Happy Friday! Thanks for taking some time out of your day to reflect on God’s Word! I can think of nothing that would leave you as satisfied or refreshed. Today, we find Paul encouraging the Thessalonians in their lifestyle of love. Come join us at our Sunday Gatherings, 9:00am and 10:45am. See you there! - Peter
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ How would you describe the pace of your life at the moment? Is it stressful? Peaceful? Busy? Is this how you desire it to be?
_ What is one way the Lord is impacting the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
_ 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 4:9-12 ] 9 Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, 10 for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, 11 and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12 so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ Are the Thessalonians demonstrating brotherly love well? (V. 9)
_ How does Paul already know how answer the answer? (Vs. 9-10a)
_ What four things does Paul urge the Thessalonians to do? (Vs. 10b-11)
_ Paraphrase the type of lifestyle that Paul desires to see in them. Does this reflect your lifestyle?
_ Why does he encourage them to do these things? (V. 12)
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
+ 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)
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)