This is my last sermon in my latest series on 1 Thessalonians, on 1) how church is to express love within its members; 2) how it is to direct its love and affection towards God; and 3) what the church’s goal is in being saved by the Lord Jesus Christ. This is based on 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 (c.f. Nehemiah 13:23-31).
God bless, Pastor Haydn.
This is also a very special day for me. Exactly 20 years ago this day (8 April 1998) I became a Christian in my final year of high school. I have not always been the most faithful son, but God has been so patient and good with me. That has become so obvious when the patience of others wore so thin due to my own sinfulness, and even when others gave up on trying to love and help me through my many trials. My favourite Bible verses to date are Psalm 27:10 (When my father and my mother foresake me, then Yahweh will take care of me) and Isaiah 40:11 (Yahweh Adonai shall feed His flock like a shepherd; He shall gather the lambs in His arm and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young). Jesus has been so good to me these past 20 years. They have gone by so quickly and I want the next 20 to be even better.