Christians believe that the coming age will lack sickness, poverty, violence, death and everything else that makes the current age so hard. But is this just wishful thinking? That’s the question a group of Bible scholars asked Jesus. Pastor Luke preaches from Luke 20:27–38 in “Resurrection,” part one of a new series of that name.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, we’ve been wondering about the “new normal.” What will the new normal be like? How will we know when we get there? What should we do in the meantime? Centuries before Christ, God spoke through prophet Jeremiah to encourage people with questions pretty similar to ours. Pastor Luke preaches from Jeremiah 29:1,4–7,10 in “New Normal.”
When the church in Thessalonica was facing many difficult challenges, the Apostle Paul gave them instructions to help them in their troubles. When we face our own challenges — as so many are this year — the same advice can help us. Pastor Luke looks at Thessalonians 5:12–28 in “Engaging,” the concluding message in his series “Brand-New Testament.”
Christians hope in the better world that Jesus will inaugurate when he returns. What sustains our hope between now then? Until Christ returns, how do we keep our hope alive in all the troubles of this world, amid all its sickness, violence, and death? Pastor Luke teaches from Thessalonians 4:13–5:11 in “Rapture,” part 4 of his 5-part series “Brand-New Testament.”
The Apostle Paul said that the Church — the community of Jesus’ followers — was a family. What images does that bring to mind for you? What does it mean — what ought it mean — for the Church to be a family? Pastor Luke teaches from Thessalonians 4:1–12 in “Dedicated to God,” part 3 of his 5-part series “Brand-New Testament.”
Why do we take the Apostle Paul seriously? Or perhaps a better question is, why did people in the first century take him seriously? What can we learn from Paul about being taken seriously today? Pastor Luke preaches from Thessalonians 2:1–12 in “Being Serious,” part 2 of his 5-part series “Brand-New Testament.”
Paul wrote the letters to the church in a Greek town called Thessalonica to encourage people he loved but could not be with. They found what he said was so encouraging, they kept the letter, and circulated to others who needed encouraging. They shared it in turn, and after a couple of centuries of being shared to encourage people, this letter – likely the oldest surviving Christian document – became part of the New Testament. Can it still encourage us today? Pastor Luke teaches from Thessalonians 1:1–10 in “Brand-New Testament,” the first message in a new series “Brand-New Testament.”