Faith in Uncertain Times (#4 2 Thess, 2:3-12)

Sermon Date: 
Sep 29 2019
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SERMON OUTLINE FOR FURTHER REFLECTION

WEEKLY VERSE
• God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. – 2 Thess. 1:6-7

I. INTRODUCTION
• Why is God Allowing Christians to Suffer?
• How are we to Respond towards Persecution?
• What is the Future for Christians?

II. A PRAISE-WORTHY CHURCH (3-4)
• Grows in Faith
• Increases in Love
• Endures with Obedience

III. A CHURCH WORTHY OF CHRIST (5-7)
• God’s Goodness has Purpose in our Persecution
o spiritual growth & maturity
o test of genuine faith – willing to suffer
o reveals worthiness for Christ/Kingdom
• Jesus will Repay Enemies against His Church
• Jesus will Give Relief/Rest to His Church

IV. COMING DAY OF JUDGMENT & GLORY (8-10)
• Eternal Punishment for Rebellious Unbelievers
o everlasting destruction (hell)
o forever removed from Christ/God’s presence
• Christ Glorified within and among His Holy Believers

V. LEADERS PRAYER FOR BAC TODAY (11-12)
• BAC would be Counted Worthy of Christ’s Calling
o by God’s power in our faith for goodness
•BAC would bring Glory to the Name of Christ

VI. SIGNS OF A HEALTHY “END-TIME” CHURCH IN THE WAITING
• Growing Spiritually & Standing Firm for Christ
• Trusting God and His Coming Justice from Christ
• Praying for God to Strengthen them
• Motivated to Persevere for Christ’s Glory

GROWING DEEPER
1. How did today’s message speak to you (e.g. encourage & challenge you)?
2. Why is God just in allowing YOU, a believer, to suffer through various trials?
3. If your Christian faith went untested & unexamined, what could be the concern?
4. What would you say to a young believer who thinks suffering means God doesn’t love him/her?
5. Do you believe God would be fair & just if sin/evil/wickedness in people went undisciplined or unpunished?
Why or Why Not?
6. What is the motivation for YOU (and the church) to keep faithful in our present time of suffering?
7. How will your life be one counted worthy of Christ and His Glory?

Blessings,
Pastor Trevor