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Encourage to Ministry

12/05/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Awesome Power of Encouragement

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:12–5:28

Summary: In this final section of Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, the apostle encourages these new believers to ministry. This ministry has several different targets: the spiritual leaders that God had set over them, others in their community of faith, and even themselves. Then Paul concludes by encouraging them with the ministry of God in their lives – a commitment to preserving them until the return of Jesus, a commitment tied to and guaranteed by the faithfulness of God.

Encourage to Watchfulness

11/28/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Awesome Power of Encouragement

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:1–5:11

Summary: What does the Bible have to say about your future? What can you expect? And, in light of coming these coming events, how should this affect the way you live your life? These questions will be explored in the book of First Thessalonians, chapter five, as Paul continues his teaching on the end times.

Encourage to Hope

11/21/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Awesome Power of Encouragement

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:13–4:18

Summary: Paul addresses a question arising from the fact that some of the believers in Thessalonica had died. What will happen to these folks and when? Paul offers comfort and encouragement that they will not only be raised up when Christ returns, but will precede living believers who will be caught up to meet Jesus when He returns in glory. This Blessed Hope should help frame the process of grieving the loss of loved ones who have died in Christ.

Encourage to Dignity

11/14/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Awesome Power of Encouragement

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:1–4:12

Summary: In First Thessalonians, chapter 4, Paul encourages these believers to live lives of spiritual vitality, sexual purity and social responsibility. The word dignity originates from a word meaning “worthiness, equivalent to worthy.” Some of the synonyms for dignity are: decorum, propriety, seemliness and stateliness. Our lives, as believers in Christ, are to be worthy of the calling to which we have been called. They should reflect well on the state in which we find ourselves – children of God, called by Him for His purposes. How are we doing?

Encourage to Steadfastness

11/07/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Awesome Power of Encouragement

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:13–3:13

Summary: Are you experiencing difficulties, trials, problems? Paul writes to the believers in Thessalonica to encourage them to steadfastness, to “hanging on,” to continue in their faith in the face of persecution and difficulty. Perhaps this is the encouragement you need today. Don’t give up; keep trusting; stay faithful – that’s Paul’s encouragement to you and me.

Encourage to Integrity

10/31/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Awesome Power of Encouragement

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:1–2:16

Summary: In First Thessalonians, chapter 2, we gain insight into Paul’s ministry of encouragement. In the first sixteen verses we see Paul’s motive, his manner and the message of his ministry. This instructs us as to how we should minister and how we should evaluate the ministry God gives us to fufill.

Encourage to Transformation

10/24/10

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: The Awesome Power of Encouragement

Category: New Testament Letters

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 1:1–1:10

Summary: When is the last time you received a word of encouragement? When is the last time you gave a word of encouragement. We all need encouragement. The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the fledgling church in Thessalonica, a letter of encouragement. In this opening message from the book of First Thessalonians, the focus in on being encouraged to transformation: change on the inside which is evidenced by actions on the outside.