Good Tuesday morning! Paul, Silas, and Timothy are hoping that God the Father and God the Son will allow them to spend more time in Thessalonica to build up these young believers in truth and love. In their absence, they ask the Lord to strengthen them in love for Him and one another. Come join us at our Sunday Gatherings for this kind of encouragement at 9:00am and 10:45am. See you there! May the Lord Jesus Christ direct your way to someone today to strengthen and encourage them in the gospel! - Kim
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Who in your life are you separated from, but desire to be with to love and encourage in the truth of the Gospel?
_ Give an example of how your prayers for them and notes to them encouraged them even when you couldn’t be with them in person.
_ Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [ 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 ]
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.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ Who are the 3 groups of people interacting in this passage? (vs11)
_ What are Paul, Silas, and Timothy asking the Lord to do for them? (vs11) Why hadn’t they come already? (see 1 Thess 2:18)
_ What are Paul, Silas, and Timothy asking the Lord to do for people of Thessalonica? (vs 12-13)
_ Why do you think they specifically ask the Lord to increase their love for one another and all?
_ How does this abounding love link to the Gospel?
_ For what Kingdom purpose does Paul and his fellow disciplers ask the Lord for these specific things? (vs13)
_ How could Paul’s prayers for the Thessalonians be used for those we disciple near or far?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond to what I learned today with a simple concrete step of action/obedience? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)