God’s Promises: An Anchor of Our Hope, Pt. 2
March 25, 2012 Speaker: Brent Small
Topic: God’s Promises Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:13–4:18
In this sermon podcast on First Thessalonians 4:13-18, Pastor Brent gives us the final “2 of 3” promises of God that serve as the anchor of our hope so that we can be comforted in times of grief.
As Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, his purpose in this letter was to strengthen the faith of the Thessalonian believers. Those in the Thessalonian church had faced severe persecution that tested the strength of their faith. In addition to this persecution, their faith was also being tested by grief. Timothy had apparently reported that many in the church were suffering as they grieved the death of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. This grief was tossing them to and fro and they needed additional teaching and encouragement from Paul to comfort their souls concerning those who had died in Christ.
How did Paul deliver this comfort? Paul instructs the Thessalonians in the promises of God. It is the promises of God that secure all of our hope in the Christian life. In this case, Paul unpacks God’s promises to resurrect all believers who have died prior to the coming of Christ. One day Christ will return for His church and there will be a glorious resurrection of all those who have died in Christ to be snatched away with all those who remain alive to be taken to heaven and be with Christ forever! God’s promises in this passage serve as fasteners to anchor our hope as we grieve the loss of fellow believers.
As the passage unfolds, there are many details concerning this resurrection and this coming of Christ to rapture His church that must be answered. In part two of this three-part message, Pastor Brent unpacks Paul’s purpose in this section and delivers the last two promises found in verses 16-18. As these promises are unfolded in our hearts, we as believers will have an anchor of hope in our times of grief and in the totality of our Christian life.