This week in our third part of a teaching through 1 Thessalonians Pastor Justin brings an important and convicting message to the body of Christ here at RUC. We look at 6 methods or should we say motivations behind a God-built Church. The consumerist western Church culture sits not only in our everyday popular culture but creeps into the church and the motivations as to what we do and why. This consumer culture of church hinders our relationship with Christ and with one another. We find that we are not too different from the Thessalonians and need to look to Christ for the grace, strength and wisdom to live out the Gospel in our everyday lives. Not from a place of earning the love of God, no, but rather we serve because we know we are already loved in Christ by His sacrifice on the cross.
From Series: "The Model Church: 1Thessalonians"
A journey through the Epistle of 1 Thessalonians. We see how God builds His church despite persecution, difficulty and brokenness in the context of the thriving, prominent city of Thessalonica. After having to leave the fledging Church in Thessalonica, the Apostle Paul sends Timothy to report on the growth and survival of the church. On Timothy's return, Paul is overjoyed to find that the Spirit of God has renewed, protected and empowered the church despite being left leaderless under mass persecution. In this series we will see the faithfulness and sovereignty of God despite persecution, hardships and all kinds of evil.