Sermon & Small Group Resources
This is the third sermon in our series looking at 1 Thessalonians. Preacher: The Rev’d Adam Lowe. Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16.
Next Steps this Week
BIBLE READING: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.
SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
CONNECT: How can we encourage each other to ‘live a life worthy of God’ today?
How do you think God’s Word is at work in your everyday life?
READ 1 Thessalonians 2:13
In this context, what is Paul talking about when he refers to the ‘word of God’? What do we know as the ‘Word of God’ today?
What is the significance of the word being God’s word? How does/should the source of the word change how we approach it?
Why do you think people are sometimes resistant to receiving the Bible as God’s Word?
Who had the Thessalonians received the word of God from? What gave it power?
What does Paul mean when he says that they had heard, accepted, and received God’s Word? What do you think it looks like us to do the same?
Who teaches and preaches at St Bart’s? How often do you pray for them?
How can and should we pray for those who teach and preach at St Bart’s?
READ 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16
What were the accusations that Paul asserts against the Jews? Who in particular is he talking about?
Why can we be certain that Paul is not simply being ‘anti-Jewish’?
Are you surprised when you suffer for the Gospel? Why or why not?
Have you ever known anyone who has been seriously persecuted for following Jesus? What could possibly give us strength in the face of such persecution?
In the letter so far, what are the various ways in which the Thessalonians had been transformed?
How was the imitation of the Judean church unintentional? What do you think would be worth imitating in the life of our church?
What is the true cost of the Gospel being obstructed? Do you think this ever happens today?
In the face of persecution or suffering, how does the promise of God’s justice bring comfort and confidence? Can you think of an example of when this has been true for you?
How have you seen the ‘Word at work’ in the life of Christians you know? How about in you?
Gracious God, thank you so much for your Word that brings life! Thanks you that you desire for your living Word to be put to work in our lives. Please help us to be saturated in your Word and submit our lives everyday to your will and your ways. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Helpful Books and Articles
A great video of children answering questions about the Bible (ideal to watch with children, this was used at Sunday School)