JESUS IS COMING SOON: TRUST GOD

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      09/08/19
 
“Jesus Is Coming Soon: Trust God”
2 Thessalonians 1:1 – 12
 
INTRODUCTION: A few months after he had written his first letter, Paul wrote a second letter to the church at Thessalonica to clear up some misunderstanding the church had about Paul’s teaching. Either through a false letter or teacher, the new church was told that “the day of the Lord” had already come (2:2). This led to confusion and idleness in the church. Paul corrects the church by reporting that Jesus is coming soon. Therefore, the church should trust God, stand firm, and do what’s right. This message presents the subject and outline for the book. You can trust God to do the right thing. You both trust God and persevere in this life or you reject God and suffer judgment in the afterlife. God’s character reveals that you can trust him!
 
TRUST GOD THROUGH THE CURRENT CRISIS (1:1-5).
 
*How can you trust God? Paul says we need a growing faith, increasing love, and persevering hope. “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. 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” (3-4).
 
*Why should we trust God? “This is evidence” of your salvation and future reward. “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” (5).
 
TRUST GOD FOR THE COMING JUDGMENT (1:6-10).
 
*One day God will settle accounts with every person.
Since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 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 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. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 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 (6-10).
 
*The fate of the wicked: payday (6); punishment (8); banishment (9).
 
*The glory of the righteous: relief (7); reward (10); Redeemer (10).
 
TRUST GOD BY CONSTANTLY PRAYING (1:11-12).
 
*Always be in an attitude of prayer. “To this end we always pray for you” (11).
 
*What is prayer? How do we pray? What do we pray for? “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, 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” (11-12).
 
Pray that God will:
  • Affirm his calling in their lives (11).
  • Empower their desire for goodness (11).
  • Complete their works of faith (11).
  • Glorify Jesus Christ through them (12).
 
God is in control. God loves you. You can trust him!