Is Brotherly Love Evident In Us?

Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 – Paul commends the Thessalonian believers for their “brotherly love” that was so evident, he didn’t need to give them any additional instruction on it. Pastor Russ challenges us to demonstrate that kind of love in our own relationships – the kind of love Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; the […]

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Avoid Sexual Immorality

Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 – One of the first things the Apostle Paul lists as part of the process of our sanctification (v.3a) is to avoid sexual immorality.  The culture at the time Paul wrote this letter was not very different from our modern culture – sexual immorality was commonplace.  Paul calls followers of Christ […]

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God’s Will For Your Life

Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-3 – Am I in the “centre” of God’s will?  This is a question Christians often struggle with. Energy is spent challenging every decision to determine if God wants them to take this job or the other; to buy the red car or the blue one. While God is interested in our […]

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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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