Happy Memorial Day to all! Today we begin the second letter to the church at Thessalonica.  Over the next two weeks we will be studying this brief letter.  Take some time to pray and prepare your heart to learn and practice the things Jesus has for you!

grace + peace,

Joey 

CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What is one of the most loving ways you have been greeted?  What is the most unloving way you have been greeted? 
_ 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  [ 2 Thessalonians 1.1-4 ] 1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. 4 Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ How do Paul, Silas and Timothy greet the church of the Thessalonians in vs. 1-2?
_ What do they give thanks to God for in vs. 3?
_ What do you think it means that they "boast" about the Thessalonian church with other churches in vs. 4?
_ What are the five things they boast in in vs. 4?
_ What does the introduction to this second letter teach us about how we are to greet one another? 
_ 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)