2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 “Prayer and our Sanctification”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, May 24th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help you follow the sermon as we walk through the Word each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:45 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistavonpark/  We also provide the services through our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net

2 Thessalonians 1:11–12

INTRO:

From the previous verses (5-10) we learned about living in the NOW as we anticipate the NOT YET.  Suffering and affliction are part of the Christian life because the righteous judgment of God is preparing us for our ultimate HOPE in glory.  In vv. 11-12 we see Paul praying for the church as they live in the NOW.  Not only was this prayer for the Church in Thessalonica, but also a prayer that needs to be lifted up and grasped as the church today.

To this end we always pray for you– v. 11a

  • Because of vv. 5-10 and the hope they have now and to come (because of who they are in Christ)
  • We have a great example of praying for the right things with the right motive
  • Paul is praying for their present walk/life with Christ.  Their Sanctification.
  • Always –Not a routine but a way of life
    • Paul understood the need for intercession because of the DAY IN WHICH THEY/WE Live Not easy but fulfilling.  Not always happy but full of joy.  Suffering yet peace.

Our God may make you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power – v. 11b

Our God.  His Calling. His Power

  • Personal
  • His means
  • What God has started… He will bring to completion.

Philippians 1:3–6 – [3] I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, [4] always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, [5] because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. [6] And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Make You (utilize for conclusion)

  • Each one of us.
  • No special call for a few (we all are the elect in Christ)

Worthy of His calling

We are WORTHY because of the imputed Righteousness of Christ

2 Corinthians 5:20–21 – [20] Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. [21] For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Yet, we are to MATURE IN OUR WORTHINESS

His Calling – Paul is praying our life would be worthy of the EFFECTUAL CALL / SAVING CALL OF GOD.

Eph 4:1-3 [1] I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, [2] with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, [3] eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

1 Phil. 1:27 – Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel

1 Corinthians 3:10–15 – [10] According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. [11] For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. [12] Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—[13] each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. [14] If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. [15] If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire

Fulfill every resolve for good and work of faith by His power

PRAYING FOR A DESIRE THAT PRODUCES GOODNESS

Fulfill

  • Complete, accomplish

Resolve for good

  • Desire
  • Their longings for living and doing that which is good and righteous.

Psalm 20:4 – May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans! (ESV)

Psalm 37:4 – Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (ESV)

God enables us to DESIRE TO DO GOOD WORKS PRODUCED BY FAITH.

  • We trust (Faith) then we do.

Work of faith

  • We are saved by Grace and Faith ALONE.
  • But truing saving faith is made known by the WORKS OF THE FAITH.
  • James 2:14-26 – Faith and Works

OUR DOING BECAUSE OF OUR BELIEVING/OUR KNOWING

By His Power

  • Power to do
  • The means of His power is manifested and made complete…BY The Word – The Spirit – Trails

so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you,and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. – v. 12

SO THAT –The reason for the request v. 11.

THE INTENDED PURPOSE OF THIS PRAYER IS NOT

  • Our happiness
  • Our success
  • Our future

THE INTENDED PURPOSE IS

For the name of the Lord Jesus to be glorified in you and you in Him

NOTICE

  • Jesus is Glorified
  • The Church is Glorified (His people)

Demonstrating to the world what the person and work of Christ is like so that He comes to be held in great honor and esteem because of who H is and all He has accomplished and will accomplish.” (J. Hampton Keathley bible.org. 2 Thes. Exe & Dev. Comm)

Colossians 3:1–4 – [1] If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. [2] Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. [3] For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. [4] When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (ESV)

Ephesians 2:6-7 – [4] But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, [5] even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—[6] and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, [7] so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

According to the Grace of God and our Lord Jesus Christ

  • God’s Grace
  • Christ’s Provision
  • Our Faith

CONCLUSION

Make You – v. 11b

YOU

  • Do you know?
  • Have you received?
  • Have you acknowledged?
  • Have you trusted?
  • Are you loving?
  • Are you living?

Wed. Bible Study “Being a Healthy and Holy Church”

First, let us consider Who we are as THE CHURCH

We are the People of God

1 Peter 2:9–10 – [9] But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. [10] Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (ESV)

We are the Body of Christ

Ephesians 1:22–23 – [22] And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, [23] which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (ESV)

1 Cor. 12 – THE BODY, THE BODY. v. 13 – For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. (ESV)

Ephesians 4:11–12 – [11] And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, [12] to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, (ESV)

We are the Temple of the Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 3:16–17 – [16] Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? [17] If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. (ESV)

Second, Let me share what Have I learned from this study

  1. Not all churches are the same. (Some are Good and Some are Bad…The Bible is the standard that determines which)
  2. God has not called me to worry about all churches.
  3. God has called me to worry about the church God has called me to shepherd..
  4. It is easy to get sidetracked on what God has called us to do as His church.

Third, what we do as a church really matters.

(What we should have learned from out study about being an healthy and holy church)

  1. Preaching. Praying, Personal Relationships, and Patience is a where we need to start.
  2. Getting the Gospel right is vital if true conversion is going to take place.
  3. Meaningful Membership sets the tone and is the mechanism for how we come together and function as His Church.
    • Church Discipline
    • God Centered Worship
    • The role of biblical leadership
    • The priority of our gatherings
    • The importance of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
    • The centrality of loving each other.

2 Thessalonians 1:5-10 – “The Righteous Judgment of God”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, May 17th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help you follow the sermon as we walk through the Word each week.

2 Thessalonians 1:5-10

The Righteous Judgment of God

Intro

This paragraph continues the thought of vv. 3-4.  As the early church was growing and maturing, they we under persecution and affliction AND WERE ENDURING.  Keeping on in our walk with Christ is part of the Life of a Believer/Follower of Christ.

This section builds upon that and gives reason and hope of why and how we can continue to endure.  BECAUSE OF THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT OF GOD IN THE NOW AND NOT YET.

This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God,

Judgment

  • The act of judging, or deciding,
  • A legal decision order, decree, or sentence given by a judge or a law court,
  • The ability to come to opinions about things,
  • The power of comparing and deciding.

The Basis of God’s judgment (what makes it righteous)

  • God is Holy
  • God is Right
  • God is to be Feared

Psalm 9:7–8

              [7] But the LORD sits enthroned forever;

                             he has established his throne for justice,

              [8] and he judges the world with righteousness;

                             he judges the peoples with uprightness. (ESV)

God’s acting and deciding on the basis of absolute truth and love that is always fair and without partiality

The situation at hand – v. 5

The NOW

That you may be considered worthy of the Kingdom of God

True believers must and can endure suffering so that we may be considered worthy to share in the sufferings of Christ and reign with Him in the Kingdom of God.

  • Rev. 2:26, 3:21, 2 Tim. 2:8-13

We ARE worthy (proving) of the Kingdom… when we live like Christ (and live like the disciples of Christ).  He was the perfect example.

  • His Kingdom is NARROW, SUFFERING
  • Our Kingdom (Satan’s whispers in our ear) BROAD, NO SUFFERING

For which you are suffering

Believers will suffer (Consider vv. 1:3-4 to determine a believer)

(in God’s providence we must)

  • Expect it
  • Live through it
  • Learn from it.
    • Purify us
    • Perfecting us


The judgment to come – vv. 6-7a

The NOT YET

[6] since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, [7] and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us,

Repay with affliction (Sermon…PAYDAY SOME DAY)

  • Give back as an equivalent
  • Those who bear the fruit of unrighteous (afflict those of truth/church/God’s people)

Grant relief

  • Those who bear the fruit of righteousness (Embraces of the truth, the church/God’s people)

The time of God’s judgment – v. 7b-8b

when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels [8] in flaming fire,

When the Lord Jesus is revealed

  • From heaven – seated at the throne of God. Rev. 3:21
  • With HIS mighty angels
  • In flaming fire – Purging and Purifying.

At His first coming His deity was hidden except for a few.

At His second coming His deity will be obvious to all.

The execution of God’s judgment – vv. 8b-10

inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. [9] They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, [10] when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.

Inflicting vengeance on those

  • Who do not know God (their mind/heart)
  • Who do not obey the Gospel (their life)

They will suffer

  • Eternal destruction
  • From the presence of the Lord and His glory of His might

Glorified and Marveled at all who believed

  • At the second coming.  (Who believed.  I will too late…)
  • Our testimony to you was believed
    • At that time Paul is reminding them they will receive the ultimate rest and relief because THEY BELIEVED THE GOSPEL THEY PREACHED.

Scripture:

2 Thessalonians 1:5–12

This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering—[6] since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, [7] and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels [8] in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. [9] They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, [10] when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. [11] To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, [12] so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (ESV)

Regathering this Sunday, May 17th at 10:45

Phase 1 of Regathering for FBCAP

May 17 @ 10:45

DURING PHASE 1 WE ARE ENCOURAGING ALL VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS to continue to shelter in place.

VULNERABLE POPULATIONS (from the White House Coronavirus Task Force)

  • Elderly individuals
  • Individuals with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune systems are compromised (such as by chemotherapy or cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy).

Sunday Morning Worship Services Only

We are stressing 6-foot Social Distancing for the entire time you are on the campus.

  • You can enter through the Mall Area or from the two side entrances of the main sanctuary entry way. Once you enter the campus we will have signs and greeters to assist.
  • Every other pew will be open and you must practice 6 foot social distancing as you sit during worship.  We will have our deacons help as you enter the sanctuary.
  • We will be setting up family tables in the Fellowship Hall with a live stream of the service.  This is an option for the families with small children that may not feel as comfortable in the sanctuary. We realize the little ones may not be ready to sit in “big church” so this is an option to consider.
  • We will not be passing an offering plate, but you will have the opportunity to give as part of your Sunday of worship.
  • Hand Sanitizer is available, and we are conducting a detailed cleaning before and after each service.
  • Masks are not mandatory, but you are more than welcome to wear one.

Wed Bible Study – “Music and our Worship”

Video will stream live on Facebook at 12:15 on Wed. May 13th.

Chapter 12 – Deliberate Church

Our Music

Intro Thoughts:

Music is great.  Music stirs the soul.  Most people love music.

What part does music play in a biblical worship service?

How important is our music when we gather for worship?

Where do we draw the line from the World and the Body of Christ?

Let’s consider a few things

Worship is not just something that WE DO once a week.

  • Our life as a follower of Jesus Christ is a TOTAL LIFE of worship

Romans 12:1–2 – [1] I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. [2] Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (ESV)

1 Corinthians 10:31 – So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (ESV)

Colossians 3:17 – And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (ESV)

When we consider a “worship service” we must understand that it is a corporate gathering.

  • Corporate – Something done as a united group – dictionary.com
  • As the Family of God.
    • It is easy to fall on the slippery slope of church being something you attend to receive only.
      • Nashville Church example (country singers leading worship/and specials)
    • IT IS SOMETHING WE DO TOGETHER.

Music/Singing is a part of the “worship service”

  • When we discuss “music” we often think that the music/singing is the worship part of the service… then we have preaching. (both are part of worship.  WE SHOULD LOVE BOTH!!!!!!!)

THEREFORE:

  • MY ENTIRE LIFE IS AN ACT OF WORSHIP
    • To worship the Lord is to live a life of total-life worship.
  • A SUBSET OF TOTAL-LIFE WORSHIP IS CORPORATE WORSHIP
    • Is coming together as a family of believers and worshiping together.
  • A SUBSET OF CORPORATE WORSHIP IS OUR MUSIC
    • Singing together – This is being overlooked often in our current culture. (more about a presentation than a gathering of people)

The object of our Corporate Worship service is God.

  • Our services are not about US… they are about God.
    • People tend to seek out services  that WE LIKE.  MEET OUR NEEDS.
  • Lost people cannot worship God, so our services should be designed for believers.
    • This goes against the “church growth movement”
    • Obviously, we need to consider the unbeliever as we think about doing church, but we do not plan our worship services for the LOST PERSON’S EXPECTATIONS.
  • No person or group should be the center of our worship service.
    • Not the Worship Leader (today they are considered crucial)
    • Not the Praise Team (the trend today is to stress performance and ability)
    • Not the choir (growing up the anthems and specials where the highlight of worship services)
    • Not the Preacher (also a focal point today…charismatic, great communicator)
  • ONLY GOD (we know God by His Word)
    • That is why we (remember…)
      • Sing the Word
      • Pray the Word
      • Preach the Word

THREE GUIDELINES FOR CONGREGATIONAL SINGING (DEVER)

It is public not private

  • We are not at church to have “just a private encounter” with God.  We gather on Sunday morning to worship God together.

They should be “theologically rich”

  • Are the words we sing biblical?
  • Acknowledging God for who He is.
    • “The Depths of God’s character, the contours of His grace, and the implications of the Gospel.” (Dever)
  • Some songs on the radio just do not make since.
  • Some are just SO SHALLOW
  • We need to pay attention, but often once we start down this road, we become over critical. (I am busy worrying about FBCAP to worry about other churches…LOL)

It should be spiritually encouraging

“In corporate musical worship, we are calling out to each other to praise God for His glorious character and works.” (Dever)

“This kind of congregational singing is a powerful encouragement to our souls, reminding us of our fellowship and unity in the truths that we sing.” (Dever)

2 Thessalonians 1:3–4

[3] We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. [4] Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. (ESV)

2 Thessalonians 1:3–4

Paul was thankful – v. 3

  • For whom they were.
  • For how they lived
  • Paul was writing from Corinth, very troubled church… SO HE WAS SO THANKFUL TO SEE THIS CHURCH REALLY GETTING IT!

THEIR PROFESSION

They were Brothers – v. 3

  • Christians
  • Born Again
  • Converted
  • They were believers in and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 3:3 – Unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God.

THEIR GROWTH

What needs to be growing in our Christian life?  It has to be more than just “believing” there should be a change/bearing fruit… but what should it look like?

Faith is growing abundantly – v. 3

FAITH

  • Justification – SAVED. CONVERSION
  • Sanctification – SET APART. GROWING IN HOLINESS
    • Progressive, On-going, Never complete
  • Glorification – When all things are made new.

Sanctification is the focus here.

  • REAL FAITH
  • REAL GROWTH
  • More than just understanding facts, but let those facts change your life.
  • Word
  • Worship
  • Prayer
  • Following Christ
    • Living/Doing/Trusting – As I live out my faith I will learn to trust the Lord and His promises and truths.

The love of every one of you for one another is increasing – v. 3

LOVE

  • Of everyone
  • For everyone
  • Is increasing

Boast about you in the churches of God – v. 4

IMPACT (testimony, influence, effectiveness)

  • Individual believers
  • Local congregation
  • Fellowship with other congregations
    • Not just everyone, but true biblical churches
    • “Back to the way it used to be” – N.T. Church

The church in Thessalonica was a church on display

  • Their testimony
  • Their influence

They were having an impact in the city and in the surrounding area.

Your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions

 and in the afflictions that you are enduring – v. 4

PERSEVERANCE

Steadfastness – patient and courageous.

  • Joyful Hoping

Faithfulness

  • Stayed on course. Did not waiver when things go outside their control.

In the midst of Persecutions

  • Hostility due to the Gospel. (their faith)

Afflictions

  • The difficulties brought on by the persecutions

James 1:2–8 – [2] Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, [3] for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. [4] And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

[5] If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. [6] But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. [7] For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; [8] he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (ESV)

What we believe determines how we respond!

Wed Night Bible Study – “Loving Each Other”

Church

Loving Each Other – Chapter 11

When We Gather – This section of the book

  • Understanding Worship
  • The Role of the Pastor
  • The Roles of our Different Gatherings
  • Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
  • Loving Each Other

We get the previous chapters in order so we can be a LOVING AND GROWING CHURCH BODY.

John 13 :34-35 – [34] A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. [35] By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

  • Command is not new.  OT taught to Love God and Love thy Neighbor.   Yet, Jesus came to fulfill the Old (the comm – NEW;
    • New by his sacrificial example
    • New… empowered by the Holy Spirit
  • He gave His life.  We should give ours.
  • If we say we cannot love, them maybe the Spirit is not within us.

Relationships that are mutually encouraging and helping people grow spiritually.

  • KNOW CHRIST
  • GROW IN CHRISTLIKENESS

Churches should be full of spiritually dynamic friendships in which older Christians are helping to reach and guide younger Christians in the Word, where peers get together regularly for accountability and prayer, and where Christians are reading nourishing Christian books together and talking about how they can use them to grow spiritually. (Dever)

Ephesians 4:11–16 – [11] And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, [12] to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, [13] until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, [14] so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. [15] Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, [16] from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (ESV)

Hebrews 10:19–25 – [19] Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, [20] by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, [21] and since we have a great priest over the house of God, [22] let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. [23] Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. [24] And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, [25] not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (ESV)

5 Aspects of a culture of mutual love

GROWING A CULTURE OF MUTUAL LOVE

Covenantal

  • To agree. WE agree that WE ARE THE CHURCH.
  • Agree that they are there for each other.
  • Agree as a church
    • On our leadership
    • Our purpose – Why are we here
    • Our vision – Where are we going
    • Our strategy – How will we get there
    • Our values – What will guide us

Careful

  • To walk obediently to the things of the Lord.  To stay on task and mission.
  • IT MUST ALWAYS BE SCRIPTURE that dictates who we are, what we do, and why we do it. (Piper/Lewis example)

Corporate

  • Not a church of individual walks with the Lord, but a corporate relationship with Christ.
  • Obviously, our individual walk/relationship is key, but it should lead to a corporate walk/relationship.
    • Praying for one another
    • Encouraging one another
    • Worshiping with one another
  • We cannot live the Christian life alone.  That is not what it is.

Cross-Cultural

  • Church is for everyone.  We are here to reach and grow together.
  • The danger of reaching a particular target audience.
    • Race, Social, Economical
  • We may not have everything in common, but we should have Jesus in common. (the Gospel and the Word in common)

Cross-Generational

  • We are a family.
    • Just as in our home. Families need each other.
    • Loving each other
    • Living for each other
    • Learning from each other
  • Rather than catering to one generation of the other.  The picture is one of A BIG FAMILY.