Here’s a brief outline of our upcoming Bible study. I hope to see you there!
We study the Bible not to become scholars but to improve ourselves, our church, and our relationship with God. Read the passage over several times or until it speaks to you personally regarding at least one of these goals. Scratch down your thoughts or questions to share with us Tuesday evening.
My own thoughts are reflected in the questions at the end and we will touch on them, time permitting.
I also have a short video of a sermon on this passage which suggests some of the things we might take away from the reading concerning the upcoming season, our own behaviors, and the goals our church may consider for the coming year.
I know this is a busy time of year for everyone but I think this Bible study is especially important to help us focus ourselves for Thanksgiving and the Christmas season – please try to come.
Nov. 24th, 2015 – I Thessalonians 3:9-13.
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13New International Version (NIV)
9 How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? 10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.
11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.
The First Epistle to the Thessalonians, First Thessalonians, or just 1 Thessalonians is probably the oldest book in the New Testament, was likely Paul’s first letter, and is estimated to have been written by the end of AD 52.
Paul’s prayer was originally for Christians living in the Greek city of Thessalonica. Paul stopped by that city on his second missionary journey and preached for three Sabbaths before being run out of town. Even though Paul had only been there a short while the Lord blessed his message and a number of people, both Jews and Greeks, were converted to the faith. The persecution of Christians, however, did not stop with Paul’s departure. Paul, therefore, was concerned for these new converts.
1: Who was Paul?
2: When did God change his name from Saul to Paul?
3: The first thing Paul says is “ How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?” Who in your life could you say that to or about?
4: What did Paul ask that the Lord do for the Thessalonians?
5: How can we pray that God increase our love?
6: Paul implies that something is lacking in their lives. What is lacking in ours?
7: Sunday I think I’ll wish everyone a Happy New Year. Why would I do that?
8: What do you want God to do with your life, or the life of our church, this year?
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:34