Hello there, and happy Friday! Today we see Paul encouraging the Thessalonians to stand firm in truth in the midst of false teachings. I think we can all relate to this situation. Be sure to join us at 9 or 10:45 this Sunday for worship!
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Reflect on your salvation. In what ways is your life different now than before you were saved?
_ 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 2:13-16 ] 13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ Whom did God choose to save? By what method? (v. 13)
_ What are the “firstfruits” that Paul refers to?
_ What does it mean to “obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ”?
_ What does Paul charge the Thessalonians with? Knowing the context of this passage, why is this significant?
_ 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)