1 Thessalonians

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    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3 The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

Over the last three weeks I have been presenting some of the main purposes of God’s church.  As I travel around and speak about the Uncommon Church I am always surprised to learn how many churches don’t understand what the most basic and fundamental purposes of God’s church are. So these posts have been my effort to share nine of them.  In my first post I talked about the purpose of producing disciple, providing resources, and proclaiming the gospel. In my second post I talked about the church’s responsibility to propel missionaries, present proof, and practice holiness.  Today I would like to briefly discuss the last three. To Pray- Every Christian knows that they are suppose to pray, and most of us do.  But I am talking about focused corporate prayer here in this post.  I believe that God hears all of our prayers but He does something special when a church practices uncommon prayer together. In my book The Uncommon Church I talk in detail about the power of uncommon prayer.  When the body of Christ unites together in prayer many wonderful things happen.  We see this in scripture in places like 1 Thessalonians 5:25 when Paul urged the church to pray for him and his companions.  In Acts 12 we see an amazing miracle in the form of a prison escape for Peter and we learn that the church was gathered in prayer for him during his captivity. As individuals we must pray, and as a church body we must pray as well.  Churches should make it a priority to unite their minds and hearts in prayer! To Protect- 1 Peter 5:8 tells us that our enemy is a predator on the prowl!  Like […]

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    The Purpose Of The Church Part 2 The Purpose Of The Church Part 2

    The Purpose Of The Church Part 2

The Purpose Of The Church Part 2

Last week I posted three things that I believe all churches should be focused on and dedicated to. Over the years I have noticed that almost all churches are full of great people, and lead by very dedicated, and devoted leaders.  However over time it is easy to forget what the purpose of the church actually is.  There are so many good things that churches focus on, that have little or no impact on the Kingdom of God. Why?  Because they are not part of God’s purpose for the church.  The list I am providing here is not meant to be an exhaustive list, and the things mentioned are in no particular order.  I simply feel that churches should carefully consider what their purpose is, and then fulfill that purpose.  If you have other things you feel should be mentioned by all means feel free to make a comment down below.  Here are three more things to think about when it comes to the purpose of the church. The purpose of the church is to… Propel Missionaries –  Throughout the book of Acts and indeed the New Testament we see God using churches to propel missionaries like Paul, Barnabas, Timothy, and many others throughout the world.  This should still be one of the primary purposes of all churches.  We must remain focused on the task to winning the world to Christ.  God calls people to the mission field and he calls churches to equip, support, pray for, and provide for those missionaries needs.  The missionary on the field is far less effective without the support of the local church. Many churches today have elected to only support missions through cooperative giving through their denomination.  This […]

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    Surviving the Drought Surviving the Drought

    Surviving the Drought

Surviving the Drought

It’s dry again!  It seems like it’s always dry here in South Texas.  Dry times bring about many hardships for those who depend on the rain for their livelihood.  When the rain fails to fall from the sky it seems like everyone suffers.  For some the struggle is keeping the animals feed or crops alive.  While others deal with water restrictions that effect business, and personal comfort.  The bottom line is when its dry things are harder. Many have experienced what we might call a spiritual drought as well.  Maybe you are even in one of those times right now.  These times are marked by our difficulty to hear and understand God.  They may be marked by personal, financial, or moral failures we bring on ourselves. Sometimes we simply lose step with God and as a result we find ourselves in a dry place spiritually, longing once again to live in the oasis of God’s grace.  If you are not in a spiritual drought today, you will likely experience a time like this before you life is over.  I don’t think I have ever known a single honest Christian that had never been through a rough, dry, hard time spiritually.  But the good news is you can survive a spiritual drought.  I have been there, and while in the spiritual desert I learned some valuable lessons that perhaps will help you during your own dry time.  Here are a few of the lessons I learned, when it come to surviving a spiritual drought. Seek the right source– When things get hard spiritually it is critical that you continue to seek Christ.  Resist the temptation to allow your flesh to rule.  When we become spiritually dry […]

Is The Devil In Your Church? (Day 41 1Thessalonians 3:5 NET)

“So when I could bear it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith, for fear that the tempter somehow tempted you and our toil had proven useless.” (1Thessalonians 3:5 NET) Have you ever stopped to consider if the Devil was actively involved in the life of your church?  For some reason many church leaders and church members have incorrectly assumed that just because the church belongs to God the devil will leave it alone.  They are wrong!  In fact, if you stop and think about it the very thing that makes us feel safe in the church from the devil’s attack are actually what makes the church vulnerable.  The church is more likely to be attacked because the devil is opposed to all things that are Holy, right, pleasing, and praiseworthy.  This is why he wants to destroy your church.  Others know he is there, they see him working but they refuse to confront the issue or admit that there is a problem, once again incorrectly assuming that the devil will just get tired and leave.   The fact of the matter is, the devil is either in your church or trying to get in. Scripture declares that he was present and at work in no fewer than 7 New Testament churches. Paul also indicated that there was a good possibility that he was at work in an eighth church as well.  We read about that church today in The New Testament Challenge today, it was the church in Thessalonica. Below is a list of the churches we know the devil attacked. 1)   Jerusalem Acts 5:1–10 2)   Corinth 2 Cor. 2:1–11 3)   Ephesus 1 Tim. 3:6–7 4)   Smyrna Rev. 2:9–10 5)   Pergamum  Rev. 2:13 […]

I Miss You!

“But when we were separated from you, brothers and sisters, for a short time (in presence, not in affection) we became all the more fervent in our great desire to see you in person.” (1Thessalonians 2:17 NET)  It is difficult to imagine the circumstances that surrounded the missionary journeys of Paul.  One of the aspects of his ministry that many frequently forget, is the endless goodbye’s he experienced along the way.  In the scripture above we can hear the heart beat of Paul as he speaks about his great desire to once again be united with his friends in Thessalonica. Recently I took off work for two weeks for a family vacation to New Mexico.  During that short retreat I found myself regularly thinking about my friends back home.  I truly missed the staff at our church, who I have come to regard as some of my closest friends.  I missed seeing so many others in our congregation that come in each week for various meetings, Bible studies, and the countless short visits that I am engaged in throughout the week and on Sunday mornings.  I am so thankful to be a part of the family of God.  There is really nothing like being involved in church.  Paul knew this, the believers in Thessalonica knew it, and modern day believers know it as well. I truly can’t wait to be reunited with the believers at Cowboy Fellowship this coming weekend.  Like Paul, I desire to see them again in person.  I pray that you feel the same way when it comes to your own church family! Church is important for many reasons, it is more than just a place to learn about God, it is […]

1 Thessalonians Sermon Series

When the Apostle Paul wrote his first letter to the Thessalonians he likely never imagined the spiritual impact it would have on the world. This short letter contains great insights for both churches and individual disciples.  In 2010 I preached through the book of 1 Thessalonians verse by verse here at Cowboy Fellowship. This series really helped and changed many things in the lives of individuals and our church as a whole.  As a result I put all 26 messages on a 2 disc set to be shared with others.  You can listen to the messages for free on my website www.pastorpete.org or for convenience purchase a copy of the 2 disc set for yourself or someone you love.  Below you will see a short description of this sermon series. In these 26 Mp3 sermons Pastor Pete Pawelek brings a fresh and unique perspective to this ancient text.  From these messages you will be inspired, challenged, encouraged, and spiritually stirred. These sermons are delivered on two Mp3 discs.  Disc one contains the following messages: What-A-Church, The Method, The Message, The Model, Dare To Tell, Enough Already, How To Live, How To Deal, Paul’s Happy & Heavy Heart (Parts 1 & 2), I Really Do Care, Timothy, Delighted To See, and The Pursuit of Excellence. Disc Two contains the remaining twelve messages: Sex Sanctification & Salvation, Love, The Great Ambition, The Dead, The Christ, The Living, The Day of The Lord, Paul’s Final Thoughts on the Final Day, The Church, Every Hour of Everyday, What’s So Special About The Bible, and Set Apart. This set of sermons contains over sixteen hours or hard hitting, spiritually engaging, practical preaching. You will only find it through pastorpete.org.

Sex Education

As promised we wanted to give all of the parents in our congregation some tools to help you deal with your children regarding the issue of sex. The staff at Cowboy Fellowship realizes that this is a difficult subject for both parents and children to discuss.  However, this is one of the most important topics for families today.  With the endless temptations and sexual myths that have invaded our society, we desperately need to help protect our children.  It is tempting to lock them in their rooms and seclude them from the world for 20-30 years (LOL) but of course that is not practical.  So instead the best way to protect them is to educate them on all the important issues of life including sex. This blog contains some helpful information, but don’t forget that we (the staff) are always available and willing to help in any way we can.  Call on us if you need us. My children are currently ages 2 years, and 6 weeks.  So needless to say we have not had to talk about sex much.  However, my two year old has started asking questions about his body parts, and why “daddy kisses momma” etc.  Research is showing that sex education needs to begin sooner, rather than later.  So here are some helpful hints that can be used at all ages with both boys and girls. Use the Bible- The Bible speaks God’s truth into our lives on all subject matters including sex.  Talk about sex with your children in the context of what God’s word says on the subject, not what mom or dad say.  There are both positive and negative sexual examples in God’s word and many teachable moments […]

Sex, Sanctification, & Salvation…1 Thessalonians 4:3–8

   Yesterday in church we discussed 1 Thess. 4:3-8 which deals with the moral standards that God sets forth for His people regarding sex.  As promised I wanted to give you a little more background on the sexual climate that the people of Thessalonica found themselves in as they read this letter from Paul.  We did not have time yesterday to discuss the context of these words as much as I would have preferred so below I have included an excerpt from John MacArthur’s commentary on the subject.  I would also encourage you to read the sermon transcripts from two messages he preached on this same passage if you have the time.  They are entitled Abstaining from Sexual Sin–Part 1 and Part 2.  In the coming days additional information will be posted to this blog on how to talk to your children about sex. The following observations come from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary                    Since the 1960s, when the modern sexual revolution really accelerated, Western society has had fewer and fewer rules governing sexual attitudes and behaviors. Freedom of sexual expression has in many ways become the cultural god that rules over all the other idolatrous gods of postmodern culture. People want the right, for themselves and others, to express their sexual desires at any cost, even if that means aborting the unwanted child resulting from a sexual union or risking a sexually transmitted disease.                   Several obvious tenets constitute the world’s immoral, unscriptural outlook regarding sex. First, people are basically good and all but the most heinous activities should be tolerated. Therefore, virtually any kind of consensual sexual activity is good (except for child molestation), especially if one views sex as merely […]

Timothy (1 Thess. 3:1-3)

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