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Receiving the Word of God

The Apostle Paul constantly gave thanks to God for the spiritual health of the young church in Thessalonica. In this text it’s clear that one of the reasons they were so healthy is because of the way in which they received the gospel and the work it was doing in them.

Paul gave them a model for ministry in 2:1-16. He was a steward, a mother, and a father, but he’s also a herald for the gospel in verse 9. And in verses 13-16, Paul points out that when you do gospel ministry, some people receive the word as God’s word and it does its life-giving, life-transforming work in them. But others will reject it, and may even oppose it. When they do, God is displeased and His wrath hangs over them.

How do we receive God’s word? In this sermon, we wrestle with three questions: Is the Bible the word of Humans? How do we come to believe the Bible is the Word of God? And, What happens when we receive the Bible as the Word of God?

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16; 2 Peter 3:15-16; Mark 15:21

A Deliberate Sacrifice

Christians deliberately seek to have their minds renewed as they offer up their redeemed bodies as living, holy, acceptable sacrifices for the worship and service of God and for the good of others, which results in a supernatural transformation of their affections and actions.

Scripture: Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 4:7-12

Philip and the Ethiopian

God is working in your life, in the foreground and background, to bring about His will for you.

Scripture: Acts 8:26-40

How to Discern God’s Will

“How can I know God’s will?” That is a question that we ask many times in life.

What is God’s will concerning where to go to college or work? How can I know where to go to church or what house to buy? Should I do this or does God want me to do that? These are just a few of the issues that a sincere Christian will grapple with as we seek to live a life that is pleasing to and blessed by God.

The Apostles were in a time of great transition. Jesus had ascended to heaven and they were left here on earth to chart the way forward. These 11 men show us what it means to discover God’s will for our lives.

Scripture: Acts 1:12-26