Heaven and Earth: 1 Thessalonians
4/22/18 Based on 1 Thessalonians 2:1-4
Satan means 'the one who opposes'. Share a time when you realized the enemy was seeking to distract and deceive you from something God was clearly leading and calling you to. How can you praise Him for His faithfulness to protect and strengthen you?
How are you daily living in the hope and promise of God's kingdom here and now?
What's influencing your thoughts, words, and actions towards yourself and others? What motivates you to love the people around you?
Read 1 Thess 1:6-8. Paul talks about the word of the Lord sounding forth from Macedonia and Achaia. Why is it important that we think about our lives now, sounding forth or echoing the gospel?
Paul commends the Thessalonians for being steadfast in their new faith in Jesus, despite what others are saying. How do you remain steadfast in your faith when people around you are speaking doubt, criticism, and cynicism? Would you ask the Holy Spirit, our Helper and Counselor, to lead you?
What does it mean to work out your faith? How are you doing this in current relationships and circumstances with your family, work, friendships, and daily life? Apart from Sunday morning gatherings, what influences your perspective and strengthens your faith response to your current circumstances?
Why is it important to invite His Spirit to help us choose daily discipline's that encourage our faith in God? How does this directly affect our ability and willingness to echo Jesus to ourselves and others? Will you pause and thank Him for his bold love for you?