The early church turned the world upside down by serving another King: Jesus. This series follows Paul, his team and the Holy Spirit as a young church in Thessalonica was built upon solid Gospel foundations. Like them, we pray to see the transformation of hearts, homes, neighborhoods and nations.
1 Thessalonians: Big Picture
This teaching sets the stage for our eight month series on 1 Thessalonians exploring the context and big picture themes of the letter.Download
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10: The Gospel Sounds Forth in Family
In the opening chapter of 1 Thessalonians Paul describes the sound of God's family found in the Gospel, ringing out across the world. The gospel comes in word, power and deep conviction, producing faith, hope and love that are irresistible: bring home, make beautiful.Download
1 Thessalonians 2:1-7: Apocalyptic Joy
We live in a culture permeated with apocalyptic gloom. How do we live with apocalyptic joy in the midst of this milieu, offering real solutions? 1 Thessalonians is all about activating joy through the Holy Spirit in trials, leading in the way of Jesus with a childlike hope, faith and adoptive love.Download
1 Thessalonians 2:8-12: Love Shares Life
Together we ask, "What does it look like to love so deeply that we share our very lives?" That was the fatherly model of Paul and the team and the culture that we dream of for the church today.Download
2 Thessalonians 2:13-16: A Word-Centered People
The Thessalonians heard Paul’s word and received it as God’s Word. This passage challenges us to consider what we DO with the Word of God. When we hear God's Word, do we receive it, accept it and put it to work in our lives?Download
1 Thessalonians 2:17-20: Are you in...or are you IN?
Everyone seeks the good life, atheist and believer alike. But the world's definition of fullness differs radically from the one Paul outlines in 1 Thessalonians. His version is rooted in a glory that centers on people maturing, not things accumulating; on the age to come, and not on a resume.Download