Christian Hope that Inspires the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11) (1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11)

Paul Southern, 25th February 2024
Part of the Faith, Love & Hope series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service

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Bible Quote 4:13 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.
4:14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
4:15 According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.

4:16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
4:17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
4:18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.

5:1 Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you,
5:2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
5:3 While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
5:4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
5:5 You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.

5:6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.
5:7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.
5:8 But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
5:9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
5:10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.

5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
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