Bible Book Club of the Month: Thessalonians

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Chapter Five Be Joyful

Memory Verse:
“But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” I Thessalonians 5:8

Questions to Ponder (Reflect, Ask and Respond)
• Who are the leaders in your life who have encouraged you or taught you the Word of God? In what ways have you (and should you have) acknowledged them?

• Read and re-read verses 16-18. What does this mean to you? What will you do to embrace these instructions?

• What is our responsibility to those who are idle and disruptive? To those who are weak or disheartened? (v 14)

• Why do you think it’s important to be patient with everyone? Why do you think the recurring instruction to walk in peace so important?

• We are reminded in verse 23 that we are spirits with souls in a body. What does this mean to you?

• How do we quench the Spirit? How are we to discern what is the truth?

This Week: Take time to re-read the entire book and think about what’s happening in our world today and how God expects believers to live despite the circumstances of our environment. Use it a guideline for how to pray effectively. Finally, thank God for the help of Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us so that we live a life that is pleasing to God.

Thank you for reading this book with us. Please gather your friends and join us again next month!


Bible Book Club of the Month: Thessalonians

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Chapter Four Be Holy
This chapter is about living a life that is pleasing to God. The Grecian culture was a pagan culture where sexual immorality was a way of life. Paul warns and instructs them to take authority over their own bodies, to keep it holy to honorable before God. Today, we live in a society wherein sexual immorality is rampant. God expects us to exercise self-control and be vessels of honor. We should make it our goal to mind our own business and lead a quiet life. But that doesn’t mean keeping quiet about our faith. On the contrary, we share our faith more by what we do than what we say. This is the testimony that wins the respect of those outside the faith.

Memory verse
“…Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you…” I Thessalonians 4: 11

Questions to Ponder (Reflect, Ask and Respond)
• How does knowing that it pleases God for you to avoid sexual immorality help you to exercise more self-control?

• How do you think leading a quiet life and minding your own business helps you?

• What questions do you have about life after death? How does this passage help you to understand it more clearly?

• How does the promise that we will be with the Lord forever comfort you? How does it encourage it to possess your own body?

• In addition to minding their own business they were to ‘work with their own hands’ (v11). What does this speak to you about the value of work and God’s expectation of us?

This Week: Ask the Lord to show you areas in your life that you need more self-control. Thank Him for the promise of His return and life with Him evermore. With whom do you need to share this information?


Bible Book Club of the Month: Thessalonians

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Chapter Three Be Concerned
The Apostle had genuine concern for the new believers in the church. He understood the plight of the enemy to attack and derail them in their faith. So he prayed fervently for them. And he sent Timothy to comfort, strengthen and encourage them. Those who come to faith in the Lord Jesus, often need to be confirmed and supported in their walk. This passage reminds us of our responsibility to follow through with new converts. This is how we truly ‘make disciples’.

Memory Verses:
“Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.” “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.” I Thessalonians 3:10,12

Questions to Ponder (Reflect, Ask and Respond)

• How concerned are you about seeing non-believers come to faith in the Lord Jesus? When was the last time you shared your faith with them?

• How concerned are you about new believers? How often do you pray for their strength and faith? How do reach out to them?

• Paul expressed sheer joy for them. That joy motivated him to continually pray for them. How happy are you for the faith and faithfulness of others?

• Do you genuinely pray for the prosperity of others? (In their faith as well as their finances?)

• Will you take time out to pray that God to make you and others to increase and abound in love toward one another? When will you begin?

This Week: Ask God to give you a genuine desire to see people come to the Lord Jesus. Ask Him to encourage your heart to advance the kingdom by sharing your faith with others. Be intentional in helping them to get connected in the fellowship through serving.
Take time to reach out to those who are new believers and pray fervently about encouraging them in the faith. (Phone calls, notes, face-to-face)


Bible Book Club of the Month: Thessalonians

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Chapter Two Be Prayerful
Thanksgiving produces prayerfulness. Paul says that he and his ministry team (Silas and Timothy) continually prays for the church. He reminds them of how they not suffered the same persecution with them but they were with them. They not only shared the gospel with them but they shared their very lives with them. As you read this chapter think about your relationship with others, about how you share you life with others. And ask God to help you to be a blessing, not a burden to others.

Memory Verse:
“And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.” I Thessalonians 2: 13

Questions to Ponder (Reflect, Ask and Respond)
• What can be said about your example as a Christian? As a leader? How much time do you invest in praying?

• Paul says they worked day and night seeking to please God, not to please man. How often have you done things to get the praise of people? How can seek to do what pleases God?

• Paul did not use his Apostolic authority but presented himself ‘humbly, as little children. He says they cared for the people as a mother nursing a child, what does this mean to you?

• Do you understand the authority you have as a believer?

• How can you more effectively encourage, comfort and urge others to live a worthy life before God?

• How often do you thank God for others receiving the gospel message? How often do you pray that others will receive Jesus?

• Paul says they felt like orphans being separated from the church. What does this say to you about not going to church, especially nothing is keeping you from going?

This week: Thank God for the privilege of prayer. Be intentional in investing time to pray for others; especially those that you can’t touch physically. Take time to call and pray with others to strengthen, comfort and encourage them.


Bible Book Club on the Month: Thessalonians

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Chapter One Be Thankful
This chapter reminds us of the blessing of being thankful. If we would just think about what great things God has done in our life and in the lives of others we care about, gratitude swells up in us and we become thankful. We are encouraged to think about our brothers and sisters in Christ. Think about the work of the ministry, how the message of the gospel is going forth across the world via missionaries, media, and committed ministries in spite of the opposition of unbelievers and those who continually persecute the church. This passage prompts several questions for reflection.

Memory Verse:
“We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.”
I Thessalonians 1:2

Questions to Ponder (Reflect, Ask and Respond)
• God loves you. And if you have welcomed the message of the gospel and accepted Jesus as Lord of your life, He has chosen you as His own. What is your response to this?
• What do you always thank God for and of whom do you make mention in your prayers?
• Paul prays for their hope, their patience and that they remember the Word they were taught. How does this help you to pray for others?
• How well do you model the behavior of Jesus and the examples He gave to us? What do you learn from the example of Paul, Silas and Timothy?
• How have you demonstrated your acceptance and appreciation of those who preach or teach the Word of God?

This week: Ask God to help you to be more thoughtful concerning your faith, His Word, and the work of those who preach and teach His Word. Look for opportunities to be thankful. Ask Holy Spirit to help you to see and to seize opportunities to serve. Thank Him for changing your life.


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