Sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, for the 3rd Sunday in Advent 2020 (B), about God's will in your life. How do we have joy and a life of prayer and thankfulness in the midst of life's challenges, that often do not go away? How do we hear the good news?
Sermon on 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost 2020 (A), about "Righteousness in Action." What is the difference between the passive righteousness that saves us, and our life of righteousness afterward? What is it for? What does it look like?
Sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, for the Last Sunday of the Church Year (1 Yr lectionary), about the suddenness of Jesus' 2nd coming, and how to be ready for His return. What is Paul's illustration about drunkenness or sobriety, and how does that inform our readiness for Christ's coming?
Sermon on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, for the 25th Sunday after Trinity (1 yr lectionary), about death, resurrection, and the second coming of Jesus. How does this passage inform and encourage Christians even in their losses (death of loved ones)? What does it teach, along with other passages, about the return of Christ? How many times does Christ return, according to Scripture? What confusion has been caused by the idea of a secret rapture?
Sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, about how God's will for us is to lead a joyful, prayerful, and thankful life. How is this possible for the Christian who faces the world's troubles? Is sanctification my spiritual do-it-yourself project?