Category Archives: 1-2 Thessalonians (2018)

20th of May 2018 Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – Being Whole in Body, Spirit, and Soul

The most important reason why Jesus died on the cross to save sinners in this world was to take them out of sin and work in their lives so that they are completely holy in spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23).  But what strategy are we to have to accomplish this?  What is a soul?  What is a spirit?  How does it connect with the body?  Here is my sermon today on this from 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (c.f. Deuteronomy 6:1-9).

God bless, Pastor Haydn.

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29th of April 2018 Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – What is Church?: Holding Fast

Getting into an expensive, privileged school is not meant to be an end in itself; it’s actually meant to be a means to an end (a decent job, etc).  So what it means to be a Christian: merely being saved and waiting to die and go to heaven – with no change in between those two events – is to miss the whole point of Christianity entirely.  We’re meant to be growing to be more like Jesus in the interim, which is what my sermon was about this morning from 2 Thessalonians 2:13-18 (c.f. Deuteronomy 28:1-14).

God bless, Pastor Haydn.

22nd of April 2018 Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – What is Church?: Yearning for God’s Justice

For Christians, deception about the return of Jesus Christ is dangerous and unproductive; nonetheless, Paul describes in broad brushstrokes what that day will look like.  It will be a bumpy ride, but the Christian will not be caught off-guard but make it through to the end, as long as he endures and keeps firm in the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God.  Here is my sermon on this from 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 (c.f. Daniel 7:1-10).  Other passages that are helpful to accompany this are Luke 17 and Matthew 24.

God bless, Pastor Haydn.

15 April 2018 Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – What is Church?: Yearning for God’s Justice

The people whom God has saved through Christ Jesus are meant to be growing to become ‘worthy of their calling’ – and thus fit for heaven.  Thankfully, God’s just wrath will be coming on the disobedient who disobey Jesus and attack His church.  This is something that will Christians can look forward to, because then they will be with Christ and His people, to worship God unhindered.  Here is my sermon on this today from 2 Thessalonians 1 (c.f. Psalm 109:1-13).

God bless, Pastor Haydn.

8 April 2018 Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – What is Church?: Whole Soul, Spirit, & Body

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.

25 March 2018 Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – What is Church?: A Godly Aspiration

Here’s a godly aspiration for the church:  put your head down, get to work, and look after yourself so you can look after others.  And when those in the church die, don’t worry: you’ll be reunited with them soon enough when Jesus returns again.  That is Paul’s message the Thessalonian church and here is my sermon on what it means for Christians today, that we may be the spiritual powerhouse that God wishes us to be (1 Thessalonians (데살로니가전서) 4:9-18, c.f. 1 Samuel 20:1-17).

God bless, Pastor Haydn Sennitt.

18 March 2018 Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – What is Church?: Love in Action

In this sixth part of my sermon series on Thessalonians, I look at how churches are established in holiness when they express love towards one another.  It is a beautiful picture of how holiness makes the church.  But not only that, God is watching how Christians live out their lives after salvation; He cares about that (not only ‘getting saved’) and will avenge any disobedience that thwarts our progress towards that end.  God takes our holiness so seriously, which is why Paul writes in 1 Thess. 4:7, “For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness”, and the writer of Hebrews wrote, “Pursue peace with all, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” (12:14).  Here is my sermon on this from 1 Thessalonians (데살로니가전서) 3:11-4:8 (c.f. Deuteronomy 6:4-12).

11 March 2018 Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – What is Church?: Being a Joy to Your Heavenly Father

When a church is pleasing to its pastor, it also pleases its heavenly Father.  When Paul shepherded the Thessalonian church, they weren’t just another social gathering, but like a much-loved infant (2:7, 11).  In fact, he went so far as to say that if they were not standing firm in the Lord, he didn’t want to live (3:8)!  This is the church’s purpose and destiny.  The church has largely lost its way in this respect, but as I point out in my sermon, it can get back to what it’s supposed to be in 1 Thessalonians (데살로니가전서) 3:1-10 (c.f. Psalm 16).

4 March 2018 Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – What is Church?: Being a Joy to Your Pastor

When a church heeds its pastor, not only does he experience joy but (more importantly) so does his congregation (Hebrews 13:17).  For Paul, the Thessalonian church was such a joy to him because they accepted his preaching as being from God (1 Thess. 2:13) and they even were denounced by their fellow Greeks.  That is just what Jesus their Saviour had suffered, and Paul couldn’t wait to see them again and be enthused again to keep sharing the Gospel.  But are all churches like this?  Sadly, no.  Here’s my sermon on 1 Thessalonians (데살로니가전서) 2:13-20 , c.f. 1 Kings 18:1-21 how they can be a joy to their pastors, as all churches are meant to be.

God bless, Pastor Haydn.