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The LORD covers his people with favour [draft sermon notes]
Psalms 5:1-13
The LORD hears when we call to Him [draft sermon notes]
Psalms 4:1-9
The LORD of hosts is with us [draft sermon notes]
Psalms 46:1-12
By God's grace, be at peace [draft sermon notes]
1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
Be ready for Jesus' return! [draft sermon notes]
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Encourage each other with the certain hope of Jesus' return [draft sermon notes]
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Keep on loving one another [draft sermon notes]
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
Living to please God means we must pursue holiness [draft sermon notes]
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Be prepared for affliction [draft sermon outline]
1 Thessalonians 3:1-13
Paul longed to see the Thessalonians again [draft sermon notes]
1 Thessalonians 2:17-20
Confidence in God leads us to declare the gospel and share our lives [draft sermon outline]
1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
When God's people suffer joyfully, the gospel multiplies [draft sermon notes]
1 Thessalonians 1:6-10
Paul thanks God that the Thessalonian church are real Christians [draft sermon notes]
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
Celebrate the life of faith, hope and love in the gospel of Jesus Christ [draft sermon notes]
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5:28
It is good to give thanks to the LORD [draft sermon notes]
Psalms 92:1-16
Since we are alive in Christ together, live the new life together [draft sermon outline]
Colossians 3:1-17
Daniel is assured that God will fulfil all his plans and put all things right [draft sermon outline]
Daniel 12:1-13
Daniel sees a final vision of proud kings, turmoil, and suffering in times to come [draft sermon outline]
Daniel 11:1-45
Daniel is exhausted and strengthened for one more vision [draft sermon outline]
Daniel 10:1-21
Daniel's faithful prayer receives a glorious answer [draft sermon notes]
Daniel 9:1-27
Daniel sees that God is bigger than the dark days that lie ahead [draft sermon outline]
Daniel 8:1-27
God has established his eternal Kingdom in Jesus [draft sermon notes]
Daniel 7:1-28
God raises Daniel alive out of the place of death [draft sermon notes]
Daniel 6:1-29
God suddenly ends Belshazzar's life and rule, because he did not honour God [draft sermon notes]
Daniel 5:1-31
God reveals deep and hidden things [draft sermon outline]
Daniel 2:1-49
God preserves his faithful people in exile [draft sermon outline]
Daniel 1:1-21
Jesus is the resurrection and the life [draft sermon outline]
John 11:1-57
Jesus' family must show honour [draft sermon outline]
1 Timothy 5:17-6:2
Train yourself for godliness [draft sermon outline]
1 Timothy 4:6-16
Jesus has revealed the secret of godliness  [draft sermon outline]
1 Timothy 3:14-4:5
Show the gospel by serving [draft sermon outline]
1 Timothy 3:8-13
Eldership is a good work [draft sermon outline]
1 Timothy 3:1-7
Godly living celebrates the goodness of God our creator [early draft sermon notes]
1 Timothy 2:8-15
God's gospel is for everyone [draft sermon outline]
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Those who truly love the law, love the gospel [draft sermon outline]
1 Timothy 1:8-20
Keep the gospel the centre! [draft sermon outline]
1 Timothy 1:1-7
How we live in God's household (draft sermon notes)
1 Timothy 1:1-2
God's king takes away God's punishment [draft sermon notes]
2 Samuel 24:1-25
God has established an everlasting Kingdom [draft sermon notes]
2 Samuel 23:1-39
To God Be The Glory, Great Things He Has Done [draft sermon notes]
2 Samuel 21:15-22:51
God's King removes the judgement on God's people [draft sermon notes]
2 Samuel 21:1-14
God's king is rejected - again [draft sermon notes]
2 Samuel 20:1-26
The Return of the King: David returns to Jerusalem [draft sermon notes - unfinished]
2 Samuel 19:8-43
The rebel dies a rebel's death [draft sermon notes - unfinished]
2 Samuel 17:27-19:8
Absalom takes Jerusalem [draft sermon notes]
2 Samuel 16:15-17:26
Absalom rebels against David [draft sermon notes]
2 Samuel 15:1-16:14
Humble yourselves under God's mighty hand [draft sermon notes]
1 Peter 5:1-14
David is manipulated [draft sermon notes]
2 Samuel 14:1-33
David's sons abandon steadfast love [draft sermon notes]
2 Samuel 13:1-39
The LORD punishes and pardons [draft sermon notes]
2 Samuel 12:1-31
David abandons steadfast love (Bathsheba) - initial draft sermon notes
2 Samuel 11:1-27
David defeats the Ammonites (the backdrop to Bathsheba) [draft sermon notes]
2 Samuel 10:1-19
David shows the steadfast love of God [draft sermon notes]
2 Samuel 9:1-13
The LORD gave victory to David wherever he went [draft sermon notes]
2 Samuel 8:1-18
God's King is victorious [draft sermon notes]
2 Samuel 5:1-26
God's Kingdom is established - but God is in no one's debt [draft sermon notes]
2 Samuel 4:1-12
God's king begins his rule [draft sermon notes]
2 Samuel 2:1-3:1
David learns that the King is dead, and laments [draft sermon notes]
2 Samuel 1:1-27
Let all the ends of the earth worship God in Jesus! [draft sermon notes]
Psalms 67:1-7
Persisting in Evangelism, part 2 - 'Samaria' [draft sermon notes]
Colossians 4:1-6
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2 Corinthians 4:1-18
Reformation - sola gratia [draft sermon notes]
Ephesians 2:1-10
Sola Scriptura! [draft sermon notes]
2 Timothy 3:14-4:8
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Acts 28:11-31
God is our refuge and strength [draft sermon notes]
Acts 27:2-28:10
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Acts 25:13-27:1
Paul keeps testifying [draft sermon notes]
Acts 24:1-25:12
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Acts 21:27-23:35
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Acts 21:1-26
Care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood [draft sermon notes]
Acts 20:17-38
Idolatry causes a riot in Ephesus [draft sermon notes]
Acts 19:21-20:1
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Acts 18:24-19:20
By the grace of Jesus, Paul plants the gospel in Corinth and completes his second missionary journey [draft sermon notes]
Acts 18:1-23
News of Jesus' resurrection challenges, divides, and saves [draft sermon notes]
Acts 17:16-34
The gospel of the Lord Jesus takes root in Europe (draft sermon notes)
Acts 16:6-40
It's Official: God is saving people from all nations into his church through Jesus Christ alone [draft sermon notes].
Acts 15:1-16:5
Paul and Barnabus plant true worshiping communities in the nations [draft sermon notes]
Acts 14:1-28
The Lord Jesus sends Paul and Barnabus to preach and plant his gospel in the nations (draft sermon notes)
Acts 12:25-13:52
The Word of God is unstoppable (draft sermon notes)
Acts 12:1-25
Christmas Day 2016: Now we have what many longed to see (draft sermon notes)
Luke 2:22-40
God has kept his promises! (sermon notes 1.0)
Luke 1:57-80
The Lord Jesus plants a church in Antioch (draft sermon notes)
Acts 11:19-30
Jesus calls the nations into His church (draft sermon notes)
Acts 10:1-11:18
Jesus Christ heals (draft sermon notes)
Acts 9:32-43
Jesus converts Saul, who experiences opposition, suspicion, and acceptance (draft sermon notes)
Acts 9:1-31
Jesus saves a man through Scripture reading and Christian witness (draft sermon notes)
Acts 8:26-40
Jesus told the truth when He said, 'You will be my witnesses in Samaria' (sermon notes draft)
Acts 8:3-25
Jesus receives His first martyr, and the gospel is scattered outwards (draft sermon notes)
Acts 6:8-8:2
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Acts 6:1-7
Jesus empowers His church to endure opposition with joy [draft sermon notes 1.0]
Acts 5:12-42
You cannot serve God and money (draft sermon notes)
Acts 4:32-5:11
Jesus shows His power to save by healing a lame man (draft sermon notes)
Acts 3:1-26
The Spirit-filled church is devoted to Jesus, who blesses and grows His church
Acts 2:42-47
The Enthroned Jesus Delivers on God's Promise (sermon notes)
Acts 2:1-41
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Jesus' ascension guarantees the completion of God's plan
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Thank God for the faith and perseverance of his people
1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
Thank God for the faith and perseverance of his people [draft sermon notes]
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Published September 12th, 2018
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1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
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13 And j we also thank God constantly 1 for this, that when you received k the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it l not as the word of men 2 but as what it really is, the word of God, m which is at work in you believers. 14 For you, brothers, n became imitators of o the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For p you suffered the same things from your own countrymen q as they did from the Jews, 1 15 r who killed both the Lord Jesus and s the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and t oppose all mankind 16 u by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved—so as always v to fill up the measure of their sins. But w wrath has come upon them at last! 1
1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
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13 Καὶ διὰ τοῦτο καὶ ἡμεῖς εὐχαριστοῦμεν τῷ θεῷ ἀδιαλείπτως, ὅτι παραλαβόντες λόγον ἀκοῆς παρʼ ἡμῶν τοῦ θεοῦ ἐδέξασθε οὐ λόγον ἀνθρώπων ἀλλὰ καθώς ἐστιν ἀληθῶς λόγον θεοῦ, ὃς καὶ ἐνεργεῖται ἐν ὑμῖν τοῖς πιστεύουσιν. 14 Ὑμεῖς γὰρ μιμηταὶ ἐγενήθητε, ἀδελφοί, τῶν ἐκκλησιῶν τοῦ θεοῦ τῶν οὐσῶν ἐν τῇ Ἰουδαίᾳ ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ, ὅτι τὰ αὐτὰ ἐπάθετε καὶ ὑμεῖς ὑπὸ τῶν ἰδίων συμφυλετῶν καθὼς καὶ αὐτοὶ ὑπὸ τῶν Ἰουδαίων, 15 τῶν καὶ τὸν κύριον ἀποκτεινάντων Ἰησοῦν καὶ τοὺς προφήτας καὶ ἡμᾶς ἐκδιωξάντων καὶ θεῷ μὴ ἀρεσκόντων καὶ πᾶσιν ἀνθρώποις ἐναντίων, 16 κωλυόντων ἡμᾶς τοῖς ἔθνεσιν λαλῆσαι ἵνα σωθῶσιν, εἰς τὸ ἀναπληρῶσαι αὐτῶν τὰς ἁμαρτίας πάντοτε. ἔφθασεν δὲ ἐπʼ αὐτοὺς ἡ ὀργὴ εἰς τέλος.
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Thank God for the faith and perseverance of his people Introduction following from last week; how can we have this pure motive of wanting to please God? And if we do want to please God, how can that motive increase? in 2.2-12 Paul's talking about what he did, in v13-14 he's talking about what the effect actually was among them when we thank, it expands our joy. Simplest way to being truly God-centred is to train yourself for thanksgiving. 1. Thank God when his word is accepted for what it really is, v13 Another section, beginning with thanking God constantly (thanks God, not them) You accepted/welcomed/received it not as word of men but just as it truly is, the word of God which is working in you who are believing: This simplifies ministry: make the Word of God the centre, and then just see how people respond, and go from there. Gather up the true church rather than exhaust yourself trying to draw a crowd. We cannot desire to please someone whom we don't know. The gospel makes God known to us, and so we can then thank him and want to please him. 'If people have truly received Christ's forgiveness for their sins, there should well up in their hearts a feeling of gratitude for what Christ has done for them. This gratitude issues into giving of thanks, which is the origin of good motives. The proper response to receiving a gift is to thank the giver. This act of thanking is not a far cry from desiring to please the person who gave the gift, since thanksgiving is pleasing to the one being thanked. It is similar in our relationship with Christ.' Application Thankfulness vs thanklessness What do we really mean by being gospel-centred, or Word-centred? Does philosophy match doctrine? 2. Suffering faithfully is evidence of the word of God at work, v14-16 for you became imitators (that word again) - ie because they suffered. What's the proof? They persevered through suffering. cf 1 Peter 4.1 whoever has suffered in the body has finished with sin. 'when Christians understand that suffering is the "stadium" in which they run the race of faith and that God himself will provide them with the ability to complete the contest, they are motivated better to endure in the race and to thank God in the process.' cf people who think they're imitators of Paul or, say, the reformers or Athanasius or the early church but actually cherry-pick one part of their whole example. To oppose the gospel is actually to oppose the good of mankind hindering us speaking to the nations in order [for] them to be saved but 'the' wrath has arrived/preceded/anticipated upon them into/for the end (telos)/final purpose. 'To the uttermost' At various key points in the Bible story-line, those opposing God had to reach a certain stage before being ripe for judgement; filling up their sins. cf Noah. Abraham told about the Amorites Genesis 15.16 ; Daniel 8.23-25 judgement will come at the end of the age when sins have been filled up. Matthew 23.32 ; fill up the measure of their ancestors' sin. So v16 probably has the sense of Isaiah 6.9-10 and Matthew 23 . 'Always' - ie a pattern. cf Stephen's speech in Acts 7 . E.g., was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute?' Acts 7.52 'Wrath has been inaugurated as a past event, probably God's punitive hardening of Israel's hearts, resulting in Jesus' death and the subsequent persecution of his servants, the climax of the nation's sin.' Paul, and Jesus, were not anti-semitic but anti-sin. Paul writing here about particular Jews in that locality who have persecuted the gospel. We aren't to imagine a gleeful tone; the only other references in the Bible are all full of sorrow. So we should imagine Paul having to stop and weep. Application God's glory: He makes himself known to us, and his word of rescue. So that we can know him and thank him. FCF: We are thankless, and do not receive his word as what it really is. Or we don't turn to him in thanks when we hear it. Or we don't imitate his Son in persevering faith in the face of suffering. We resist his word and thus oppose the good of mankind. Person of Jesus: He suffered at the hands of the Jews, those who wouldn't receive God's word to them. Work of Jesus: In yielding himself to them in death, he opened the way for this word of God to be received by all of God's people everywhere. The death of death. Union with Jesus: In Jesus I receive the word as what it really is. Since my identity is secure in him, I can receive the words of rebuke and correction without needing to cover up a shallow false identity. I can bear suffering since I know that God is my father and holds all things in his control, and he will put things right. In his gospel word I know he is pleased with me, and so now - whatever comes - I want to live to please him. In other words, since I have the Word, I have God, and so therefore I can bear suffering in this present evil age. And so this will be a cause of thanksgiving to God. Wrap-up when we thank, it expands our joy. Simplest way to being truly God-centred is to train yourself for thanksgiving.
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