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?