Open Letter to a Young Church

The Loving Church

June 5, 2016

Bible Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 |

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Love is a central concept in the identity, shape and life of the Church. In this sermon we look at Paul's words about Christian love to this young congregation as we try to reconcile our own positive and negative experiences of love in the Church with the beautiful portrait of self-sacrificial community he describes.

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The Pure Church

May 29, 2016

Bible Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 |

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People think about sex a lot. There are a myriad of different opinions available in our culture about sex and sexual ethics. Ranging from complete sexual autonomy to strict, prudish views of sex, our world is replete with ideas on how best sex ought to function in society. It's often assumed that Christianity lies heavily on the strict, prudish side of that spectrum, yet when we look carefully at the apostle Paul's treatment of sexual ethics in 1 Thessalonians, a different picture emerges. Listen in as we explore the Christian sex ethic and it's implications for a young church.

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The Struggling Church

May 15, 2016

Bible Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13 |

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When 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians were beheaded by the Islamic State in February of 2015, the world came face to face with the extreme persecution of Christians. Detailed research suggests that persecution worldwide is a lot worse than we think. What do we make of persecution? How ought we to think about ourselves in relatively peaceful countries that uphold the freedom of religion? Are we being persecuted? Should we expect persecution? Listen in as we look at how the apostle Paul spoke to the Thessalonian church about the persecution they faced in the first century.

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The Bible-Driven Church

May 8, 2016

Bible Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-20 |

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If I were a skeptic being invited to consider Christianity I think the first question I'd want to have answered is: Where are you getting your information about God from? In the ancient city of Thessalonica the first Christians learnt about God from the preaching of the apostles. Today we get our information from their testimony as it's recorded in the Bible. Can we trust this testimony? Does it really tell us about God? What is the Bible exactly? Listen in as we explore these questions and more.

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The Honest Church

May 1, 2016

Bible Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-20 |

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We live in an age when integrity and authenticity are crucial cultural values. You should expect nothing less in the church. In the second chapter of Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians the apostle goes to great lengths to establish the integrity of his gospel preaching, and defend the time he spent ministering to the Thessalonians. Listen in as we look at this chapter and think about what it would mean to be an honest church.

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The Basic Church

April 24, 2016

Bible Text: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 |

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What do you absolutely have to have in order to have a church? What is a local church at the lowest common denominator? The first 10 verses of the book of 1 Thessalonians give us insight into 3 key features of an infant church that the apostle Paul planted in Thessalonica in the year A.D. 50. Listen in as we explore these 3 key features and discover what God would say to us, a young church, through this ancient letter.

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