Posts Tagged 'assurance'

Theory of Thanatos in Thessalonica

Theory of Thanatos in Thessalonica Sermon Audio Here

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

It seems that every time we watch the news or read the paper, we learn about some new tragedy. Death occurs with astonishing regularity, even if the circumstances surrounding it become more and more bizarre.

How Can We Respond When Faced With Death?

We Can Have Knowledge AND Hope ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

  • 13 WE GRIEVE DIFFERENTLY
  • 16 NO SECRET~ ALL WILL KNOW GOD IS AT WORK:
  • 17 WE JOIN JESUS AFTER HIS RETURN:
    • Day of the Lord order: Return of Jesus FOLLOWED by resurrection of dead in Christ FOLLOWED by our joining Christ in the clouds
  • 18 This is GOOD NEWS: we haven’t missed it!

The Thessalonians were concerned because they’d received differing accounts of Jesus’ return. Paul writes to them to set them straight… and we can be reassured as well: Jesus WILL return, and He WILL take us home: that’s all we need to know, and that’s what gives us hope!

Walking in Two Worlds: Assurance Policy

Walking in Two Worlds: Assurance Policy Sermon Audio Here


Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13

As a new believer in the early 80’s, I was challenged to join an Evangelism Explosion group at my church. It taught us the basics of how to share our faith. One of the most impactful lessons I learned in that time was the assurance of my salvation, based on 1 John 5:13. I learned that I didn’t have to hope, guess, or wonder if I was saved – I could KNOW.

How Does God Give Us Assurance?

A Promise and a Warning
Psalm 1:1-6

  • v1 Blessed if you DON’T…
  • v2 what you DO
  • v3 what you’re like
  • v4/5 Other side of the coin
  • v6 Warning: Righteous Way is Watched; Wicked Way is Botched!

A Warning and a Promise
1 John 5:9-13

  • v9 God’s testimony trumps ours
  • v10 we can’t passively ignore God; disbelief is active choice
  • v11/12 God’s facts:
  •     1) eternal life is a gift;
  •     2) gift is in the Son;
  •     3) accept gift and live;
  •     4) reject gift and we’re on our own
  • v13 No more guessing: if we have the Son, we have eternal life
  • (we’re just stuck in the temporal life for now)

2 Cor. 4:17 reminds us that our difficulties are light and momentary; they threaten to overwhelm us – but they are just temporary – keep an eye out for the eternal


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