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Just You Wait!
First Sunday of Advent

from the book
Sermons On The Second Readings
Series I, Cycle C

Robert S. Crilley

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13


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Some of you may be excited to learn that this morning's scripture lesson contains a benediction. "Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with his saints" (vv. 11-13). That is a benediction. And the reason it may excite some of you is because when you start out with a benediction, the sermon can't be very long. (It will only seem so!)

This particular benediction refers to an event commonly known as the "Second Coming." The Bible, incidentally, never uses that phrase; and to be honest, I've always been a little troubled by it, because it seems to suggest that Christ is ...

This First Sunday of Advent sermon, Just You Wait!, is based on 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 and relates to First Sunday of Advent of Cycle C of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons On The Second Readings . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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