgment Day is quite important in our time as well. One of my favored writers posted on his site recently:

We don’t want the last judgment to stop every mouth. We don’t want the realities of the last judgment to stop our mouths. We are modern men [and women] and want the doctrine of the last judgment to give us an opportunity to run our mouths.
(Douglas Wilson, on
Blog and Mablog: Theology That Bites Back)


So, in a time when our culture doesn’t like the idea of anyone judging what they do, and the decisions they make on how to live their lives, comes this timely letter from Paul, in which he runs his mouth a bit on the last judgment.

I invite you now to watch or listen to my sermon from 2 Thessalonians. And if you’d like some additional resources on this book, head on over to the Bible Project page for this part of the Whole Story.

May God use his Word to inspire you to help just one other person move one step closer to Jesus.


Pastor Matthew

Matthew Molesky

Preaching and Teaching Pastor

Pastor Matthew absolutely loves the Bible, preaching Jesus from all the Scriptures, serving as our resident theologian through his writing and teaching, developing and empowering leaders, setting the direction and values of our church culture with our leadership team, and loving and shepherding the people of Calvary and the St. Cloud metropolitan area. He also enjoys reading, running, biking, hanging out with others over a good meal, and watching movies. Matthew and his wife, Susan, live in St. Cloud and have four children, two of them married and living in Southern Minnesota.