2 Thessalonians

Sustained by the Gospel

By Lane Stephenson

“They were a young Church, just delivered from paganism. Like lambs in the midst of wolves, they stood amongst bitter enemies, their teacher had left them alone, and their raw convictions needed to be consolidated and matured in the face of much opposition.”
(Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910)

In correcting the confused and erroneous beliefs of the believers at Thessalonica concerning “the last things,” Paul assured the church that the day of the Lord had not yet come by telling them that prior to that day there must come a time of rebellion and the appearance of the man of lawlessness.

There is “good news” and “bad news” in other words. The good news: they had not been “left behind.” The bad news: difficult and perilous days will precede the coming day of the Lord, days in which dangerous wolves seek to devour the lambs.

What, then, is the anchor for our hope and confidence? What will sustain us, equip us, and keep us during the difficult and perilous days that precede the day of the Lord?

Paul’s answer is the gospel. In giving thanks to God for the believers at Thessalonica, he speaks of the work of the gospel in their lives and gives the gospel as the ground of their steadfastness and hope.

This Sunday, we look at Paul’s description of the work of the gospel in the lives of the believers at Thessalonica and see in his description the cause and ground of our hope. A gospel-centered church is sustained by the very gospel that brought that church into existence!

Man of Sin - Part 2

By Stacey Cox

There are numerous references in the Bible to the Antichrist. In some cases, whole chapters are devoted to him, but we rarely hear sermons that deal with him in light of his rise prior to the Lord Jesus’ return. This is probably due to the fact that most ministers are fearful of being dubbed the next Harold Camping. But we must not hold back from highlighting and describing his characteristics, as described in the Bible, and the destruction he will unleash prior to Christ’s second advent. That’s what we will set out to do Sunday. Hope you enjoy as we continue our study in 2 Thessalonians!

The Man of Sin

By Stacey Cox

People have a keen interest in the future. “Itching ears” are evidenced by the popularity of astrology, fortune-tellers, and political prognosticators. Christians aren’t immune to a fascination of the future. But many are confused as to what to believe. Depending upon one’s perspective, any number of angles can be taken regarding ‘the signs of the end times’ mentioned in Scripture. None is more subject to speculation than the sign of the coming “man of sin” or the Antichrist. What does the Bible have to say about this figure? What is his role in God’s work of redemption between our Lord’s first and second advents? That’s where Paul takes us Sunday, as we continue our study in 2 Thessalonians with “The Man of Sin.”

God's Justice and the Last Day

By Stacey Cox

In a 1980 interview, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was asked, “What parting word have you for the secular man or woman who does not take Jesus Christ seriously?” To which Lloyd-Jones replied, “Flee from the wrath to come and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ”. Sadly, many in the church today would view such a response as a “scare” tactic. Yet, this godly man’s response reminds us that we’ve been called to embrace the whole counsel of God and that includes preaching on the eternal storm of God’s approaching wrath. That’s where Paul takes us this week as he consoles a church under great persecution. Hope you enjoy us as we continue our study in 2 Thessalonians!

Being & Becoming

By Stacey Cox

Feelings are fickle. Moods and circumstances change. One of the devil’s biggest lies is to convince you that how you feel right now is how you are always going to feel. If you are cranky, ‘I’m just a cranky person.’ Tired: ‘I’m always exhausted.’ Lose a job? ‘I’m a loser.’ There’s a better way. God is honored when we allow Him to define us regardless of feelings or experiences, and then as we invest ourselves in that identity . . . regardless of what comes. This week we begin our summer series in 2 Thessalonians.