This week we’ll read in 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Paul had ministered in Thessalonica, but was forced to quickly depart because of the Jews. These letters are written out of concern for the church and to help new believers be encouraged in their faith. As they faced persecution and false teachings, Paul encourages them to increase in faith and love and be grounded in the truth of God’s Word. Paul is able to address some concerns that the believers have as well, and he gives them solid doctrine on which to stand. On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and the Sunday sermon. Please consider the questions below regarding the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups.
- Sunday, July 8 – Mark 3:7-21
- Monday, July 9 – 1 Thessalonians 1:1 – 2:16
- Tuesday, July 10 – 1 Thessalonians 2:17 – 4:12
- Wednesday, July 11 – 1 Thessalonians 4:13 – 5:28
- Thursday, July 12 – 2 Thessalonians 1:1 – 2:12
- Friday, July 13 – 2 Thessalonians 2:13 – 3:18
- Saturday, July 14 – 1 Thessalonians 4:13 – 5:11
What does hope offer us?
Why can Christians be hopeful?
Why do you think the biblical writers use the term “sleep” to refer to “death”?
When a believer dies, why don’t we have to grieve hopelessly?
How does hope in the resurrection address the difficulties you struggle with in living for Christ?
How do the words of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 encourage you?
How do we know these things are true?
How should Jesus’ return deepen our love for Him and others? Should it affect our evangelism?
What does it mean that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night?
How does not knowing the time of Jesus’ return affect your actions?
What are some ways we can better steward the resources God has given us, such as time and possessions, in light of Christ’s return?
How should we be prepared for Christ’s coming? (5:8)
What promise in 5:10 gives encouragement to believers?
- Sunday, July 15 – Mark 3:22-30
We will make posts on our website and app on Sunday mornings that outline the Bible reading plan for the rest of the week. Or you can view the entire Bible Reading Plan (June – Aug 2018)