It's Tuesday. These are two of the earliest letters Paul had a hand in penning to a newly forming community who had recently received the news about Jesus. Each day we will continue to have a set of verses through these posts but because the letters are so short we would encourage you to try to read through the two letters one time each week- this will allow you to delve deep into the text day to day even as you understand see a birds eyes view of the letters. This morning we continue Paul's greeting.
grace + peace,
CONNECT (Use these questions for opening discussion when your group meets)
_ What is one unforeseen gift you received yesterday and what is one thing that frustrated you yesterday?
_ 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 Thessalonians 1.5-10] 5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8 For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. 9 For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ How did the gospel come to the people of Thessalonica in vs. 5 ?
_ How did they receive the word in vs. 6?
_ What did their receiving the word with affliction result in vs. 7-8?
_ What is the story on the streets concerning the people of Thessalonica in vs. 9-10?
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, comfort) do we learn in this passage?
(In break-outs discuss and take time to pray for one another)
+ HOW am I convicted of sin to confess and compelled to respond to what was learned today with a simple concrete step of action/obedience?
+ WHO are you (we as a group) 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)