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Sermons on 1 Thessalonians

1 Oct 2017
Teaching sermon by Dr Peter Masters

Paul's letter to a young church begins with eleven signs that people are truly elect and saved. Paul can rejoice for the Thessalonians, but could he for us? And are the signs reflected in professing Christian congregations today? Have we reason to rejoice? 

Transformation Process 1 Thessalonians 1.9
8 Oct 2017
Teaching sermon by Dr Peter Masters

Thessalonica saw lives radically changed. The new objective of believers was the gathering of souls out of a doomed world for Christ's return, not world restoration (an old heresy returning today). Here also is their realisation of God's hatred of sin. Is ours fading?

Three Tests of Soundness 1 Thessalonians 2.3
15 Oct 2017
Teaching sermon by Dr Peter Masters

Paul entered Thessalonica outwardly lowly but inwardly laden with treasures of grace and power. He lays out three tests of soundness: matter (the message), motives, and manner (of proclamation), and here we apply them to Jews, pagans, modern atheism, and present-day Christian phonies also.

Thankfulness for a Miracle 1 Thessalonians 2.10
22 Oct 2017
Teaching sermon by Dr Peter Masters

Paul's description of the mission to Thessalonica presents the vital ingredients of evangelism - a desire for souls, hard work night and day, holy lives, fatherly appeals, and a desire for lasting conversion, all leading to a miracle of God in illumination and regeneration.

 

Joy in Fruitbearing 1 Thessalonians 2.14
29 Oct 2017
Teaching sermon by Dr Peter Masters

Of all the marks of conversion the apostle's crowning sign here is readiness to suffer in the course of witness. Also, he refers to Satan's hindrances (here are today's), and to the immense joy of relating to converts (our wreath of glory) both now and eternally.

Portrait of Paul 1 Thessalonians 3.1
5 Nov 2017
Teaching sermon by Dr Peter Masters

Reflected in this letter is the apostle's deep concern for believers, and his sacrificial spirit. Also we see his acceptance of hardship for Christ, his great priority of building faith and trust in believers, his prayerfulness and his teaching on separation from the world.

Continuing Reformation 1 Thessalonians 5.21
18 Oct 2017
Bible Study by Dr Peter Masters

The mighty work of God in the Reformation that began 500 years ago can only be truly honoured by a commitment to continuing reformation. Here are nine major aspects of church life and belief, abandoned by many evangelicals today, that must be reformed for spiritual blessing.

16 Sep 2015
Bible Study by Dr Peter Masters

Reasons why we fail to prove all things. Here with examples are key rules. Is the idea in the Bible, or dependent on other knowledge? Beware of the secret formula for success. Is it new or novel? Examine carefully the source or origin.