Happy 7th Birthday Trinity Church!
-COMPLETION: 1st appears in days Creation
-CELEBRATION: Enjoying God & grace (weddings, babies, baptisms, parties)
1. Thank God (“unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.”
2. Thank our Overseer Pastors
3. Thank Family
1st baptism/spouses/wedding/grandkids/serving = 4 gen’s (welcome to church family)
4. Thank church family (staff & volunteers)
5. Thank Real Faith ext. family– thank you for helping launch Trinity Church!
QR Code for 1 Thessalonians Study Guide (PRAY)
More Thanking. Less Griping. 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Thank you for loving your leaders despite the drama!
1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace. 2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, 3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Single headship, plural leadership – God; Paul (tip spear) – Silvanus/Silas – Timothy
· Thessalonica – ancient Roman city; intersection 2 hwys; port Aegean sea (PHX)
· Church – “ekklesia” = gathering/assembly – God’s Family Meeting (letter read)
Church =Word =World. (Worldly people have everywhere else)
· Plant – Acts 17:1-10 Paul preached @ synagogue REVIVAL then RIOT
Letter – Paul fled. Hostage Situation GOVT – XN’s – PAUL = DOUBLE BIND (later beheaded)
Cancel culture is a spirit in every generation (only Paul anointed)
1& 5 stars Grace =queen. Me =drama queen. “How come your pastor doesn’t get in trouble?
Thank you for loving each other and being a healthy church family!
1 Thessalonians 1:4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.
1. XN’s: “loved by God…he has chosen you” = Father adopts child
2. XN Ch’s: Pastoring church = parenting child (Gal. older bro; 1-2 Cor younger bro)
= BLESSING hope/encouragement/gratitude = answers not rebukes
CHURCHES: 1. Word (Jeopardy) 2. Spirit (drunk aerobics) 3. BOTH – Sail/Rudder
=PROPHETIC WORD FOR THIS YEAR!
Thank you for returning to joy!
1 Thessalonians 1:5 You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.
“Affliction” – 1). Satan/demons 2). Religions 3). Apostates 4). Gov’t 5). World 6). Press
Affliction – 2 choices 1). Fear bonds (dysregulated) 2. Joy bonds (regulated)
Heb 12:2 for the joy that was set before him endured the cross…
- Affliction (around) vs Joy (in)
= Get through affliction, regulate, return to joy = laughter, generosity, parties
Thank you for helping get Bible teaching to the world!
1 Thessalonians 1:8 For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything.
(explain Real Faith)
So far in 2023
Social media impressions/views across all platforms is up 770%, reaching 270 million
New social media followers are up over 1.5 million
The goal is to have the Bible teaching reach surpass 1 billion a year
=Ukrainian Testimony Mom & 10 yo daughter. Dad in Ukraine. Felt call baptism
Thank you for living like Jesus is Coming!
1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
= Say “NO” to get to “YES”
NO – idols
A. Everyone =worshipper (sacrifice/priority/center/motivation ?happy?sad?angry?hope)
B. Idolatry =anything that become a god thing (demons work thru people/places/things)
C. Creator vs creation (Rom. 1)
Worship: means vs ends
-INFLUENCE/POWER: Isis (Egyptian goddess)
-ENVIRONMENTALISM: Zeus (earth)
=NEW DAYS OLD DEMONS
YES – Jesus
“the Lord Jesus Christ”; “Son from heaven” “raised from the dead” “delivers us from the wrath to come”
Wrath – perfectly just punishment in anger = you picked a war w/God & He declares war you
#1. Biggest problem – YOUR SIN AGAINST A HOLY GOD PROVOKES HIS WRATH
=600+X 20 words – 1. God is holy 2. You are sinful 3. God hates sin & His anger burns
2 Options: John 3:36 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”
-Option 1: You live “storing up wrath for yourself” (Rom. 2:5), hell to pay (FIREWALL)
-Option 2: Jesus endured God’s wrath for you on cross
- Jesus is alive now
- 1 Thess. 1:10 “Jesus…delivers us from the wrath to come”
Wrath-Grace; Damnation-Salvation; Hell-Heaven; Sickness-Health; Dying-Living; Fear-Joy