Date: October 10, 1999
Series: The 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ
Speaker: Ron R. Ritchie
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Our Salvation in God should be Firm
Our Faith in Christ should be Increasing
Our Love towards one another should be Growing
Our Courage during persecution should be Enduring
Paul, Silas and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: 2.Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3.We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. 4. Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. (2 Thes. 1:1-4)
Context: In 51 and 52 AD, Paul, Silas, Timothy and Dr. Luke were ministering in what we now call the second missionary journey (recorded in Acts 16-18) Their journey began in the northern city of Philippi, in Macedonia, Greece. It was in that city that the Apostle and his team met Lydia and her family before they were arrested and beaten for healing a demon possessed women. They ended up in prison, but were set free by a warden who accepted the Lord Jesus as his savior after a horrible earthquake. Paul left Timothy and Luke in the city and headed 140 miles southwest with Silas to the port city of Thessalonica. The city was located on an ancient highway in an area extending from Rome through the port to points east, called the "lap of the Roman Empire." The full history of Paul's visited to Thessalonia is recorded by Dr. Luke in Acts 17:1-15. After a very short stay the apostle left Silas to continue to minister to the new believers and he headed south to Athens. Paul then met his team again in the city of Corinth where they established a church during some 18 months of ministry.
While they were in Corinth, Paul wrote two letters to the Thessalonians. In his first letter (1) he set out the motives behind his ministry; (2) he shed light on the 2nd coming of Christ; (3) and he encouraged their spiritual walk. In his second letter written a few months later, (1) he expressed his delight at their spiritual growth; (2) he sought to clear up their misunderstanding concerning the "day of the Lord" and (3) he admonished those who refused to work because they thought Christ's return was imminent.
Key Verses: (1 Thess. 4:16-18, 2 Thess. 2:1-2)
We are living in the age of the Spirit, the Church age, which began at the day of Pentecost (33 AD) and will continue until Jesus Christ returns for His bride. How should we be found living in the light of Christ coming for his bride? (The Church, made up of believers from every generation, every race and tribe. Matthew 25:1-13, Ephesians 5:21-31, Revelation 19:7-9)
1.Our salvation in God should be firm
1. Do you really believe, based on the words of our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his apostles, that He is coming again to this earth in power, glory and justice?
2. How does the reality of the 2nd Coming of the Lord Jesus effect your current life-style, as well as your relationship with your family, friends, neighbors, and co- workers?
3. Could your best friends say that in light of the reality of the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ, your salvation in God is firm, your faith in Christ is increasing, your love for your brothers and sisters is growing and your courage in the midst of persecution is enduring?