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Like A Thief In The Night (9 of 12)
Series: Living Ready, Vol. 1
Pastor Jeff Schreve
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
If you have your Bible, please turn to 1st Thessalonians chapter 5. We're in a series on the Book of 1st Thessalonians, and then we'll go into 2nd Thessalonians. We're calling it, "Living Ready: Preparing Yourself for the Lord's Return." In 1st Thessalonians and 2nd Thessalonians, a lot is said about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Now Paul talks about many different things, but that is one of the themes in 1st Thessalonians and then even more so in 2nd Thessalonians.
And, just to kind of catch you up to speed, Paul preached in Thessalonica. He wasn't there long. He preached for three Sabbaths and then they drove him out, and he probably stayed another month or two, maybe three. And before, there was such persecution and such upheaval there that he had to leave the city. And so he was concerned to know have these people really put their faith and trust in Jesus? Is it genuine? Is it real? And so he went from Thessalonica, he ended up in Corinth. And from Corinth, that's when he sent Timothy back to find out, "Tell me what's going on with these folks." And, so Timothy came back and reported, "Man, Paul, they're doing great. They're growing. They're walking with the Lord. They're waiting for the Lord to come back. They took what you said, and they took it to heart, and they put it into practice, and they're making a difference." And when you read in 1st Thessalonians, you'll find that Paul was so excited about this church, maybe more than any of the churches that he planted, he was so excited about them. He had nothing negative to say. It was all positive. It was all encouragement. And it was instruction for them to live the Christian life and to prepare for the Lord's return. Now, we want to talk tonight about this thing called The Day of the Lord. Paul said it's going to come like a thief in the night. Now, 1st Thessalonians chapter 4, he talks ab ...
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