Sunday 12.17.17 (a life of faith, love, and hope)

This week, we’ll finish up our Faith. Love. Hope. series through 1 Thessalonians by taking a look at 5:12-28 where we will see Paul’s summary of a life of faith, love, and hope. Then tonight we’ll continue our video study by David Platt on Scripture and Authority in an Age of Skepticism. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 ~ Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 ~ Worship Gathering
@6pm ~ Video Study in youth room

Sermon Notes
A Life of Faith, Love, and Hope ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

  • Love and show care toward your spiritual leaders (5:12-13)
  • Love God and others with a vibrant faith (5:14-24)
  • Fellowship with your spiritual family (5:25-27)
  • You do this all because of grace (5:28)

1 thessalonians

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Songs for Worship
Angels from the Realms of Glory
Give Thanks to God
Emmanuel
Grace Alone
Speak, O Lord
Rejoice, the Lord is King

Sunday 12.10.17 (expectant hope)

This morning, we’ll take a look at 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 and consider how we are to live with expectant hope in light of the return of Jesus. Morning service will be followed by our Widows/Widowers Christmas Dinner, hosted by the Deacons; and then this evening at 6pm we will have our Children’s Christmas Program. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@Noon Widows/Widowers Christmas Dinner
@6pm Children’s Christmas Program, followed by cookies and treats

Sermon Notes
Expectant Hope ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

  • Long for your hope to manifest when the dawn of eternity arrives (5:1-4)
  • Live boldly in hopeful faith (5:5-8)
  • Encourage one another with your hope (5:9-11)

Recent sermons in this series are available to listen to on our Sermon Page.

1 thessalonians

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Songs for Worship
Joy Has Dawned (listen to a version of this song on YouTube)
Angels We Have Heard on High
‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It

Sunday 12.03.17 (good grief)

This Sunday we’ll conclude 1 Thessalonians 4 with verses 13-18 and consider how we can face death and grief with hope because of the resurrection of Jesus. Then on Sunday night we’ll continue our video study on Scripture and Authority in the Age of Skepticism while the children have dress rehearsal for their upcoming Christmas program. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Dress Rehearsal for Children’s Christmas Program in auditorium
@6pm Scripture video study in youth room

Sermon Notes
Good Grief ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

  • žWe all will face death, but as Christians we can face death with hope (4:13)
  • žWe build hope in the face of death by remembering the resurrection of Jesus (4:14)
  • žWe build hope in the face of death by looking forward to our resurrection through Jesus (4:14-17)
  • žIn the face of death, these truths allow us to grieve with great hope and to encourage one another (4:13, 18)

Songs for Worship
From the Rising of the Sun
Because He Lives
The Solid Rock
Joy to the World
I Can Only Imagine

Sunday 11.26.17 (love others)

This Sunday, we’ll take a look at 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 on the topic of loving others. We hope to see you there! As we wrap up the holiday weekend, there will be no study on Sunday night.

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering

Sermon Notes
Love Others ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

  • Love is to be the centerpiece of the Christian life (4:9-10)
  • Loving others, we should grow to love others even more (4:10-12)
    • Spend time finding more ways to love others (4:10)
    • Seek to be a positive influence, not a negative nuisance (4:11)
    • Work hard, as able, to support yourself and not drain others (4:11-12)

1 thessalonians

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Sunday 11.19.17 (pursue holiness)

This morning, we’ll take a look at what it means to pursue holiness from 1 Thessalonians 4. Then on Sunday night at 7pm, we’ll gather with other Adrian churches at Victory Assembly of God for our annual Ministerial Alliance Thanksgiving Service. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Children’s Christmas Program Practice in auditorium
@7pm Ministerial Alliance Thanksgiving Service at Victory Assembly of God

Sermon Notes
Pursue Holiness ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

  • Pursue Holiness (4:1-3)
    • Because it is how we ought to live (4:1-2)
    • Because it is God’s will for you (4:3)
  • A specific example by Paul: Pursue holiness in your sexuality (4:3-8)
    • Stay away from sexual immorality (4:3, 5-6)
      • Sexual expression outside of God’s design
      • Involves untamed desires (4:5) and/or wronging others (4:6)
    • Pursue Purity and innocence (4:4, 7)
      • Sexual expression according to God’s design: a husband and wife bringing happiness and joy to one another in an intimate bond of mutual love (Genesis 2:18-25, Proverbs 5:15-19, 1 Corinthians 7)
      • Marked by self control and honor (4:4, 7)
    • Don’t disregard scripture’s teaching on this (4:6, 8)

1 thessalonians

Songs for Worship
Higher Ground
Take My Life and Let it Be
Sanctuary
Refiners Fire
Set My Soul Afire
I Am Thine, O Lord

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Sunday 11.12.17 (mutual encouragement)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13 and how a church and its leaders are meant to mutually encourage one another in their faith. Then stick around and join us for our annual Thanksgiving dinner following morning worship. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@Noon Thanksgiving Dinner
@6pm Scripture and Authority video study

Sermon Notes
Mutual Encouragement ~ 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13

  • Encourage your church leaders by being a cause of joy for them (3:6-9)
    • Churches should bring joy to their leaders, and that is a great advantage for you (3:9)
    • Ways to cause joy include:
      • Be committed to your faith in Jesus (3:6-8)
      • Be devoted to loving others (3:6)
      • Be eager for fellowship—the sharing of your life with others (3:6)
  • Be encouraged by your leaders’ care for you (3:10-13)
    • Leaders show their care as they:
    • Pray for you (3:10-13)
    • Help you grow in your faith (3:10)
    • Fellowship with you (3:10-11)

1 thessalonians

Songs for Worship
This is the Day
Step by Step
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
In Christ Alone
Brethren, We Have Met to Worship

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Sunday 11.05.17 (faithful in suffering)

This Sunday, we’ll continue our journey through 1 Thessalonians, taking a look at 2:13-3:5 and seeing what it means to be faithful to Jesus even in the midst of suffering. Then on Sunday night, we’ll be in our video series: Scripture and Authority in the Age of Skepticism. Also remember to “fall back” by setting your clocks back one hour before bed! We hope to see you on Sunday!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm “Scripture and Authority” study

Sermon Notes
Faithful in Suffering ~ 1 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5

  • When we receive God’s word in faith, it changes us (2:13-14)
    • Faith receives God’s word as God’s word (2:13)
    • Receiving God’s word in faith leads us to imitate Jesus and imitate other faithful Christians (2:14, 1:6)
    • But this change can bring about suffering (2:14)
    • Therefore:
  • Be ready when suffering comes (2:14-20)
    • We all face various forms of suffering (James 1:2), including:
    • Persecution (2:14-16)
    • Separation from those we love and care about (2:17-20)
    • Satanic attacks (2:18)
    • Other forms such as health issues, depression and anxiety, issues with family, work, school, etc.
  • When suffering comes, face it with faith (3:1-5)
    • When faced with the darkness of suffering, we need to be reminded of the light of hope in the gospel (3:1-3)
    • When faced with the darkness of suffering, we need to remember that suffering is not out of the ordinary (3:3-4)
    • When faced with the darkness of suffering, we need to find encouragement through others (3:5, in light of 2:19-20 & 3:6)

1 thessalonians

Songs for Worship
He Leadeth Me (what a version on YouTube here)
We Are Called to be God’s People
Ancient Words (watch a version on YouTube here)
By Faith (watch a version on YouTube here)
In Times Like These

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