2 Thessalonians 3:6-18 – “Accountability & Responsibility within the Church”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, June 28th. 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 3:6–18

Closes out the letter to the Church membership/body.  Exhorting them to understand their responsibility and accountability as the body of Christ.  Loving each other and the Lord enough to BE THE CHURCH/PEOPLE HE HAS CALLED US TO BE. WHICH IS MAKING AN ETERNAL IMPACT REGARDLESS OF THE SITUATION THAT WE LIVING IN.

Accountability and Responsibility:

  • As a church member
  • As we serve the Lord within His Church.

ACCOUNTABILITY

(love and care for another)

  • Not allowing people to continue. 
  • Love them enough to intervene

Three things were going on that Paul knew needed to be addressed.

OBVIOUSLY, THEY WERE NEGATIVELY IMPACTING THE FAITHFULNESS AND WITNESS OF THE CHURCH

Laziness – v. 6 – 11a

keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. – v. 6

For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, – v. 11

  • Stay Busy (Keep serving the Lord)
  • His purpose for you life
    • A job.  Fulfill your calling.

Meddling– v. 11b – 12

but busybodies – 11b

do their work quietly – 12

  • A burden to the church and her ministry

4020 periergázomai (from 4012 /perí, “all-around” and 2038 /ergázomai, “to work”) – properly, work all-around, i.e. to meddle, going beyond proper boundaries (where a person doesn’t belong); to fixate on what others are doing, instead of doing what the person himself is supposed to do (used only in 2 Thes 3:11). (Helps Word Studies)

Disobedience – v. 14

  • Does not obey – v. 14
  • Take note and have nothing to do with– v. 14
    • Recognize, Realize and Keep away
      • Our association with others can mean agreement

RESPONSIBILITY

(our motivation and means)

The Word – v. 6, 12

We command you – military authority

  • In the Lord Jesus Christ

Our Example – vv. 7-10

Imitate us – v. 7

Example – v. 9

  • As believers we should set and example for others to follow
  • As the church we should set an example for others to follow
  • Our example is our EXPECTATIONS.  LEAD BY EXAMPLE.

The Church Functioning as the Body – vv 11-15

  • Do not grow wearyv. 13
    • Never finished.  Never over.
  • Invest in others
    • Remember Acts 11.  For a whole year!
  • Do not regard him as an enemy but warn him as a brother – v. 15
    • Seek Restoration Matthew 18:15-20

The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ – vv. 16-18

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. – v. 16

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all – v. 18

  • Peace – Grace – Presence

Scripture References:

2 Thessalonians 3:6–18 – [6] Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. [7] For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, [8] nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. [9] It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. [10] For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. [11] For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. [12] Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

[13] As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. [14] If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. [15] Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.

[16] Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.

[17] I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the sign of genuineness in every letter of mine; it is the way I write. [18] The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. (ESV)

Matthew 18:15–20 – [15] “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. [16] But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. [17] If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. [18] Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. [19] Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. [20] For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (ESV)

Foundational Truths To Embrace – Wednesday Bible Study

Foundational Truths To Embrace

The doctrinal statement for FBCAP is The Baptist Faith and Messagewww.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp

As we affirm the truths found within the B F & M we should also allow these six truths to establish the foundation on which we do all church life and ministry.

  1. The Greatness Of God Above All Things.
  2. The Sufficiency Of Scripture Pertaining To All Matters Of Faith And Life.
  3. The Lordship Of Jesus Christ Over All Creation.
  4. The Power Of The Gospel To Changes Lives.
  5. The Importance Of The Local Church In Expanding The Kingdom Of God.
  6. The Imperative From Christ for His Followers To Go And Fulfill The Great Commission.

The Greatness Of God Above All Things

1 Chronicles 29:10–15 – [10] Therefore David blessed the LORD in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. [11] Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. [12] Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. [13] And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.

[14] “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. [15] For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. (ESV)

Psalm 103:19 – The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. (ESV)

The Sufficiency Of Scripture Pertaining To All Matters Of Faith And Life

2 Timothy 3:16–17 – [16] All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, [17] that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (ESV)

Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (ESV)

The Lordship Of Jesus Christ Over All Creation

Philippians 2:9–11 – [9] Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, [10] so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, [11] and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (ESV)

Colossians 1:15–20 – [15] He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. [16] For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. [17] And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. [18] And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. [19] For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, [20] and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (ESV)

The Power Of The Gospel To Changes Lives

Romans 1:16–17 – [16] For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. [17] For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (ESV)

1 Corinthians 1:18 – For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (ESV)

The Importance Of The Local Church In Expanding The Kingdom Of God

1 Timothy 3:15 – if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. (ESV)

Acts 1:6–8 – [6] So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” [7] He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. [8] But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (ESV)

The Imperative From Christ for His Followers To Go And Fulfill The Great Commission

Matthew 9:35–38 – [35] And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. [36] When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. [37] Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; [38] therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (ESV)

Matthew 28:15–18 – [18] And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. [19] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)

2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, June 21st. 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 3:1–5

Pray for the Work and Continue Your Walk

From pastoral, to prophecy, to now more practical.  Paul is requesting the church to do two specific things in these five verses. One, to PRAY for the work of the ministry and second, KEEP their daily walk with the Lord where it needs to be.

TO PRAY FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY.

For the message – v. 1

  • That the Word of the Lord
    • May speed ahead.
      • Make progress, Do what it does
    • Be honored (doxazo)
      • To be praised, and exalted
  • As happened among you
    • We too easily forget what the Gospel did for us.

For the messenger – v. 2

  • Delivered from the wicked & evil one (perverse and evil)
    • Not free from hardship, but free from hinderance.
    • SO HE CAN CONTINUE WITH HIS MINISTRY.

TO KEEP WALKING IN GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

But the Lord is faithful – v. 3a

Micah 6:8 – He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (ESV)

John 15:7 – If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (ESV)

WE WALK IN HIS FAITHFULNESS AS WE:

Trust in the Lord – v. 3

Remember who He is.  What He has done. What He will continue to do.

  • HE WILL Establish you – inside – internal spiritual strength.
    • Eph 3:16
  • HE WILL Guard you – outside
    • Shields from the external attacks
    • Eph. 6:16  (SHIELD OF FAITH).
  • Against the evil one – the devil cannot do anything to you unless the Lord allows it.  AND IF THE LORD ALLOWS IT…HE WILL BE GLORIFIED IN IT!!!!!!

Keep focus off him and ON HIM!

Obedience to the Lord – v. 4

And you will have confidence in the Lord about you.

  • Paul knew that if they will listen, believe, and act upon the Word’s of the Lord…ALL WILL BE WELL!!!!

Doing and continue to the things we commanded

  • Doing and Continue to Do
  • Ps 19:7-9 and Matt. 28:18-20

Growth in the Lord – v. 5

  • May the Lord direct your hearts – make straight, clear the way
    • To the Love of God1 Thess 3:11
    • To the Steadfastness of Christ

CONCLUSION:

Paul’s two request require for us to remain:

  • Focused on who we are and why we are here.
    • The spread of the Gospel and the Glory of the Lord Jesus Christ

And

  • Faithful to continue to Walk closely with the Lord.

YET, It is amazing how soon we become distracted and get off course.

Consider your relationship with Christ today. Consider the focus of your life as you LIVE OUT your relationship with Christ today.


SCRIPTURE REFERENCES:

Thessalonians 3:1-5 – 1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.4 And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command.5 May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

Ephesians 3:14-1914 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith-that you, being rooted and grounded in love,18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. –

Ephesians 6:16 – In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;

Psalm 19:7-10

7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; 8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.

Matthew 28:18-20 – 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 – 11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, 12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

Why We Love Belonging To The Church – Our Spiritual Growth.

WHAT THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS ABOUT – OUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

2 Peter 1:3–11 – Our Sanctification – Growing into the likeness of Christ

Progressive Sanctification – A lifelong journey of putting off sinful attitudes and actions and putting on Godliness and righteousness.

  • With the goal of growing closer to the Lord (intimacy with Him) and maturing daily toward Christlikeness (living it out).
  • This is accomplished through the active effort and discipline of the believer as they grow in the spiritual disciplines that have been provided by God and His wonderful grace.
    • Taking in the Word, worship, prayer, fellowship, serving, witnessing and etc.
  • We have all we need to DO IT.
    • Word of God, Spirit of God, the people of God.
  • This wonderful process will only become complete when we eventually come into the presence of our Lord.

2 Peter 1:3-11

[3] His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, [4] by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

 [5] For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, [6] and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, [7] and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. [8] For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. [9] For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. [10] Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. [11] For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (ESV)

THE SANCTIFICATION PROCESS

THE FOUNDATION

Faith is believing the Word of God and acting upon it, no matter how you feel, because God promises a good result.

  • We need faith both for salvation (Ro 1:16,17) and for obedient living (Heb 11).
  • Faith is foundational to a godly life—without faith, it is impossible to please God.
  • Faith is a commitment to obey Christ, no matter what.
  • FAITH = TRUST

Virtue is moral excellence.

  • A desire to be moral excellent (Christlikeness)
  • Virtue is the desire to please Christ, no matter what.

Knowledge completes the foundation, for without knowing the Word of God, we wouldn’t know how to obey Christ even if we had the desire to obey!

  • Reading, meditating, applying, obeying the Word of God
  • DAILY

These first three qualities must work together to provide a strong foundation for our growth and maturity in Christ.

OUR EFFORT

Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) that results from obedience to Christ.

  • It requires a lot of hard work to build on the foundation, but the Holy Spirit assists us in developing self-control, which is really submitting ourselves to Him to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. We can’t do it alone – it requires cooperation!
  • DOING WHAT WE KNOW WE NEED TO DO.
  • MAKING WISE BIBLICAL CHOICES.

Perseverance is a steadfastness that allows us to develop that self-control (1 Co 15:58).

  • Clinging to Jesus with all our might and continuing to hang on as long as it takes to be victorious.
  • KEEP GOING.  It is not a sprint it is a journey.
  • No one will ever be perfect, that is why we have JESUS…HE WAS!

Self-control and perseverance are the “Hard Work” of the sanctification process.  They must work together to produce results.

OUR MATURITY (The fruit we bear as we grow)

Godliness in habitually responding in a Christlike way (1Ti 4:7-16).

  • It is the fruit of laying the strong foundation of faith, virtue, and knowledge and then doing the hard work of self-control and perseverance.
  • As we learn and grow in the Lord, and persist in forming new and godly habits, we respond more consistently in reflecting God’s character.
  • Godliness is acting like Jesus as He lives in and through us.
  • OUR CHARACTER.  HOW WE LIVE IN REGARD TO… WHAT WE SAY WE BELIEVE.

Brotherly affection is being kind one to another.

  • Christlike character and godly habits always affect the way we treat each other; we should be characterized by brotherly affection.
  • Kind, tenderhearted and forgiving.

Love is the agape motivation that is our ultimate goal as believers (Jn 15:12-13).

  • We are to love God and one another as God loves us (1 Jn 3:14-18).
  • This proves God’s love is really in us and that we have truly become like He is, for He is love (1 Jn 4:8).

If we lay the right foundation (faith, virtue, and knowledge)

Continue in the hard work required to become godly (self-control and perseverance)

The payoff (godliness, brotherly affection, and love) will surely come.

We are to not become weary in doing what is right (Gal 6:9).  He promises us in 2 Peter 1:10 that if we diligently live out these eight qualities we will never stumble!  Let us be diligent to make progress on this stairway for sanctification.


I have added additional thoughts and comments, but the outline and much of the information was obtained at www.bibicalcounselingcenter.org

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 “Stand Firm in your Salvation and Sanctification”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, June 14th. 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 2:13–17 – Our Salvation and Sanctification

Intro:

Remember….

  • He was thankful for their growing faith and love for one another
  • They are considered worthy of their suffering and affliction.
  • He reminded them about God’s righteous judgment and His second coming.
  • In this section he is thanking the Lord for their salvation and sanctification and prays that they may be comforted and strengthened as they serve Christ.

THANKFUL FOR THEIR SALVATION – NEW BIRTH – vv. 13-14

(Because they embraced the truth of the Gospel)

We ought to always give thanks to God for you – Paul had absolute confidence in the power of the Gospel through Christ.  That they would be OK.

  • vv. 10, 12 – Because/If they loved and obeyed the truth.  Compared to those who are perishing.
  • John 6:37, 39, 40, 44; John 10: 27-29

His Confidence was base on what their salvation meant for God’s perspective:

God loved them – v. 13a

  • Beloved

God chose them – v. 13b

  • Haireo – chosen for a particular purpose
  • Chose them to be the first fruits of salvation.
  • Romans 8:29-30
  • Lambs book of life – Rev. 13:8, 17:8

God sanctified them(transformed) – v. 13c

  • Rendered Holy – Set apart
  • By the Spirit
  • By their Faith – Belief in the truth
    • Eph. 2:8 – “By grace through faith
    • Romans 10:9–10 – [9] because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. [10] For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. (ESV)

God called them… to the glory of Christ – v. 14

  • Called to this…all of v. 13 – The salvation process.
  • So that they may obtain the Glory of Christ.
  • Compared to those that are perishing v. 10… believers are OBTAINING.
  • THE ACCUMULATION OF GOD’S REDEMPTIVE PLAN – THEIR ULTIMATE GLORY AT THE RETURN OF CHRIST.
  • Eternally reflecting the glory of Christ. Eph 1:3-5

PRAYED FOR THEIR SANCTIFICATION – NEW LIFE – vv. 15-17

THAT THEY WOULD LIVE OUT THEIR CALLING (from v. 14)

SO THEN… – EMBRACE AND LIVE OUR YOUR NEW LIFE

  • Because you are saved. (REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE)
  • New life is not just YOU, but you within the Kingdom.  The body of Christ.  The household of faith.  (Isolation, Social Distancing)

A person of Gospel conviction – v. 15

  • Make a stand.  Do not move. Be somebody that believes in something. (TIMES ARE TOUGH…get over it!)
  • Hold to – With power and strength.
  • To stand and hold conveys GUARDING.
  • At the end of the day, what do you want to be standing for?
  • Traditions – things handed down. THE GOSPEL.

THAT THEY WOULD EMBRACE THE MEANS TO DO SO

God’s COMFORT in their hearts– vv. 16-17a

  • With God’s Love
    • Eternal comfort – Now in the midst of affliction and forever.  In the day of the Lord.
    • Good Hope through grace – The expectation of God’s promises fulfilled.
  •  Heart – represented the entire person.  Emotions and intellect

God’s STRENGTH for every good work and word – v. 17

  • For the endurance to bear the fruits of their life.  WORK AND WORD
  • ACTIONS and WORDS.  What we SAY and DO

Scripture:

2 Thessalonians 2:13–17 – [13] But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. [14] To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. [15] So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.

[16] Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, [17] comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. (ESV)

John 6:37–44 – [37] All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. [38] For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. [39] And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. [40] For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

[41] So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” [42] They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” [43] Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. [44] No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. (ESV)

John 10:27–29 – [27] My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. [28] I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. [29] My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. (ESV)

Romans 8:29–30 – [29] For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. [30] And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. (ESV)

Revelation 13:8 – and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. (ESV)

Revelation 17:8 – The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come. (ESV)

Ephesians 1:3–5 – [3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, [4] even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love [5] he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, (ESV)

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 “Our Hope in the Day of the Lord” part 2

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, June 7th . 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 2:1–12 – “Our Hope in the Day of the Lord” part 2

An overview of vv. 1-12

Coming and Gathering – v. 1

Don’t be shaken, alarmed or deceived – vv. 2-3a

Day will not come until – vv. 3b-4

  • Rebellion comes (apostacy)
  • Man of lawlessness is revealed (1 John – Antichrist)
    • Son of destruction
    • Opposes and exalts himself against every god
    • Proclaims to be God

Remember the Word/What you have been told – v. 5

He is being restrained – vv. 6-7

  • Church, Holy Spirit, Michael (Dan. 10-12)

When he is revealed then he will be judged – 8

He is sent by Satan – v. 9a

His followers are deceived and condemned because they do not embrace the truth – vv. 9b-12

  • Power – false signs and wonders
  • Deception – twisting the truth

A Few Things to Consider:

  • Bible believing Christians have different views of the “details” of the second coming. (see digging deeper section for terms)
  • As we study the Bible you begin to realize that God did not give us all the specifics, so therefore we just do not know everything we wish we did.
  • Your end time views will impact more of just what you think takes place at the end, but also how you read and interpret scripture. (ex.  Me not dispensational, but Christocentric)
  • I personally love to study it and talk about it, but I am not going to let the “end times” doctrine be a hill I am going to die on.
  • Yet, clearly taught truth from the Word of God is a hill we will die on every day of our life!

Last Things – Baptist Faith and Message

God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke 12:40,48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28;John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-28,35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13.

5 Main Themes of the Second Coming

50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith. Gregg R. Allison

  1. At His first coming, Jesus dealt with sin
  2. At his second coming, Christ will bring ultimate salvation
  3. Christ will return personally, bodily, suddenly, and triumphantly.
  4. Though God has determined the time of the second coming, human beings cannot know it.
  5. There are two key debates:
    1. Whether the second coming will be preceded by the rapture of the church before the great tribulation.
    1. The relationship of Christ’s return to the millennium.

What takes place before the “Coming of the Lord”

Matthew 24:1-44, Mark 13:1-36

  1. Preaching of the Gospel to all nations
  2. The great tribulation
  3. False prophets working signs and wonders
  4. Signs in the heavens
  5. The coming of the man of lawlessness – 2 Thess 2:1-10
  6. Salvation of the nation of Israel – Romans 11:25-26

Conclusion:

  1. Read, study, and meditate on the Word of God.
  2. Obtain study helps (books, lectures)
  3. Trust God for the things that He has control of.
  4. Live your life based on what you have control of.
    • Be people of Hope (Confident expectation in God’s fulfillment of His promises)
    • Be people of Passion
    • Be people of Purpose
    • Be people on Mission


DIGGING DEEPER

Key Theological Terms to Study

  • Dispensationalism
  • Covenant Theology
  • New Covenant Theology
  • Christocentric Theology

Go to www.pastorjonbeck.com for books to purchase

  • Click on Reading List and Bookstore
  • Then scroll down to Theological Reference Books
  • New Dictionary of Theology  – Edited By: Sinclair B. Ferguson, David F. Wright, J.I. Packer
  • Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth – John MacArthur & Richard Mayhue
  • Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine – Wayne Grudem (book we utilized a few years ago on Sunday Nights)
  • The Moody Handbook of Theology

Articles to read

Comparing Dispensationalism, Covenant, and New Covenant Theology – John Piper Article (short article that give insight to each theological view)

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-does-john-piper-believe-about-dispensationalism-covenant-theology-and-new-covenant-theology

Comparing Covenant Theology and Dispensational Theology

https://www.monergism.com/comparing-covenant-theology-and-dispensational-theology

Why We Love Belonging To The Church – “Our Purpose” part 2

My sermon/teaching notes for Wednesday, June 3rd.  Our current Wednesday Summer Series is WHY I LOVE BELONGING TO THE CHURCH. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week please visit http://www.fbcap.net

Why We Love Belonging to the Church

Because of our Purpose – Session 2

Reaching Out and Building Up

We accomplish this by reaching out with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and by building up believers in their knowledge of God and His Word so they can live an obedient and joyful life of service and ministry unto the Lord and His church.

Scripture:

John 3:3 – [3] Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (ESV)

Acts 1:6–8 – [6] So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” [7] He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. [8] But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (ESV)

Romans 1:16–17 – [16] For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. [17] For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (ESV)

1 Peter 3:13–15 – [13] Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? [14] But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, [15] but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, (ESV)

Ephesians 4:29–[29] Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (ESV)


Reaching – This is the evangelistic arm of the church and is the means by which God has chosen to bring about His redemptive purpose.  We are called to be active in sharing our faith with those around us that are unchurched and in need of a personal relationship with Christ.  We do not proclaim just any message; rather, we proclaim the biblical message of Jesus Christ…the Gospel.

This involves:

  • Intentionally preaching the Word of God in our worship services and small groups
  • Intentionally building relationships with those in our personal network.
    • (Family members, co-workers, and neighbors)
  • Intentionally getting them exposed to the Gospel message.
    • (Our personal witness, the preaching of the Word, & evangelistic tracts)
  • Intentionally participating in the outreach endeavors of the church.
    • (Our neighborhood, our city, our state, our nation, and beyond)

Building – This is the discipleship arm of the church and is the process by which God brings growth and change to ones’ life.  We encourage this work by placing emphasis on these particular areas of ministry.

  • Worship – To acknowledge God for who He is.  Personal and group worship encourages us to develop an ongoing and growing relationship with God.  Our intent is to bring glory and honor to God through the singing of hymns and spiritual songs in our corporate worship services.  While music and worship should engage the heart and ones’ emotion we should realize that the focal point of each service is to be centered on the worship of God and the preaching & teaching of His Word.  Worship should be both celebratory and reverent.  The point is not whether we are traditional or contemporary, but the focal point is in the words we sing, the spirit of our heart, and goal that we have in mind.  The key is being unified on the focus being on God and not on man.
  • Instruction – The food we need to grow spiritually is God’s Word, the Bible.  The Bible is the central part of all study within the church.  There should be a balance of corporate teaching as well as small groups designed to encourage one to grow deeper in their knowledge and understanding of God and His Word.   It is only with a proper understanding of who God truly is that a life of proper decision making, obedience, and joy can be lived out.
  • Fellowship Real spiritual growth requires more than just information.  It also requires relationships.  Personal interaction lets us in on the struggles and joys of other Christians and gives us the opportunity to support and encourage each other.

This involves:

  • Growing in our own relationship with the Lord.  We must begin to enjoy growing in our knowledge and understanding of who God is.
  • Being involved with corporate worship each week…make your Sunday worship a priority of the family each week.
  • Seeking out opportunities to encourage others to grow more in their spiritual life.
  • Becoming familiar with the GROWTH resources provided by the church and looking for opportunities to read and distribute them.  (Become a student/reader of good Christian books)

DIGGING DEEPER. Different millennial views – Study material for our 2 Thess. 2:1-12 sermon series.

Baptist Faith and Message – Last Things

God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

Isaiah 2:411:9Matthew 16:2718:8-919:2824:27,30,36,4425:31-4626:64Mark 8:389:43-48Luke 12:40,4816:19-2617:22-3721:27-28;John 14:1-3Acts 1:1117:31Romans 14:101 Corinthians 4:515:24-28,35-582 Corinthians 5:10Philippians 3:20-21Colossians 1:53:41 Thessalonians 4:14-185:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 21 Timothy 6:142 Timothy 4:1,8Titus 2:13Hebrews 9:27-28James 5:82 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:283:2Jude 14Revelation 1:183:1120:1-22:13.


The Main Millennial Views

This a great place to start to see the different views held by professing Christians.


https://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/sdg/The%20Millennium%20-%20Major%20Views%20by%20Aaron%20Orendorff.html

The Millennium – Major Views (Answering these 8 questions from the different views)

The Questions – Revelation 20:1-8

(1) When is the millennium – past, present and future?

(2) When will Jesus return – before or after the millennium?

(3) What does the binding of Satan refer to (v. 2)?

(4) Is the thousand years a literal period of time (v. 2)?

(5) What is the “first resurrection” (v. 4-6)?

(6) What is the “second death”?

(7) What and when will the rapture be?

(8) What will the world be like until Christ returns?


The Millennial Maze: A Panel on the Millennium (Video with pastor/theologians discussing their convictions)

http://andynaselli.com/the-millennial-maze-a-panel-on-the-millennium


MORE ESCHATOLOGY LINKS THAN YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE!

https://www.monergism.com/topics/eschatology

2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 – “Our Hope in the Day of the Lord” part 1

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, May 31st . 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 2:1–12 –

“Our Hope in the Day of the Lord” part 1

INTRO

The issue here is not the SPECIFICS OF THE END TIMES. The issue here for Paul is pastoral comfort.

  • We are not called plot out every detail of the end times events
  • This Scripture is not for plotting a calendar, but building character (Wiersbe)
  • We are not called to worry and fret
  • We are called to live with hope and purpose until the day arrives.

All these verses fit together to form a whole.  – Remember what we learned from chapter 1

There will be an execution of God’s Righteous Judgment (they were faced with suffering and affliction)

  1. As it relates true believers (church) – v. 5
  2. As it relates to those that are opposed and persecuting them – vv. 6-7a
  3. The time of His judgment – v. 7b
  4. The execution of His judgment – vv. 8-10
  5. He will return in glory
  6. He will be glorified in His people
  7. Those who reject will be excluded
  8. While we wait, He should be glorified in us todayvv. 11-12
    1. HOW IS HE GLORIFIED IN US TODAY?
    1. Living in light of chapter 2 is how!

This section of the letter (Chap 2) deals with their HOPE as it relates to the Second Coming of Christ.

HOPE

  • Confident expectation in God’s fulfillment of His promises
  • Biblical hope not only desires something good for the future — it expects it to happen. And it not only expects it to happen — it is confident that it will happen (John Piper)

There will be a Day of Coming and Gathering – v. 1

Read – 1 Thess. 4:15-15:11

They apparently thought they had missed it.

Coming of Lord (Parousia)

  • 1 Thess. 4:15

Being gathered together with Him (episunago)

  • Gathering together, an assembly

A few things to consider

There is a “gathering up” of the church in regard to the Day of the Lord.

  • When – not certain (yet an extremely passionate subject)
    • Is the Day of the Lord one simultaneous event or, is the Day of the Lord more of a period of time?)
      • Before, middle, or after the tribulation
  • Why – Because believers will not face the wrath (the chapter 1 judgment of God.)
    • Some think the church will face some of the season of tribulation… to purge the church (goats and tares).

What we do know (and must agree on)

  • There will be a sudden, personal, visible, bodily return of Christ.
  • We do not know when Christ will return
  • All evangelicals agree on the final results of Christ’s return
    • Judge unbelievers, reward believers and they will live with Christ in the new heaven and new earth for all eternity.
    • We should eagerly long for Christ’s return.

We must stay focused and on task – vv. 2-3a

Do not be quickly Shaken in mind

  • Easily.
  • Reed blowing in the wind (Matt. 11:7)
  • Moving of the prison (Acts 16:26)

Do not be Alarmed

  • Disturbed.
  • Continuous state of trouble

By a Spirit or Word or Letter

  • Apostolic (anointed) preaching
  • Written letter
  • THE FALSE TEACHER CLAIMED THEY WERE INSPIRED AND MESSENGERS OF THE LORD.
  • Paul was reminding them HIS APOSTOLIC CALLING.
  • WE HAVE THE WORD TODAY!!!!!

Do not be Deceived (exapatao)

  • Deceive completely.

The Day has not come yet – vv. 3b-4

For that day will not come until,

  • The rebellion comes first – v. 3
    • Falling away
  • Man of lawlessness if revealed – v. 3
    • Son of destruction
    • Opposes God
    • Exalts himself over God
    • Antichrist – 1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 John 7)

They were SHAKEN, ALARMED, and DECEIVED and were full of fear and anxiety.  WHICH LEADS TO DOUBT AND DISMAY.

Remember the Word – v. 5

They lost HOPE because they FORGOT THE WORDS FROM PAUL (v. 5)  He had already addressed in detail all the events of the DAY OF THE LORD.

He is reminding them how to live with Hope.  What a lesson for us today.

  • KNOW (remember) THE TRUTH
  • OBEY THE TRUTH
  • TRUST THE TRUTH