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Faith and Love in the Mess (1 Thessalonians 3:1–13)

A sermon preached at Lower Mountains Anglican Parish on 1 August 2021 in the middle of a Covid lockdown in Greater Sydney.

This sermon emphasises the why and how of faith and love in the mess of the world – COVID or not. Christian encouragement really matters, where standing firm in your faith is one of the greatest encouragements. Prayer is also our first and last resort – this should not be forgotten in a world of suffering!

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  1. The mess
  2. Until Jesus returns, suffering is normal (3-4)
  3. Even when it’s messy and hard, Christian encouragement really matters (1–5)
  4. Holding on to Jesus is a powerful encouragement to others (6–10)
  5. Prayer is our first and last resort (11–13)

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  • Lionel J. Windsor, "Obedience and Submission in 1 Peter", The Global Anglican 136/2 (2022): 126–144

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