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.
Just a brief reminder that a great way to prepare for the service this coming Sunday is to read the text we will be studying together.
One of the dangers of reading the stories of those followers of Jesus that we find in the Bible is we can treat them as if they are almost super-human.
Preparing For Sunday May 12, 1 & 2 Thessalonians
This last Sunday, I preached the first of two sermons on Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians. Here was the sentence I began unpacking, which is my summary of both letters:
Martin Luther warned that the people of the church are always in danger of their hearts straying from the truth of the good news of the kingdom of God found in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
First, it is Palm Sunday. Which means it is the beginning of a week of remembering the most important events in the history of the world: the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, his last meal with his disciples, his death at the hands of sinful men as the result of a sham sentence in a kangaroo court, his burial by those who loved him, and his resurrection from the dead just three days later. All of it for the salvation and rescue of the world.
The Whole Story: Ephesians-Week Two
I attempted to show in the sermon this past Sunday that Paul offers us two anchor points for our lives, and upon which our lives depend.
Preparing For Sunday 19 May 2019
What do you think of when you see these two words together?...