Summary: Part 1 of a 2-part sermon. Paul explained that Grief, for the Thessalonian Christians, was qualitatively different from that of unbelievers. Grief is a gauge/measure of spirituality. Grief Is a gauge of godliness when...
GAUGING YOUR GRIEF-I—1Thessalonians 4:13—15:11
Grief Set Free—Grief Relief—Grief as a Gauge of Godliness
Grief over the loss of other brothers & sisters in Christ can be a gauge of your relationship with God.
Paul explained that Grief, for the Thessalonian Christians, was qualitatively different from that of unbelievers.
Grief is a gauge/measure of spirituality.
How is grief a gauge of spirituality?
1—Grief is a gauge of godliness when...
It CHALLENGES OTHERS(:13)
:13—“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope.”
*The way Christians grieve offers a challenge to those without Christ & those who’s faith is nominal!
“Uninformed/Ignorant”—??????—To be ignorant, not to know; Not to understand, unknown; To err or sin through mistake, to be wrong.
—Christians can be either informed or ignorant. Removal of ignorance directly influences the manner in which one grieves. It directly influences one’s grasp of the eternal nature of those who have died professing Christ.
“Asleep”—??????—To cause to sleep, put to sleep; Metaph.—To still, calm, quiet—To fall asleep, to sleep—To die.
“Grieve/Sorrow”—?????—To make sorrowful; To affect with sadness, cause grief, to throw into sorrow; To grieve, offend; To make one uneasy, cause him a scruple.
—People are ultimately classed in two categories....Christians & “the rest”(non-Christians). Christians have hope. Non-Christians have no hope.
*The true challenge—Directed toward those without hope.
“Who have no hope”—No eternal assurance
—Christians are called to & sustained in a grief that is cushioned & tempered by “hope” which the world does not have apart from mere pretense.
1Pet. 3:14-16—“But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness & reverence; & keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.”
*Grief forces us to “give an account for the hope tha is in” us!
Lawns/Well-landscaped-kept/CHALLENGE to OTHERS
Work ethic/CHALLENGE to OTHERS
Christian funeral/Character is one of remembrance as well as eternal joy/A CHALLENGE to OTHERS without it!
RA Racer meet/Design is a CHALLENGE to OTHERS
?Your grief offer a CHALLENGE to others?
?How is your grief a gauge of godliness?
2—Grief is a gauge of godliness when...
It Emulates RESURRECTION(:14)
:14—“For if we believe that Jesus died & rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
“Bring with”—In like manner as He.
1Jn. 3:2-3—“Beloved, now we are children of God, & it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”