This study guide includes teaching and questions about encouragement (from 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12) and servanthood (from 2 Peter 1:1 and Mark 10:32-45).
This week I'm trying a new format for the weekly study guide. Rather than a daily Bible study guide I'm providing a "Dig Deeper" sheet with some information about the letter of 1 Thessalonians along with some study questions and application ideas. These questions should give you plenty to think about and do during the week.
This is our family devotional guide for June 12-18, 2011. The questions are from Psalm 119:25-48, Matthew 28:16-20, 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12, and 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:13. The focus is God's mission and what our participation in that mission should look like. Each day also includes a prayer focus drawn from the scriptural emphasis for that day.
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1. From Ephesians 1, what things has God done for the church? How has God incorporated the church? How does Paul's prayer (Eph. 1:15-20) tie in with these themes?
2. If Ephesians 1 is about the action of God in forming the church, how does chapter 2 develop the same ideas, but with emphasis on humanity?
3. What prompts Paul prayer in Ephesians 3? What does he pray for? How is this prayer a model for us?
4. How does Ephesians 4 describe the diversity that exists within the unity of the church? How is this developed in practical ways in ministry?
5. What is the theological basis for the good works described in Ephesians 4-5?
6. How is the "household relationships" (Eph. 5:21-6:9) teaching rooted in our relationship with Christ?
7. How does the armor of God serve to both protect us and build us up in faith (Eph. 6)?
8. In Philippians 1, what experience does Paul want the believers to have (1:11)? How is this illustrated in his own experience (chapter 1)?
9. How is Christ an example for us (Phil. 2)?
10. What should we have confidence in, according to Philippians 3? How does Paul describe this in his own experience?
11. How is the practical teaching in Philippians 4 tied in with the teaching in chapters 1-3?
12. According to 1 Thessalonians 1-3, how did the Thessalonian believers receive the word? How is this a model for us of both teaching and receiving the word?
13. What practical instructions does Paul offer in 1 Thessalonians 4-5?
In this sermon from 1 Thessalonians, we looked at how Paul encourages Christians to be thankful for each other and to love each other. But what about people who are difficult to love? The only way we can truly love each other with godly love is to rely on God. This is how we grow in holiness--learning to trust God more and more, which leads us to greater love for others.
Sermon: Become Holy by Loving Others
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