It’s been a tough year. In the midst of so many different challenges, we persevere because of our hope for a new day in this world and in the world to come. King Jesus brings the light of his Resurrection into the darkness of today through his Kingdom people. As members of the Kingdom of God, we are called and empowered to live the loving, Spirit-filled, holy, caring, generous culture of heaven in the midst of the cultures of this world.
Join us this fall at our in person and online Sunday Gatherings and in our groups as we study the Bible in the book of First Thessalonians and learn to be a Kingdom People.
Sundays, September 20 - November 22
In Person Gatherings: 9am & 10:45am
Online Gatherings: 9am
“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.” — Thessalonians 3:12-13
9/20 WK1: A Resilient Kingdom
Thessalonians 1:1-7; 3:11-13
Followers of King Jesus persevere through hardship like Jesus did.
9/27 WK2: A Kingdom Culture
Following King Jesus means turning from following other kingdoms.
10/4 WK3: A Kingdom Leader
Kingdom leaders lead like a loving mother and father.
10/11 WK4: An Culture of Closeness
In the kingdom, we grow closer together when we suffer together.
10/18 WK5:A Hard-working Kingdom
In the culture of the church, we work hard at being generous
10/25 WK6: A Culture of Sexual Holiness
Following King Jesus teaches us what is truly loving and empowers us to live in holiness.
11/1 WK7(All Saints Sunday): The Kingdom Is Coming
King Jesus will return and all those who follow him will live in his kingdom forever.
11/8 WK8: The Kingdom Is Here
The church today is called to live the culture of the kingdom in the midst of the cultures of this world.
11/15 WK9: A Kingdom Built Up
The culture of the kingdom is built up through love, encouragement, care, and patience.
11/22 WK10: A Spirit-filled Kingdom
King Jesus fills his kingdom with his Spirit.
“Paul directs the persecuted Thessalonian Christians to hope in the future of king Jesus' return who will make all things right. Paul's letter to the Thessalonians celebrates a flourishing Church. Despite persecution and suffering, believers stand strong in their commitment to Jesus.” The Bible Project
Read 1 Thessalonians in one sitting. It takes about 15 minutes.
Read Acts 17:1-15 to learn about the planting of the church in Thessalonika (CLICK HERE)
Read Paul's 2nd letter to the Thessalonians. What is similar? What is different?
Disciple-making Groups Study Guide (COMING SOON)
1 Thessalonians Video from the Bible Project (CLICK HERE)
1 Thessalonians Graphic from the Bible Project (CLICK HERE)
The First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians (The New International Commentary on the New Testament) by Gordon D. Fee (CLICK HERE)
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