mp3 – Delivered on November 1, 2015 by Michael Coleman for morning worship
October 25, 2015 – Morning Worship
In 1 Thessalonians 2, what is Paul claiming about his ministry? Why? How does this apply to you?
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?
Wednesday – Jeremiah 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?
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?
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?
With all the persecution and conflict, why did Paul and his companions continue to preach? How does this apply to us?
October 4, 2015 – Morning Worship
Monday – I 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?
Why is Paul so confidant that the Thessalonian believers were God’s “chosen” people? What is the application to you?
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?
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?
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?
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?
September 27, 2015 – Morning Worship
Read all of these passages then consider what we learn in I Thessalonians 1:1-3
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
- What do we learn about Paul’s ministry to the Thessalonians?
- What do we learn about the importance of the local church?
- What are the theological issues dealt with?
- What are the eschatological (i.e. end times) issues dealt with?
- How do we see the central importance of the gospel?
- Paul was encouraged by and concerned by Timothy’s report. What were some examples of both?
- What were the topics on which Paul offered instruction and correction and encouragement?
- Is there any applications for the contemporary church, especially us?!