11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, 12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. – 1 Thessalonians 3:11–13 (ESV)

Confidence (n.) – the belief or feeling that we can rely on someone or something.

This week, we start our new series called “Confidence.”

Confidence is a precious commodity. It speaks of dependability and trustworthiness. In today’s world, many people’s confidence has been shaken. Perhaps you can sense the fog of skepticism in the air that shows no real sign of lifting.  People, organizations, establishments, and entities we once trusted with little thought or question are now in the cross-hares of doubt. I read an article recently which stated the cultural shift we experienced around the turn of the century placed us in a post-modern, post-truth culture. Now we find ourselves in another cultural shift, which is ushering in a multi-media heavy era of post-reality. In other words, postmodernity caused many to question what is true. And now culture finds itself not only questioning what is true but also asking what is real? Friends, it’s easy to see why confidence has been shaken.

With all of this said, how important is it for us as Christians to find our confidence in the Lord? Now more than ever, we need to fill our hearts with the Confidence of Gospel Hope. As the verse above says, the goal of this study in 1 & 2 Thessalonians is to “establish our hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.” This week, we will kick off the series by bolstering our confidence in our “Gospel Calling,”  Man, I can’t wait to jump into this!!

Take some time to read 1 Thessalonians chapter one and come ready to gain Confidence in Gospel Hope.
Be sure to listen to the worship set as you prepare for worship.

Love you, Church.

Jerry Lingenfelter
Senior Pastor

9:00 AM  – Worship Service On Campus & Online (Lancaster Campus)
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