by Ernest Easley

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The Essentials for a Happy Church Family (11 of 13)
Series: Living While Looking Up
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Thessalonians 5.12-14

We are continuing our series of messages today from the New Testament book of 1st Thessalonians under the heading: LIVING WHILE LOOKING UP. You say, "Pastor, what's the secret to living while looking up?" That's easy. It is living each day as though Jesus died yesterday, arose this morning and is coming back tonight!
That friend is LIVING WHILE LOOKING UP! And keep in mind that we have 364 more days this year to live our lives Looking Up!
Now take God's Word and turn with me to 1 Thessalonians 5. Here's a book that not only has been challenging to us in our walk .. it's been comforting to us in our watch!
That is .. in our watch for the second coming of our Lord. Every chapter concludes reminding us that just as there was a first coming of Jesus that there is going to be a second coming! And from 1 Thessalonians .. we have been learning how to get ready and stay ready for the second coming of Jesus.!
My hope for you is that you're ready for the second coming of Jesus! Paul says in chapter 4.18, "Therefore comfort one another with these words." And then in 5.11, "Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing."
Well .. when we come to chapter 5.12 .. Paul changes direction. After explaining and describing "the day of the Lord" … as he begins to wrap up his letter … he puts the focus back on the church.
You know .. the church is more like a family than it is a business. Now .. there's a business aspect to church .. but it functions more like a family.
I want for us what Paul wanted for them: to be a happy church family! I'm so glad to pastor a happy church family! I just believe that a happy family can accomplish more for the kingdom of God than an unhappy family. So goes the fellowship so goes the church!
That's what Paul's talking about beginning in verse 12 and th ...

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