A Challenge to Believers Pastor Billy Robertson 6 September 2015
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 Comfort and establish, the Word and the work ~ 2 Thessalonians is a book of admonitions, warnings, and glorious promises.  In these chapters Paul calls on believers to look up and be realistic in dealing with the problems of their day, and to know there is a consequence for each choice, both reward and punishment. Paul was a balanced Christian, who could confront the naysayer, work with the downtrodden, and keep the message of the Gospel ever before him and all who knew him.  He was learned, spiritual, understood his times, involved, practical, and unwilling to compromise his strongly held and proven beliefs.  We are to look to Paul and his teaching, to his encouragements, to his epistles, and hold fast to the things we have been taught by Jesus and His followers. Pastor Billy reminds us, too, that the Apostle most of all wanted believers both then and now to be hopeful and expectant when looking forward to heavenly rewards and realistic and practical while living on this earthly plane... we are to be balanced Christians... hopeful, expectant, willing to be involved, and worthy of the work and the Word which establishes us. 2Th 2:15-17  “Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.  Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,  Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” 

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