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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Sunday 10.29.17 (gospelink presentation)

This Sunday we’ll have guest speaker, Willie Hunter, the Gospelink representative for our area to talk about the mission of Gospelink. You can click here to go to the Gospelink website and find out more information. Then on Sunday night we’ll start a new video study: Scripture and Authority in an Age of Skepticism by David Platt. We hope to see you there!

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

Songs for Worship
You are So Good to Me
This Little Light of Mine
Send the Light
Shout to the North
Lord, Here Am I

gospelink

Sunday 10.22.17 (a loving and faithful witness)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 and how we as followers of Jesus are to have a faithful and loving witness to those around us. Then, on Sunday evening, we’ll watch the second half of the documentary on Martin Luther in honor of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Luther documentary in church auditorium

Sermon Notes
A Faithful and Loving Witness ~ 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

  • Our witness of words: Speak fearlessly of Jesus, no matter the consequences (2:1-4)
    • Be faithful, even if it brings suffering (2:1-2)
    • Remember that your first aim is to please God (2:3-4)
  • Our witness of love: Share with and invest in others like caring parents (2:5-8, 11-12)
    • We’re to be motivated by love, not pride or self-gain (2:5-6)
    • Provide in a gentle and caring way, be affectionate, and share your life (2:7-8)
    • Exhort and encourage, teaching others about righteousness and hope (2:11-12)
  • Our witness of character: Seek to be blameless in the way you live (2:9-10)
    • Put away that which offends and/or creates roadblocks to faith (2:9)
    • Put away sin and treat others in righteousness (2:10)

1 thessalonians

Songs for Worship
The Bond of Love
Here I Am to Worship
Meet with Me
Wonderful Words of life
Let Others See Jesus in You
I Surrender All

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Good Reads 10.18.17 (on church membership, work, and more!)

Here is a collection of good reads gathered from across the internet this past week. Enjoy!

On perseverance: What Should You Do When You Feel Like Quitting? by Mark Altrogge

Have you ever said something like, “I’m tired of praying and not seeing an answer. I’ve been asking God to change this situation for 15 years and nothing ever changes.” Or, “Why do I keep hoping my son will believe in Jesus? He’s never going to change.” Or, “I’m just so tired of all this conflict. I’m just so tired of trying to be a peacemaker. I’m out of here.” Or, “I’m just tired of living. I wish the Lord would just take me home.”

Like you’re just done with all of it? Like, what’s the point? I have felt like giving up many times. I’ve been discouraged and downcast. I’m sure not to the degree that many of you have been. But I’ve had my share. And the Bible says every believer will be tempted to give up. What can we do when we feel like quitting? (click here to read more)

On work: Idolatry at the Office: Confessions of a Workaholic by Kathryn Butler

More importantly, our work does not please God when we labor for people’s applause. The trappings of worldly accomplishments may swell our pride, but when we pursue them to inflate our own egos, they are like filthy rags to the one who made heaven and earth (Isaiah 64:6). Only when we abide in Christ do we accomplish anything that honors God, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). However noble our efforts may appear to the world, we labor in vain when we strive apart from God (Psalm 127:1–2). (click here to read more)

On Jesus and our sin: Six Things Christ Does With Your Sin by Jared Wilson

He Carries It.

Like the true and better scapegoat, Jesus becomes our sin-bearer.

1 Peter 2:24 – “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 – “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (click here to read more)

On being a church member: Seven Things Your Church Needs from You by Tim Challies

There is no character quality more important than humility. While humility does not come naturally to any of us, it can be learned, because here’s the thing: Humility isn’t a feeling or an attitude—it’s action. If you want to learn humility, you need to act humble. Here are 3 quick tips on becoming humble: (click here to read more)

Sunday 10.15.17 (an assured salvation)

This Sunday, we’ll continue our journey through 1 Thessalonians with a look at 1:4-10 and how we can be assured of our salvation. Then on Sunday night, we’ll watch part one of a documentary on Martin Luther for the upcoming 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Video Study in church auditorium

Sermon Notes

1 thessalonians
An Assured Salvation ~ 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10

You can be sure of your salvation because…

  • You’ve believed in Jesus through the Gospel and the Holy Spirit is using it to change you (1:4-5, 9-10)
    • The Gospel demands belief (1:4-5)
    • The Gospel’s power through the Holy Spirit results in transformation (1:5, 9-10)
  • You happily long to be like Jesus and to learn from the godly examples of other followers of Jesus (1:5-6)
    • We are to be imitators of Jesus (1:6)
    • We are to imitate those who imitate Jesus (1:5-6)
    • We imitate Jesus and others with joy, even if we face affliction and suffering (1:6)
  • Your life is a growing example of faith to those around you (1:7-10)

Songs for Worship
At Calvary
My Faith Has Found a Resting Place
Higher Ground
Change My Heart, O God
Be Glorified

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