Faith Under Pressure

Relating Under Pressure | 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 |
As ‘children of the light’ (1 Thess 5:5) believers are being shaped by God’s Spirit to live in his new family—a family of joy, growth, patience, holiness, and grace. Outline Relating within church (vv12-15) Relating with God (vv16-22) Relating in Holiness (vv23-28)

Forever with Jesus | 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 |
In the face of death is there any hope, any comfort, any encouragement? In this message from 1 Thessalonians, we hear the encouraging, sure, hope that Jesus gives—being physically, eternally, present with him in resurrection Outline Grieve with hope (4:13) because believers will be resurrected (4:14) because believers will be forever with Jesus (4:15-18) But don’t guess when (5:1-3) Instead, live in the light of that day! (5:4-11)

Living Under Pressure | 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 |
It can be hard to stick out—we often feel pressure to conform. In this message from 1 Thessalonians 4, God’s people are encouraged to live for Jesus in our private and public relationahips. Outline Avoid Sexual Immorality (vv1-8) Live a Quiet Life (vv9-12)

Love Under Pressure | 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13 |
Through his death and resurrection, Jesus rescues people into a new family bound together by love. Outline Prioritise Presence (2:17-3:5) Find Joy in Others’ Faith (3:6-10) Pray with Eternal Views (3:11-13)

The Word of God | 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16 |
Can you love God but not the Bible? Can you love the Bible and not God? When the gospel first came to Thessalonica, some received as the Word of God, others rejected it as merely human words. What about you? Outline The Rejected Word (vv14-16) (Acts 17:1-5; John 5:39-40, 46-47) The Received Word (v13) God’s Word at Work (vv13-14)

Gospel Work Under Pressure | 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 |
In this message from 1 Thessalonians, we are encouraged to follow the example of those who keep going with gospel work even under pressure. Outline Down but not out (vv1-2) Motives Matter (vv3-4) Actions Matter (vv5-8) Examples Matter (vv9-12)

Knowing Genuine Faith | 1 Thessalonians 1 |
What does genuine Christian faith look like? In this message from 1 Thessalonians 1, we see the marks of genuine faith which were shown by the believers in Thessalonica. Outline Genuine Thanksgiving (vv1-3) Genuine Reception of the Gospel (vv4-8) Genuine Conversion (vv9-10) Genuine Christianity

Dealing with Disruption | 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18 |
One of the things God is doing in churches is forming a community shaped by peace, grace, and love. So how does a church deal with disruptive and destructive behaviour? Outline What’s the problem? (vv6, 11, 16-18) Be an Example (vv7-9) Teach How to Live (vv10-13) Discipline to Disciple (vv6, 14-15)

Strength Under Pressure | 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5 |
How do you cope with the pressures of life? If you’re a Christian, how do you sometimes feel pressure to give up on trusting in Jesus? In this message from 2 Thessalonians, we hear God’s promise to strengthen the people he loves in Christ. Outline Know who you are (2:13-14) Pray to stand firm (2:15-17) Pray for Gospel Progress (3:1-2) Rest in the God who strengthens (3:3-5)

Standing Firm Under Pressure | 2 Thessalonians 2 |
The rebellion. The Man of Lawlessness. Is the end near? In this message from 2 Thessalonians 2, we hear how the Bible’s teaching about the Day of the Lord is given to comfort and strengthen those who belong to Jesus. Outline Don’t be shaken (vv1-2) The End of Lawlessness (vv2-12) So stand firm (vv13-16)