Ready Or Not! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 09/22/2019

Ready Or Not!

PASTOR JERRY GHIRARDO

Matthew 25:1-13

September 22nd, 2019

Verse of the Week

13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”

 ~ Matthew 25:13

1. To emphasize the point of being ready for his return, Jesus explains the parable of the TEN VIRGINS.

Matthew 25:1 – “At that time, the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.”

Matthew 25:2 – “Five of them were foolish and five of them were wise.”

2. Jesus explains what happens to the foolish servants who AREN’T READY when he returns.

Matthew 25:3 – “The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.” 

Matthew 25:7-8 – “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.  The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’”

Matthew 25:10 – “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived…  And the door was shut.”

Matthew 25:11 – “Later the others also came.  ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us.’”

Matthew 25:12 – “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you I don’t know you.’” 

3. Jesus explains what happens to the WISE SERVANTS who are ready for his return.

Matthew 25:4 – “The wise ones, however took oil in jars along with their lamps.”

Matthew 25:5 – “The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.”

Matthew 25:9 – “No, they replied, there might not be enough for both us and you.  Instead go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.”

Matthew 25:10 – “The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet.”

4.    Due to these drastic consequences, Jesus emphasizes the utmost importance in BEING READY for his return.

Matthew 25:11 –Therefore keep watch for you do not know the day or the hour.”

The Day And Hour Unknown! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 09/15/2019

The Day And Hour Unknown!

Pastor Jerry Ghirardo

Matthew 24:36-51

September 15th, 2019

Verse of the Week 

42 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”

~ Matthew 24:42

1.    No one KNOWS THE HOUR  of Christ’s return except the Father.

Matthew 24:36 – “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

Matthew 24:37-39 – “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.”

Matthew 24:40-41 – “Two men will be in the field, one will be taken and the other left.  Two women will be grinding with a hand mill, one will be taken and the other left.”

2.    We are supposed to KEEP WATCH for the Lord’s return.

Matthew 24:42 – “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”

Matthew 24:43 – “But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.” 

Revelation 16:15 – “Behold I come like a thief.  Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him.”

3.    The faithful servant will STAY ENGAGED for our Lord while he awaits His return.

Matthew 24:45 – “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?”

Matthew 24:46 – “It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.”

Matthew 24:47 – “Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.”

Matthew 24:50 – “The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.”

Matthew 24:51 – “He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

John 5:28-29 – “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out – those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.”

More Signs About The End Times! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 09/08/2019

More Signs About The End Times!

Pastor Jerry Ghirardo

Matthew 24:15-35

September 8th, 2019

Verse of the Week 

33 “Even so when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.”

~ Matthew 24:33

1.    In the last times there will be tremendous DISTRESS like never before.

Matthew 24:15-18 – “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel… - then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of his house.  Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak.”

Matthew 24:20-22 – “Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.  For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now – and never to be equaled again.  If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.”

Daniel 12:21 – “And from the time the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.”

2.    Don’t be deceived by FALSE Christs and false prophets.

Matthew 24:23 – “At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it.”

Matthew 24:24 – “For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect if possible.”

Matthew 24:25 – “See I have told you ahead of time.”

3.    At that time the SIGN OF THE SON OF MAN will appear in the sky and all will witness it.

Matthew 24:27 – “For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”

Matthew 24:30-31 – “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn.  They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.  And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather the elect from the four winds, from one end of the heaven to the other.” 

4.    When you witness these last signs you will know that the day of the LORD’S RETURN is at hand.

Matthew 24:32 – “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.” 

Matthew 24:33 – “Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.”

Matthew 24:34 – “I tell you the truth this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.”

Matthew 24:35 – “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

Signs Of The End Of The Age! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 09/01/2019

Signs Of The End Of The Age!

Pastor Jerry Ghirardo

Matthew 24:1-14

September 1st, 2019

Verse of the Week 

3 “Tell us,” they said, “When will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 

~ Matthew 24:3

Matthew 24:1-2 “Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to the buildings.  “Do you see all these things?” he asked.  “Truly I tell you, not one stone will be left on another, everyone will be thrown down.”

Matthew 24:3 “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately.  “Tell us, they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

Matthew 24:4-5 – Jesus answered, “Watch out that no one deceives you.  For many will come in my name, claiming, “I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.”

Matthew 24:6 – “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed.  Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.”

Matthew 24:7 – “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.”

Matthew 24:8 – “All these are the beginning of birth pains.”

Matthew 24:9 – “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.”

Matthew 24:10 – “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other…”

Matthew 24:11 – “… many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.”  

Matthew 24:12-13 – “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

Matthew 24:14 – “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

Coming Of The Antichrist! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 08/25/2019

Coming Of The Antichrist!

Pastor Jerry Ghirardo

2 Thessalonians 2:5-12

August 25th, 2019

Verse of the Week 

8 “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.”

~ 2 Thessalonians 2:8

1.    At the appointed time, the force that is restraining the man of lawlessness will be REMOVED.

2 Thessalonians 2:6 – “And now you know what is holding him back so that he may be revealed at the proper time.”

2 Thessalonians 2:7 – “For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work, but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.”

2.    Then the Antichrist will be revealed and the Lord Jesus will return and OVERTHROW him.

2 Thessalonians 2:8 – “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.”

Daniel 7:26 – “But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever.  Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High.  His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.”

Revelation 19:20 – “But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf.  With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.  The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.”

3.    The coming of the Antichrist will be aided by SATAN and will be accompanied by all types of signs and wonders. 

2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 – “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works.  He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing.”

Revelation 13:13-14 – “And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people.  Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth.”

4.    Many will perish due to this DECEPTION because they refused to love the truth.

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 – “…They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  For this reason, God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”

Jeremiah 6:10 – “The word of the Lord is offensive to them and they find no pleasure in it.”

The Man Of Lawlessness! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 08/18/2019

The Man Of Lawlessness!

Pastor Jerry Ghirardo

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4

August 18th, 2019

Verse of the Week 

3 “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed.”

~ 2 Thessalonians 2:3

1.  Paul provides REASSURANCE about the second coming of Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 – “Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us – whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter – asserting that the day of the Lord has already come.”

Mark 13:26-27 – “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.  And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.”

1 Thessalonians 4:15-16 – “According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” 

2.  Paul warns the disciples not to be DECEIVED.

2 Thessalonians 2:3 – “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.”

Matthew 24:4-5, 10-11 – “Watch out that no one deceives you.  For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many… At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.”

Matthew 24:24 – “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”

2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 – “The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.”

3.  Paul forewarns the disciples that an EVIL RULER, a man of lawlessness, will emerge prior to the return of Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:4 – “He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple proclaiming himself to be God.”

Daniel 7:25 – “He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws.  The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.”

Daniel 11:36 – “The king will do as he pleases.  He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of-things against the God of gods.”

Revelation 13:5-6, 8 – “The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for 42 months.  It opened it’s mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and the dwelling place and those who live in heaven… All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast – all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.”

Call To Glorify Christ! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 08/11/2019

Call To Glorify Christ!

Pastor Jerry Ghirardo

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 

August 11th, 2019

Verse of the Week 

12 “We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus May be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

~ 2 Thessalonians 1:12

1.    Paul prays that each of us would fulfill our CALLING in Christ.

2 Thessalonians 1:11 – “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of your calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.”

Ephesians 4:1 – “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”

2 Thessalonians 2:14 – “He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 John 5:10 – “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 

2.    Our main purpose in life is to bring GLORY to Christ.

2 Thessalonians 1:12 – “We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Matthew 5:16 – “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

John 15:8 – “This is to my Father’s glory that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

John 13:31 – “…Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him.” 

Beware God’s Wrath! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 08/04/2019

Beware God’s Wrath!

August 4th, 2019 

2 Thessalonians 1:8-10

Verse of the Week 

8 “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.”

~ 2 Thessalonians 1:8

1.    The Lord will punish those who do not know God with an EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT.

2 Thessalonians 1:8 – “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Thessalonians 1:9 – “They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might…”

2 Peter 2:4-9 – “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment… then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.”

 

2.    The punishment is reserved for the DAY OF JUDGMENT.

2 Thessalonians 1:9-10 – “…And shut out from the presence of the Lord… on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed.  This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.”

Acts 17:31 – “For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed.  He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.” 

Revelation 20:11-15 – “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it… the dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books… Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” 

Heaven – Our True Home! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 07/28/2019

Heaven – Our True Home!

JULY 28th 2019 

Verse of the Week 

2 “In my Father’s house are many rooms... 3 I am going there to prepare a place for you... I will come back to take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

 ~ John 14:2-3

1.    Lord Jesus went to prepare a PLACE for us.

John 14:2-3 – “In my Father’s house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

Heaven is real – there are over 500 references in Scripture to “heaven.” 

2.    Heaven is a true PARADISE.

1 Corinthians 2:9 – “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived – the things that God has prepared for those who love him.”

Revelation 21:1-2 – “Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” 

Revelation 22:1-5 – Eden is restored.  “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city… There will be no more night.  They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.  And they will reign for ever and ever.”

3.    We long to be with Christ for we BELONG to Him.

Philippians 1:23 – “…I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far…”

Psalm 73:25 – “Whom have I in heaven but You?  And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.”

Psalm 42:2 – “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?”

4.    We long for HEAVEN since it is our true home. 

Hebrews 11:13-16 – “All these people were still living by faith when they died.  They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth… Instead, they were longing for a better country – a heavenly one.  Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” 

Philippians 3:20 – “But our citizenship is in heaven.  And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

We Mourn With Those Who Mourn! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 07/21/2019

We Mourn With Those Who Mourn!

July 21st, 2019 

Verse of the Week 

15 “Rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn.”

~ Romans 12:15

1.    The Lord COMFORTS us when we mourn.

Matthew 5:4 – “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.”

2.    We STAND with those who mourn.

Romans 12:15 – “Rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn.”

3.    The Lord will wipe every TEAR from our eyes.

Revelation 21:4 – “He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

4.    Thanks to Christ we have HOPE that transcends death.

1 Thessalonians 4:13 – “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind who have no hope.”

More! * Pastor Pat McCornack * 07/14/2019

More!

July 14th, 2019 

Verse of the Week 

20 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”

~ Ephesians 3:20

1.    Ephesians 2:7 – 7 “In order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

2.    Matthew 7:7-11 – 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.  9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

3.    Psalm 139:13,15-16 – 13 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

4.    Jeremiah 29:11 – 11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

5.    Ephesians 2:10 – 10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

6.    Philippians 1:6 – 6 “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

7.    Romans 8:29-30 – 29 “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”

8.    1 John 3:2 – 2 “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.  But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”

9.    Isaiah 9:7 – 7 “Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.  He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.  The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”

10.  1 Corinthians 3:7 – 7 “So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.”

11.  Nehemiah 8:10 – 10 “Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

12.  Hebrews 13:20-21 – 21 “May the God of peace…equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.  Amen.”

13.  Mark 10:29-30 – 29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields — along with persecutions — and in the age to come eternal life.”

14.  1 Corinthians 12:18 – 18 “But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.”

15.  Colossians 1:10 – 10 “So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”

16.  1 Thessalonians 3:12 – 12 “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.”

God Is Just! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 07/07/2019

God Is Just!

2 Thessalonians 1:5-7

July 7th, 2019 

Verse of the Week 

6 “God is just:  He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well.”

~ 2 Thessalonians 1:6-7

1.    God is RIGHTEOUS in his judgment.

2 Thessalonians 1:5 – “All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right…”

Psalm 9:8 – “And he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness.”

2.    Through our suffering we demonstrate that we are WORTHY of God’s kingdom.

2 Thessalonians 1:5 – “…And as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.”

Acts 5:41 – “The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.”

3.    The Lord will PUNISH those who create problems for us.

2 Thessalonians 1:6 – “God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you.”

2 Peter 2:13 – “They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done.”

Romans 12:19 – “Behold, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

4.    The Lord will give RELIEF to those of us who are troubled.

2 Thessalonians 1:7 – “And give relief to you who are troubled.”

2 Peter 2:9 – “If this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.”

Introduction to 2 Thessalonians! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 06/30/2019

Introduction to 2 Thessalonians!

2 Thessalonians 1:1-4

June 30th, 2019 

Verse of the Week 

4 “Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.” 

~ 2 Thessalonians 1:4

1.    Paul wrote this 2nd letter to the Thessalonians to CLARIFY certain misunderstandings from his 1st letter.

This letter was written shortly after the first letter around AD 50.

2 Thessalonians 2:1 – “Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come.”

From the very beginning, God’s holy scripture has often been misunderstood.  This letter is perfect evidence.  We have to be very careful to interpret all of Scripture very carefully or it could lead to error, confusion, and concern.

2.    Paul offers a sweet SALUTATION and THANKSGIVING for the Church at Thessalonica.

2 Thessalonians 2:1 – “Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Thessalonians 2:2 – “Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Thessalonians 2:3 – “We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.”

3.    Paul commends the Church for PERSEVERING through serious PERSECUTION.

2 Thessalonians 2:4 – “Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.”

James 1:12 – “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” 

Romans 5:3-4 – “We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.”

1 Peter 5:10-11 – “In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus.  So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.”

Sanctification! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 06/23/2019

Sanctification!

I Thessalonians 5:23-28

June 23rd, 2019 

Verse of the Week 

23 “May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus.”

~ I Thessalonians 5:23

1.    The Lord will continue to SANCTIFY us through and through.

I Thessalonians 5:23 – “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through…”

I Thessalonians 5:23 – “May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus.”

2 Thessalonians 2:13 – “…Because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.”

1 Peter 1:2 – “Who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit…”

2 Timothy 2:21 – “Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the master and prepared to do any good work.”

I Thessalonians 5:24 – “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”

Philippians 1:6 – “…Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

2.    Paul’s closing salutation is full of LOVE and GRACE!

I Thessalonians 5:25 – “Brothers and Sisters, pray for us.”

I Thessalonians 5:26 – “Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss.”

I Thessalonians 5:27 – “I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.”

I Thessalonians 5:28 – “The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”

Ephesians 6:24 – “Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.”

Galatians 6:18 – “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters.  Amen.”

2 Corinthians 13:14 – “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

Final Instructions! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 06/16/2019

Final Instructions!

I Thessalonians 5:16-22

June 16th, 2019 

Verse of the Week 

16 “Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

~ I Thessalonians 5:16-18

1.    Paul gives us practical and profound INSTRUCTIONS to live in accordance with God’s will.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 – “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:4 – “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

Colossians 1:12 – “And giving joyful thanks to the Father…”

1 Chronicles 16:34 – “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever.”

Colossians 4:2 – “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

Romans 12:12 – “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

1 Chronicles 16:34 – “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever.”

Colossians 3:15 – “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  And be thankful.”

2.    Be sure not to QUENCH the Spirit!

I Thessalonians 5:19 – “Do not quench the Spirit.”

I Thessalonians 5:20 – “Do not treat prophecies with contempt.”

I Thessalonians 5:21 – “But test them all; hold on to what is good.”

I Thessalonians 5:22 – “Reject every kind of evil.”

Ephesians 4:30 – “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

1 John 4:1 – “…Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.  This is the spirit of antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.”

2 Peter 1:21 – “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

Revelation 19:10 – “For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.”

Showing Love and Appreciation! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 06/09/2019

Showing Love and Appreciation!

I Thessalonians 5:12-15

June 9th, 2019 

Verse of the Week 

“…Always strive to do what is good for each other and everyone else.”

~ I Thessalonians 5:15

 

1.    Paul instructs us to show APPRECIATION for those who serve Christ.

I Thessalonians 5:12 – “Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you.”

I Thessalonians 5:13 – “Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work...”

1 Corinthians 16:15 – “…I urge, you, brothers and sisters, to submit to such people and to everyone who joins in the work and labors at it… For they refreshed my spirit and yours also.  Such men deserve recognition.”

Philippians 1:3-5 – “I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you.  I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” 

2.    Paul provides a list of instructions on how to TAKE CARE of each other.

I Thessalonians 5:14 – “And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.”

II Thessalonians 3:6 – “…We command you to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.”

Hebrews 3:13 – “Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called, ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”

Isaiah 35:3 – “Encourage the exhausted and strengthen the feeble.”

Romans 15:1 – Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength not just to please ourselves.”

Ephesians 4:2 – “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

3.    Paul urges believers to FORGIVE each other and DO GOOD to everyone.

I Thessalonians 5:15 – “Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.”

I Peter 3:9 – “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult.  On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”

Romans 12:7 – “Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.”

Ephesians 4:32 – “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”

Hebrews 10:24 – “And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works.”

The Day Of The Lord! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 06/02/2019

The Day Of The Lord!

I Thessalonians 5:1-11

June 2nd, 2019

Verse of the Week

“Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”

~ I Thessalonians 5:1

1.    No one KNOWS the day or the hour when the Lord will return.

I Thessalonians 5:1-2 – “Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”

I Thessalonians 5:3 – While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.”

2 Peter 3:10 – “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.  The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.”

Matthew 24:36 – “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven or the Son, but only the Father.” 

2.    But the Day of the Lord should not SURPRISE us. 

I Thessalonians 5:4 – “But you brothers and sisters are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.”

Matthew 24:32-33 – “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree.  As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out you know that summer is near.  Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.”

1 Thessalonians 5:5 – “You are all children of the light and children of the day.  We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.”

1 Thessalonians 5:6 – “So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep but let us be awake and sober.”

1 Thessalonians 5:8 – “But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.”

3.    We are not destined to SUFFER God’s wrath but to receive SALVATION and live forever with him.

I Thessalonians 5:9 – “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I Thessalonians 5:10 – “He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.” 

I Thessalonians 5:11 – “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

The Rapture – Ready Or Not! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 05/26/2019

The Rapture – Ready Or Not!

I Thessalonians 4:13-18

May 26th, 2019

Verse of the Week

“After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.”

~ I Thessalonians 4:17

1.    Jesus will RESURRECT all those who have died in Christ to be with him forever.

I Thessalonians 4:13 – “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.” 

I Thessalonians 4:14 – “For we believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.”

1 Corinthians 15:54-55 – “Death has been swallowed up in victory.  ‘Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?’”

John 14:3 – “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

2.    Jesus will raise first those who have FALLEN ASLEEP in Christ.

I Thessalonians 4:15 – “According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.”

I Thessalonians 4:16 – “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.”

3.    Then Jesus will also RAISE us to be with him in the air.

I Thessalonians 4:17 – “After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so, we will be with the Lord forever.”

I Corinthians 15:51-52 – “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”

Hebrews 9:28 – “So Christ having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.”

4.    The rapture will be SUDDEN and could happen at any time!

Luke 12:40 – “You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Luke 17:34-37 – “I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed, one will be taken and the other left.  Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.”

Living To Please God! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 05/19/2019

Living To Please God!

I Thessalonians 4:1-12

May 19th, 2019

Verse of the Week

“Finally, Brothers we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living.”

~ I Thessalonians 4:1

1.    We have an unbelievable privilege to orient our lives to PLEASE God.

I Thessalonians 4:1 – “Finally, Brothers we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living.  Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.”

I Thessalonians 4:2 – “For we know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.”

Hebrews 11:5 – “By faith Enoch was taken from this life… For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.”

Ephesians 5:8-10 – “For you were once in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.”

Romans 12:1 – “I urge you… to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.”

2.    God commands us to be PURE and lead HOLY lives.

I Thessalonians 4:3 – “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality.”

I Thessalonians 4:4-5 – “That each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God…”

I Corinthians 6:18-20 – “Flee from sexual immorality.  All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.  Do you not know that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit…?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

Colossians 3:5 – “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature; sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.”

I Thessalonians 4:6-7 – “The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins… For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.”  

I Thessalonians 4:7 – “Therefore anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you the Holy Spirit.”

3.  Paul encourages us to GROW in our love for one another.

I Thessalonians 4:9 – “Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.”

I Thessalonians 4:10 – “And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia.  Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more…”

I Thessalonians 4:11 – “And to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business… so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders…”

Timothy’s Encouraging Report! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 05/12/2019

Timothy’s Encouraging Report!

I Thessalonians Chapter 3

May 12th, 2019

Verse of the Week

“But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love.”

~ I Thessalonians 3:6

1.    Paul sends Timothy to STRENGTHEN and ENCOURAGE the Thessalonians.

I Thessalonians 3:2 – “We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith.”

Hebrews 10:24-25 – “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

I Thessalonians 3:3 – “So that no one would be unsettled by these trials.  For you know quite well that we are destined for them.”

I Thessalonians 3:4 – “When we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted.”

I Thessalonians 3:5 – “For this reason when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith.”

2.  Timothy returns with an ENCOURAGING Report.

I Thessalonians 3:6 – “But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love.  He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we long to see you.”

Romans 1:11-12 – “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”

I Thessalonians 3:7 – “Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.”

I Thessalonians 3:8 – “For now we really live since you are standing firm in the Lord.”

I Thessalonians 3:9 – “How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?”

I Thessalonians 3:10 – “Night and day, we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.”

3.    Paul’S BENEDICTION for the Thessalonians.

I Thessalonians 3:11 – “Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you.”

I Thessalonians 3:12 – “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.”

I Thessalonians 3:13 – “May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.”