Our Spiritual Growth – Progressive Sanctification

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

Why We Love Belonging To The Church “Because of our Purpose” part 1

My sermon/teaching notes for Wednesday, May. 27th.  Our current Wednesday Summer Series is WHY WE 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? Part 1

1 Chronicles 29:10-15, 1 Peter 4:7-11, Matthew 28:18-20 (scripture references at end of outline)

As Christians, we exist to live a life that brings glory and honor to God as we make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

A disciple is someone:

  • that has accepted Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord
  • that is growing daily in their relationship with Him
  • that is serving Him by their involvement and ministry within the fellowship of His Church

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.

Therefore, our purpose is to glorify & honor God by:

  • Reaching out with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ
  • Building up believers in their knowledge and understanding of God and His Word
  • Belonging to the body of Christ and Serving Him joyfully and obediently.

Scripture:

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)

1 Peter 4:7–11 – [7] The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. [8] Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. [9] Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. [10] As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: [11] whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (ESV)

Colossians 1:9–14 – [9] And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, [10] so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; [11] being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; [12] giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. [13] He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, [14] in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (ESV)

Matthew 28:16–20 – [16] Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. [17] And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. [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 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?