End Time Living

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      08/18/19
 
“End Time Living”
1 Thessalonians 5:12 – 28
 
INTRODUCTION: As Paul close this letter to new believers, he reminds them that they are members of the family of God. God calls us to live together as members of his family. Along with the freedom we have in Christ, God gives us certain responsibilities as members in his family.
 
YOUR MEMBERSHIP IN GOD’S FAMILY GIVES YOU…
 
GUIDELINES FOR LIVING IN COMMUNITY (12-15).
 
We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone” (12-15).
 
*Some things hurt community: lack of cooperation; idleness; timidity; impatience; retaliation
 
*There are positive steps to build community: respect your leaders (12-13); live in peace; practice the truth – warn, encourage, help, be patient, be kind (14-15).
 
BOUNDARIES FOR LIVING ABUNDANTLY (16-22).
 
*First, trust God. be joyful, pray continually, give thanks. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (16-18).
 
*Second, walk in the Spirit: cooperate with the Spirit’s promptings; listen to your teachers; discern right from wrong.  “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” (19-22).
 
PRINCIPLES FOR LIVING PRAYERFULLY (23-28).
 
*Pray for holinessNow may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it (23-24).
 
*Pray for other people. Brothers, pray for us (25).
 
*Love one another   and fellowship with one another. Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss (26).
 
*Read God’s Word and worship together. I put you under oath before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers (27).
 
*Accept God’s grace. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you (28).