Sunday, October 1, 2017 —Mike Teel, Pastor
STRESS? WHO HAS STRESS?
When Your Comfort Zone Gets The Squeeze
KEY FOCAL PASSAGE: Proverbs 3:5-6 5Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
TODAY’S FOCAL PASSAGE: I Thessalonians 3:1-8
SUFFERING IS INEVITABLE
II Corinthians 4:7-10
II Corinthians 4:16
I Peter 4:12-13
I Peter 4:15-16
PAIN IS ESSENTIAL
Suffering is essential if we hope to become effective for God. A. W. Tozier said it like this: “It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.”
A BIBLICAL EXAMPLE
I Thessalonians 3:1-2
What was Timothy’s responsibility? 1) to STRENGTHEN the believers and 2) to ENCOURAGE them in their faith.
I Thessalonians 3:3-4
Remember I have been destined for this: (v. 3)
Second, remember we have been warned ahead of time: (v. 4)
REACTIONS TO AFFLICTION
1. Resentment toward former authority figure.
2. Isolate from Christian friends.
3. Begin to doubt what we were once taught.
LIVE IT OUT
Where are you this morning in your journey with Christ?
What will you begin to do about your struggles?