February 21, 2016 – Morning Worship
Monday – I Thessalonians 4 (esp. vss. 1-2); Exodus 22
Read these passages. What instructions do you see there for living the Christian life?
Tuesday – I Thessalonians 4:1, 10; Colossians 1:10; Ephesians 4:1-16; II Peter 3:18; Ezra 7:10
Again we see that the Christian life is to be a life of continual growth (“do so more and more”!). How does that apply to you?
Wednesday – I Thessalonians 4:1; Genesis 17:1-14; Exodus 25:8, 22; Joshua 1:9; John 10:1-21; 15:1-11
The Christian life is, first of all, a relationship between God and His people. How does that amazing truth help us live lives pleasing to God?
Thursday – I Thessalonians 4:1; Exodus 19:5-6; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 7:12; 8:1; Psalm 119:59-60; John 14:21; II Corinthians 5:9; Ephesians 4:20-24; 5:10; Colossians 1:9-10
The Christian life is a life determined to please God: a conscious, intentional, willing, joyful desire to please our heavenly Father more and more as we grown in our faith in Christ. What is the application to you?
Friday – I Thessalonians 1:5; 2:13; Psalm 119:1-16; I Kings 22:13-14; Matthew 7:24-27; II Timothy 3:14-16
To live lives pleasing to God is to know, love, delight in, and obey his word—the Holy Scriptures, the Bible. How does your life reflect this truth?
Saturday – I Thessalonians 4:2; Galatians 1:11-12; Deuteronomy 18:15- 18; Psalm 110:1; Isaiah 53:4-6; John 17:3; Philippians 3:7-11
Ultimately, lives pleasing to God are lives focused on, loving and trusting in, the Lord our Savior Jesus Christ. He truly is our “all in all.” What is the application to your daily life?
January 24, 2016 – Morning Worship
Monday – I Thessalonians 1-3 (focus on 3:6-10)
Read chapters 1-3 of I Thessalonians to refresh your memory as we return to our series through Paul’s epistle. How does I Thessalonians 3:6-10 illustrate Proverbs 25:25?
What was Paul so desperate to find out (“when we could bear it no longer”)? Why? What is the application for you?
I Thessalonians 3:6 has two reasons for Paul to be greatly encouraged by Timothy’s report. What are they? What does that teach us about the gospel and Christian ministry?
“For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord.” Paul’s life, his greatest joy and happiness, is clearly connected to the spiritual health of the Thessalonian church. Why do you think that is? What is the application to you?
Paul is full of joy when he hears Timothy’s good news about the Thessalonians—because to know and serve Christ brings great joy. Is that your experience? Why or why not?
Timothy’s good news gave Paul renewed zeal in his prayers so that he could visit the Thessalonians and make up for what was lacking in their faith. How might that apply to your life?
November 22, 2015 – Morning Worship
How would you characterize Paul’s concern for the churches under his care? What is the application for you?
Notice the deep affection that God has for His people; the love Jesus has for His disciples and the deep feeling that Paul has for the Thessalonian believers. How should that affect our daily lives?
See that intense feelings and even encouraging words are important but not enough. They must be accompanied by “actually doing” – “making every effort” to live out our faith in Christ. What is the personal application for you?
Notice that the Apostle Paul was not alone in facing opposition and experiencing persecution. What are the lessons for us as Christians? For the church?
What does Paul mean in I Thessalonians 2:19-20 that the Thessalonian Christians were his hope or joy or crown of boasting before Jesus at His coming? Is there any application for your daily life?
Notice the personal sacrifice it was for Paul to send Timothy to Thessalonica. What personal sacrifices have you had to make as a Christian?