Letter to the Thessalonians | Week 1 – There is Power
It doesn’t take much effort to just follow the crowd or to take the path of least resistance. Easy, no drama, maybe even comfortable; as followers of Jesus, that is not what we sign up for. There is an expectation that living our lives according to the truths of Bible will not always make us popular. Christians are considered intolerant, said to ignore science, and to be stuck in the past. Living differently than the culture requires endurance and courage. As long as we lead with the love of Christ, our words and actions will have a profound effect on everyone who we encounter. All we can do is to let our commitment and faithfulness to Jesus speak loudly to the world around us.
READ Ephesians 4:1
I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
READ the passage again and consider these related questions.
What is the calling that we all receive?
What are the expectations of every flower of Jesus?
Read 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
1. Why does Paul describe the Christian walk as labor that requires endurance?
2. How do faith, hope and love equip every follower of Jesus to endure?
Read 1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 1:4
3. What has God chosen us to do? Who has He chosen us to be?
Read 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
4. Describe the power that is associated with the Gospel of Jesus.
5. What does the Holy Spirit and Gospel power do for us (in addition to salvation)?
Read Matthew 5:14-16
6. Verse 9 refers to a “radical” turning. Why must our life change be radical?
7. What is the purpose of letting our light shine and ensuring that our changed life is obvious?
8. Why is verse 10 such a necessary and important element to this entire passage?