July 29, 2018

Grateful for Gospel Growth

Bible Text: 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4 |

Billy Graham once said that “a spirit of thankfulness is one of the most distinctive marks of a Christian whose heart is attuned to the Lord,” and I think he is on to something with that statement. So what are you most grateful to God for? What triggers thankfulness in your heart? These are important questions for each of us to consider, because the truth of the matter is that what I most consistently thank God for reveals what I most highly value.

This weekend we are going to study the apostle Paul’s words in 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4. In the opening section of this letter to a church he dearly loves, Paul expresses gratitude for the evidence of gospel growth in their lives; he thanks God for several clear signs of spiritual transformation. What an encouragement this must have been for the believers in Thessalonica to read! And in so doing, he sets an example for our own expressions of gratitude today.

Sermon Notes

Grateful for Gospel Growth
Pastor Dan Brubacher
2 Thessalonians 1:3-4
July 29, 2018

What I most consistently thank God for reveals what I most highly value.

I should thank God for evidence of gospel growth.

• Flourishing faith (v. 3a)

• Abounding love (v. 3b)

• Unwavering perseverance (v. 4)