This Tuesday calls you to remember a specific attribute of God: He is just. Perhaps you, like the Thessalonian church, are enduring a trial or suffering. God sees you and is with you in this situation. He is getting you ready for His Kingdom. He also, in this text, promises to act. Come join us at this Sunday’s Gathering at 9:00am and 10:45am to hear more of God’s truth for your life! - Kim
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Dive deep during this connection time. How do you perceive Heaven? How do you perceive hell? How does what you believe about these specific places affect how you live your life today?
_ 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 1:5-12 ] 5 This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— 6 since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7 and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels 8 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 10 when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. 11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What do we learn about God’s view of our current suffering or trial in verse 5?
_ How does God promise to act in your affliction? Vs 6
_ What is the result of God’s action in your suffering? Vs 7
_ What event will bring this justice?
_ Use your own words to describe what this might look like, sound like, and feel like. Vs 7
_ What action will the Lord take when he returns? According to Scripture, who will be receiving this action?Vs 8
_ What two part “punishment” does verse 9 state will be in store for this group of people?
_ Where is God going to be glorified? Look for a key preposition here in vs 10! Use your God-given imagination to think about what this will look like.
_ What key word is repeated in vs 10 in reference to God’s saints?
_ Where does vs 11 tell us our power for belief and living in this belief come from?
_ How does knowing this power is available help you in your trial today?
_ How does this Scripture acknowledging that God sees you, is present, and will bring justice to the trial, also encourage you?
_ How do we see Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) in this passage? Perhaps vs 10?
+ 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)