Living to Please God

I Thessalonians, Sermon Preparation

February 21, 2016 – Morning Worship

MondayI Thessalonians 4 (esp. vss. 1-2); Exodus 22
Read these passages. What instructions do you see there for living the Christian life?

TuesdayI 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?

WednesdayI 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?

ThursdayI 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?

FridayI 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?

SaturdayI 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?

Timothy’s Good News

I Thessalonians, Sermon Preparation

January 24, 2016 – Morning Worship

MondayI 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?

TuesdayI Thessalonians 2:17-3:5; Acts 15:36; Nehemiah 1:1-11; II Corinthians 8:1-5

What was Paul so desperate to find out (“when we could bear it no longer”)? Why? What is the application for you?

WednesdayI Thessalonians 1:8-10; 2:7-12; 3:6-8; Romans 16:13; Psalm 19:7-11; John 13:1; 21:15-17

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?

ThursdayI Thessalonians 3:8; Deuteronomy 7:1-16; Psalm 73:25-26; Philippians 1:3-11

“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?

FridayI Thessalonians 3:9; Luke 2:10; Psalm 4:7; 21:6; 30:4-5; 92:4; John 15:11; 16:24; 17:13; I John 1:4

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?

SaturdayI Thessalonians 3:10; Colossians 4:2-4; Luke 18:1-8; Acts 18:24-28; Galatians 2:11-14

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?

Persistent and Practical Care

I Thessalonians, Sermon Preparation

November 22, 2015 – Morning Worship

MondayI Thessalonians 2:17-3:5; Acts 17:1-10;; Romans 1:8-15; I Corinthians 9

How would you characterize Paul’s concern for the churches under his care? What is the application for you?

TuesdayI Thessalonians 2:7-12, 17-19; John 11:1-44; 13:1 Romans 9:1-3; Deuteronomy 7:6-8

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?

WednesdayI Thessalonians 2:17-3:5; Deuteronomy 4; James 2:14-26; I John 3:18

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?

ThursdayI Thessalonians 2:18; Acts 17:10;; Numbers 16; Matthew 12:22-32

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?

FridayI Thessalonians 2:19-20; Acts 9:15; II Corinthians 1:12-14; Ephesians 3:7-13; Philippians 4:1

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?

SaturdayI Thessalonians 3:1-2; Acts 17:18-31; 19:17-20; Ezra 10:1- 19

Notice the personal sacrifice it was for Paul to send Timothy to Thessalonica. What personal sacrifices have you had to make as a Christian?