Sunday, November 01, 2009



Pastor Rick Jackson

I. WHAT GOD KNEW [v. 1-2]

1. God Knew Christians Would Need Encouragement [v.1]

2. God Knew Who would Yield to the Holy Spirit and Trust Christ [v. 2, I Th. 1:4-9]

Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

3. God Knew Christians would Need Living Grace & Peace [v. 2b]


God likes to pull the big switch

1. From Wrath to Mercy [v. 3a]

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Romans 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Colossians 3:6 For which things sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

2. From Death unto Life [v. 3b]

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Romans 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

3. From Indignation to Inheritance [v. 4-5]

Hebrews 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
Revelation 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:


1. Rejoice that Sadness is Temporary [v. 6]

2. Rejoice that Trials are Purposeful [v. 7]

3. Rejoice that Our Saviour is Coming for Us! [v. 7b-9]

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