Can Our Church Please God?
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Taylor Mendoza, Student Ministry Director
Introduction: Can a believer please God? Or can a church bring delight to God? Many people don’t think so. A. W. Tozer once said, “From a failure to properly understand God comes a world of unhappiness among good Christians even today. The Christian life thought to be a glum, unrelieved cross-carrying under the eye of a stern Father who expects much and excuses nothing. He is austere, peevish, highly temperamental and extremely hard to please.” However, the apostle Paul lays forth a vision for pleasing God through our joy in him and our walk of faith.
1. “The opposition was so strong from nearly all, and many of them warm Christian friends, that I was sorely tempted to question whether I was carrying out the Divine will, or only some headstrong wish of my own. This also caused me much anxiety, and drove me close to God in prayer.” – John G. Paton
2. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:1.
3. Main Point: Pleasing God by enjoying God and obeying God.
4. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:2.
5. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:3a.
6. “So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him. …” – Colossians 1:10
7. “Being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.” – Colossians 1:11
8. “We exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.” – 1 Thess. 2:12
9. “But you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” – John 10:26-27
10. “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” – Luke 12:32
11. “From a failure to properly understand God comes a world of unhappiness among good Christians even today. The Christian life is thought to be a glum, unrelieved cross- carrying under the eye of a stern Father who expects much and excuses nothing. He is austere, peevish, and highly temperamental and extremely hard to please.” – A. W. Tozer
Read 1 Thessalonians 4:4-5.
13. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:6.
Read 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8.
15. Application 01. Separate from ALL sexual activity outside the boundaries of a marriage between a husband and a wife.
16. Application 02. Have a risk-taking and expansive faith.
17. “I do not regret leaving home and friends. If I had it to do over, I would do it with more pleasure, yes, with all my heart.” – Mary Ann Paton