Joy and peace to you this Tuesday! In the following passage we see words starkly contrasting two people groups. Yet we also see a Savior who died for those in both groups. Come join us at our Sunday Gatherings to experience the radical teaching of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Hope to see you at the 9:00am or 10:45am gathering. Encouragement and truth will be waiting there for you as we open God’s Word together! - Kim
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Brainstorm some every-day activities you might participate in during the day and during the night. How are they similar? How are they different? Culturally, discuss the themes of light and darkness. Biblically, discuss the themes of light and darkness.
_ What is one way the Lord is bringing light into 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 5:1-11 ]
1 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ To what signs, and what seasons is Paul referring to in verse 5? See 4:13-18 (yesterday’s post!)
_ How is it that the the Thessalonian believers, “brothers,” have “no need to have anything written to them” and are “fully aware” in verse 2?
_ What are the people saying in verse 3? How does this relate to our culture today? Why will these “people” be surprised? What simile and metaphor does Paul use to illustrate this surprise? vs 2b-3
_ Why won’t the believer be surprised? What specific attribute of the believer is in stark contrast to the unbeliever? vs 5-6
_ Since the Thessalonians are “fully aware” and are “children of light,” how then are they to live? 6b, 8
_ What are they “not” to do? vs 6
_ How does Paul say that “others” live? Vs 6b-7
_ How does the knowledge of Christ’s death, resurrection, and promised, powerful return affect how you choose to live each day?
_ How do you “put on the breastplate of faith and love” as you interact with Jesus and His people?
_ How does the “helmet” or “hope of salvation” point us away from our own “works” and toward the work of Jesus? How do verses 9-10 cement this truth?
_Who can you encourage (vs 11) whether they are children of light or children of darkness that God has NOT “destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ?”
+ 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)