The Model of Loving One Another

Text:  1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13 – Paul was excited about the spiritual growth of the Thessalonian believers  Their faith and love for each other was commendable.  Paul modelled that love in the way he, himself, made sacrifices for the sake of the believers in Thessalonica.  Pastor Russ highlights those examples of love demonstrated by the Apostle Paul […]

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Embrace God’s Word

Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16 – Paul continued to express his thankfulness for the Thessalonian believers.  In this passage he commends their response to God’s Word.  They not only heard it and received it, they embraced it — it transformed their lives – and they allowed it too work in them to produce a radical commitment […]

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Class Will Show (Paul Defends His Ministry)

Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 – Paul faced significant opposition and persecution in his ministry to the Thessalonians.  Yet he remained humble in his response while remaining firm and faithful to the truth – he let his class show.  Pastor Russ challenges us to also let our “class show” through our words, our warmth, our works […]

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In this first series, we return to the basics. Following world-renowned preacher, John Stott’s book, Basic Christianity as a guide, we will embark on a compelling study that first defends the basic claims of Christianity and then defines the proper outworkings of those main beliefs in the daily lives of believers. This study is called […]

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Teaching Our Children To Defend Their Faith

Text: Deuteronomy 6:1-7 – In this message, one of the men of Grace Church, Sean Rodgers, shares his testimony about becoming an atheist in his teen years because he didn’t see Christianity authenticated in the lives of people around him.  Fortunately, he became a follower of Christ later in life. He challenged parents to teach their children […]

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Follow Their Example

Text: 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 – Paul opens his letter to the Thessalonian believers with thanksgiving for their faith. As 21st century believers, we have much to learn from this 1st century church.  Pastors Russ outlines the things Paul is thankful for regarding the Christians in Thessalonica, and then teaches us to be imitators of them […]

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Text: Acts 17:1-9 — Pastor Russ starts a new sermon series in the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians.  He begins this series with the historical context of the first letter, sharing the history of Paul’s second missionary journey and how the church in Thessalonica was established.  Paul wrote to the young believers there facing persecution in order to strengthen […]

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