Letter to the Thessalonians | Week 7 – Stand In the Light
When we put our faith in Jesus, we are forgiven, transformed, and made holy. In other words, we are standing in His light. That light symbolizes the fact that we embrace the truth and reject the lies of the world. That we, as new creations in Christ Jesus, walk in holiness and righteousness and that our lives reflect the Good News. Living a life that is pleasing to God is more than good behavior. It also requires us to see our neighbors in a new way and to find ways to care about those in need. Holy living and producing good fruit is an outward indication that you have been changed by Jesus. Holy living and producing good fruit manifests itself in the action of how we view and care about other people.
READ Matthew 24:46
“It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.”
READ this passage again and consider these related questions.
What should Jesus find us doing when He returns?
How is living a transformed life in Jesus different from behavior modification?
Read 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; 1 Peter 2:9-10; John 3:19-21; Colossians 1:13-14; Matthew 25:13; Matthew 24:31-46
1. Discuss verse 4, how is, not being surprised, different than knowing the actual time of His coming?
2. How should being seen as a child of the light lead to gratefulness and not arrogance?
3. What obligation and expectation comes with being called into the light?
4. Why is it important to avoid an us verse them mentality when engaging the world?
5. What does Paul’s use of military implements imply about what is expected of us as followers of Jesus?
6. Use v.9 to describe the eternal principle of the Gospel.
7. Refer to Matthew 24:31-46 to explain the dangers of an individualistic and me centered view of salvation?