Paul’s Ministry – Genuine

I Thessalonians, Sermon Preparation

October 25, 2015 – Morning Worship

MondayI Thessalonians 2 (esp. vss. 1–6a); I Kings 22:1–40

In 1 Thessalonians 2, what is Paul claiming about his ministry? Why? How does this apply to you?

TuesdayMatthew 12:22–32; 10:16–25; Acts 21:27–36; Exodus 17:1–7

Those who oppose the gospel, the word of God, and His messengers, love to slander, misconstrue, and falsely accuse both the gospel and those who believe it—and especially those who preach it. Why do you think? What can we learn here?

WednesdayJeremiah 23; Acts 20:17–38

What are the differences between the ministries of the false prophets and the Apostle Paul? What’s the lesson for the church of Christ today?

ThursdayI Thessalonians 2:1–6a; 1:5–6; I Samuel 12:1–5; Acts 26

Paul is defending his ministry against the attacks of those who oppose him. What do you think they are saying about him? What is his response in I Thessalonians 2:1–6a? What’s the application for you?

FridayI Thessalonians 2:2; Luke 12:49–53; Acts 16:16–24; Jeremiah 26

How does Paul’s preaching in the midst of division, conflict and persecution show the authenticity of his ministry? What’s the lesson here for us?

SaturdayI Thessalonians 2:2; Exodus 3:9–12; Psalm 139:1–12; Ezekiel 2:1–7; Acts 5:17–33, 40–42

With all the persecution and conflict, why did Paul and his companions continue to preach? How does this apply to us?

God’s Well-Known Chosen People

I Thessalonians, Sermon Preparation

October 4, 2015 – Morning Worship

MondayI Thessalonians 1 (esp. vss. 4-10)

In 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10 Paul continues listing the reasons he is so thankful for the Thessalonian believers. What are they? What can we learn from them?

TuesdayI Thessalonians 1:4-7; Psalm 19:7-11; Matthew 7:24-27; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 10:14-17

Why is Paul so confidant that the Thessalonian believers were God’s “chosen” people? What is the application to you?

WednesdayI Thessalonians 1:4-6; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Isaiah 42:6-9; John 14:25-26; 16:4-15

According to Paul, the Thessalonians are chosen, the word of God has come in power, they have received it in much affliction with joy, and their lives have been clearly transformed. This, of course, doesn’t always happen in Paul’s ministry (or ours!). What or who is the key ingredient? What’s the application?

ThursdayI Thessalonians 1:6-9; Leviticus 19:2; 20:22-26; Numbers 9:15-23; Mark 5:1-20; Acts 9:20-22; I Corinthians 6:9-11

One commentator wrote “a changed life is still the best evidence that we have become Christians.” Do you agree? Why or why not? What is the application to your life?

FridayI Thessalonians 1:9; Exodus 20:3-4; Isaiah 44; Luke 19:1 -10; Acts 18:18-20

The Thessalonian believers “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.” Why is that so important? How do you do that?

SaturdayI Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; Exodus 25:8; Psalm 84; I Corinthians 15:50-57; II Peter 3:11-13; Revelation 21:1- 7; 22:1-5, 20

Throughout much of church history believers have lived in great anticipation and longed for, prepared for, couldn’t wait for the coming again of the Lord Jesus Christ. Why? Today – not so much thought, anticipation or excitement about Jesus coming again. What place does it have in your daily life?

Greeting and Thanksgiving

I Thessalonians, Sermon Preparation

September 27, 2015 – Morning Worship

MondayI Thessalonians 1 (esp. vss. 1-3); Acts 15:1-16:5; I Corinthians 1:1-7; Galatians 1:1-6; Philippians 1:1-5

Read all of these passages then consider what we learn in I Thessalonians 1:1-3

TuesdayI Thessalonians 1:1; 2:7, 11; Romans 1:1; Ephesians 1:1; Colossians 1:1; Philippians 1:3-11; 4:10-11, 14-23

Notice that Paul does not include any title with his name here in Thessalonians 1:1 like he does in his other letters (i.e. “an Apostle of Jesus Christ” or “a servant of Jesus Christ”, etc.). Why do you think? What is the application for us?

WednesdayI Thessalonians 1:1; Jeremiah 33; Matthew 16:18; John 6:35-40; Philippians 1:6

I Thessalonians 1:1 should be great comfort to a young church facing difficulties and persecution—like the Thessalonians. Why? What is the application to us as the church today? To you?

ThursdayI Thessalonians 1:2-3; Romans 1:8; I Corinthians 1:4-7; Ephesians 1:15-16; Philippians 1:3-5; Psalm 106:1

One commentator wrote “a spirit of gratitude shines through Paul’s letters.” Why do you think that is? Do you think those around you would say “a spirit of gratitude shines through you”? Why or why not? What are the reasons why you should have a spirit of gratitude?

FridayI Thessalonians 1:2; 5:17-18; Psalm 5:1-3; 42:8; 88:13; Mark 1:35; Luke 6:12; 22:39-46; James 5:13-18

Paul is “constantly” mentioning the Thessalonian believers in his prayers. What do you think that means? What is the application for our church? For our daily lives?

SaturdayI Thessalonians 1:3; Exodus 7:16; 24:3-8; Leviticus 19; Matthew 5:13-16; 10:22; I Corinthians 15:58; Titus 2:11- 15; I Peter 2:18-25

In I Thessalonians 1:3 Paul says he remembers and gives thanks for their “work of faith, labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” What does that tell you about the Christian life? About the church?

1 and 2 Thessalonians

I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians, Sermon Preparation

Readings

1 Thessalonians (and 2 Thessalonians if you can); Acts 17 (esp. 1-8)

A little different this week—preparation for the next Sermon Series on 1 Thessalonians. Read through 1 Thessalonians during the week at your own pace. Read through 2 Thessalonians if you can. Read Acts 17, especially verses 1-8 for background. Answer the following application questions as you read this week.

Questions

  1. What do we learn about Paul’s ministry to the Thessalonians?
  2. What do we learn about the importance of the local church?
  3. What are the theological issues dealt with?
  4. What are the eschatological (i.e. end times) issues dealt with?
  5. How do we see the central importance of the gospel?
  6. Paul was encouraged by and concerned by Timothy’s report. What were some examples of both?
  7. What were the topics on which Paul offered instruction and correction and encouragement?
  8. Is there any applications for the contemporary church, especially us?!