Committed to fix your heart – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon titled Committed to Fix your hearts focusing on 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
ICEBREAKER: What were some of your childhood hobbies?
1. There appears to be a correlation between “giving thanks” and “joy”. Four times in 1 Thessalonians, Paul gave thanks for others [1:2; 2:13; 3:9; 5:18], and experienced joy another four times [1:6; 2:19, 2:20; 3:9]. From these verses, what is the correlation, and how has thanksgiving produced joy in your life and ministry?
2. What are some factors that could contribute to a lack in one’s faith [3:10]? Examine texts such as Matthew 6:30, Matthew 14:31, Mark 4:40, Luke 22:32 and Romans 14:1 for insights.
3. What principles of prayer do you learn from Paul’s example in 1 Thessalonians 3:10-11?
4. What are the effects of abounding love for one another [1Thessalonians 3:12]? To answer, consider such texts as John 13:34-35, Romans 13:8, Ephesians 4:2, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 John 4:7, and 1 John 4:12.
5. God is at work to strengthen/establish our hearts [1 Thessalonians 3:13]. How does He accomplish this [3:12], and what are the results [3:13]?
6. How does the assurance that you will be blameless and holy in God’s sight get you through the trials of today and give you hope for the future [1 Thessalonians 3:13]?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart – so will you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” (Andrew Murray)