Happy Wednesday! In today’s passage of 1 Thessalonians, we find Paul instructing the church how their character must be towards those who are above them in position and those who are below. Please join us for our Sunday Gatherings at 9:00am and 10:45am.
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you been reprimanded this week? How did you act? Were you able to show Christ in the encounter?
_ What is one way the Lord is impacting the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
PRAY- 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 Thes 5: 12-15 ] 12 We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle,[a] encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What is Paul saying the church should do in vs.12? Who is he saying the church should be this way to?
_ Why is paul specifically saying that the Body should be this way to those “over you in the Lord”?
_ What reason does Paul give the church, in vs.13, when saying “esteem them very highly in love”
_ Who does he ask the church to be at peace with in vs.13? Why?
_ Who does Paul say the church must tend to in vs.14? How does he instruct the church to help these people?
_ What final command does Paul give the church in vs.15? How does this tie in with the rest of the passage?
_ 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)