Taking New Territory in Troubling Times
Taking New Territory in Troubling Times is our new series based on the book of 1 Thessalonians. The first-century Thessalonian church is a perfect role model for what the Church needs to be today. This book study is going to give us great vision, inspiration, and education for what our lives can and should look like for the glory of God, even in troubling times.
Taking New Territory in Troubling Times // Part 13
Pastor Rob Rogers | August 2, 2020
Pastor Rob returns to the pulpit to wrap up our series, Taking New Territory in Troubling Times. In the ending passage of 1 Thessalonians, Paul speaks about the huge theological concept of sanctification. Pastor Rob breaks that down into three parts: the sanctification of the saints, the sickness of the soul, and the security of the Gospel. If you’re discouraged because you’re not as far along as you feel like you should be and you’re still wrestling and struggling to overcome some sin you thought was gone long ago, remember that He’s not finished with you yet!
Taking New Territory in Troubling Times // Part 12
Pastor Steve Berger | July 19, 2020
In Part 12, Pastor Steve speaks on three ingredients that may challenge our natural sensibilities, yet must be practiced if we are going to live a thriving, powerful, Christian life: rejoicing always + praying without ceasing + giving thanks in everything. Pastor Steve also dissects a prayer from Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles where we see 5 powerful keys to prayer – possession, power, promise, problem, and pursuit – that produce a new promise, a new worship experience, and a miraculous victory.
Taking New Territory in Troubling Times // Part 11
Pastor Rob Rogers | July 12, 2020
How many of you would rather be known for how you live than what you think? How many of you would rather be known for your deeds than your words? In Part 11 of Taking New Territory in Troubling Times, Pastor Rob speaks on the leaders above us, the struggling among us, and the enemies against us. The entirety of 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15 is a reminder that our responsibility as followers of Christ toward those within and outside the Church is to love.
Taking New Territory in Troubling Times // Part 10
Pastor Steve Berger | July 5, 2020
In Part 10, Pastor Steve is in chapter 5 of 1 Thessalonians and speaks on the importance of faith, love, and hope in our lives! Faith, love, and hope are spiritual weapons available for the spiritual battle Believers find themselves in and can be used both offensively and defensively. For many during this difficult time, these things have decreased. It’s time to put on our breastplate of faith and love, and our helmet of hope in God’s salvation, and comfort and edify one another with these truths!
Taking New Territory in Troubling Times // Part 9
Pastor Steve Berger | June 28, 2020
In Part 9, Pastor Steve returns to the pulpit to speak on the “times and seasons” in which we live, the reaction from unbelievers about believers watching for the end times, and the response from the Church. Our watching and understanding need to be deeper than an occasional headline and beyond our bubble; it needs to be community-wide, state-wide, national, and global. We need to pay attention to what’s going on and see it in the scriptures!
Taking New Territory in Troubling Times // Part 8
Pastor Rob Rogers | June 21, 2020
In Part 8, Pastor Rob brings some good news out of 1 Thessalonians 4 – The Christian’s Hope in Eternity. He talks about the rage against death, the hope for Life, and being “people of the day.” We’re called to be good news people in a bad news world. Christians ought to be people who are not overcome by evil but overwhelmed with Joy – people who keep our eyes on what awaits us.
Taking New Territory in Troubling Times // Part 7
Pastor Rob Rogers | June 14, 2020
In Part 7, Pastor Rob deals with the issue of idleness, something all of us have experienced in the last 3 months while in quarantine. Paul addressed this very issue in the 1st century and the Holy Spirit gives the antidote in 1 Thessalonians 4 – live quietly, mind your business, and get to work (positive effort put toward the common good of the community). What powerful concepts to put into practice as we navigate the difficult, constant-news-cycle days in which we live.
Sins That Destroy, Solutions That Save
Pastor Steve Berger | June 7, 2020
In light of all the turmoil happening in the United States, particularly with regards to George Floyd’s murder and resulting protests and riots, Pastor Steve brings a message with Biblical solutions that can save us. He first identifies six sins that are killing us: ignorance, unrighteous anger, exaggeration, lies, extremism, and violence. The solutions are to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before God and others. Regardless of side, we need to commit to Righteousness over Race, Truth over Tribes, and Piety over Party.
Taking New Territory in Troubling Times // Part 5
Pastor Steve Berger | May 24, 2020
In Part 5, Pastor Steve returns to the pulpit to talk about Satan’s work to disrupt and divide relationships in the body of Christ. He knows a house divided will not stand, so He tries to disrupt and divide us, knowing we’ll be unable to stand in the fullness of God’s will for the church. Relational problems in the family will prevent us from taking new territory in troubling times! Let’s not forfeit the power, favor, testimony, blessing, and glory by falling prey to Satan’s hindering, tempting schemes.
Taking New Territory in Troubling Times // Part 4
Pastor Rob Rogers | May 17, 2020
In Part 4, Pastor Rob talks about receiving the Word, believing the Word, and obeying the Word – three profound truths out of the 2nd chapter of 1 Thessalonians that are all necessary for us to mature in our walk. We must be a people who read the Word regularly, relationally, and expectantly, believing that God will meet us right at that place. It is not enough to just read and believe the Word, we must be a people who are “doers” of the Word.
Taking New Territory in Troubling Times // Part 3
Pastor Rob Rogers | May 10, 2020
In Part 3, Pastor Rob dives into chapter two of 1 Thessalonians and speaks on Paul’s message, Paul’s motive, and Paul’s method. Paul’s message was built on helping people follow Christ, not himself. May we walk worthy of God who calls us into His own Kingdom and glory.
Taking New Territory in Troubling Times // Part 2
Pastor Steve Berger | May 3, 2020
Covering the first 10 verses of 1 Thessalonians, Pastor Steve breaks down and explains each verse. Three principles are bookends for this chapter: we start by turning to God from idols, we continue through life by serving the true and living God with a labor of love, and we patiently wait, with a hopeful expectation, of the glorious return of Jesus who delivers us from wrath and gives us Heaven’s glory!
Taking New Territory in Troubling Times // Part 1
Pastor Steve Berger | April 26, 2020
In Part 1, Pastor Steve lays a foundation for our new study and provides some key historical information regarding the Church during the time of Paul’s writing of 1 Thessalonians. Paul realized that you can’t take new territory in troubling times if you are satisfied with how far you have come, what you have accomplished, or where you’re currently at (no matter how impressive it might be or sound). It is time to take new territory!