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1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

Summary

Paul admonishes the Thessalonians to walk in a manner worthy of God. He points out his conduct so that those reading his letter would learn from his example and do likewise.

Focus

Paul showed these believers what it looks like to Walk in a manner worthy of God. From his behavior in Thessalonica, three words stand out — Character, Communication and Conduct. This week’s discussion will center around these three words and how to make your life count.

Discussion Questions

 

  1. What stood out to you from Bill’s message?

     

  2. In verses 3 and 4 Paul refers to motives. Why are motives important?  What things are specifically mentioned about what Paul didn’t do as he shared the gospel? What are some ways we can have wrong motives in ministry?

     

  3. Character is what you truly are. Reputation is what you want people to think you are. Pressure reveals our character or what is truly in us? Has this pandemic revealed something you need to work on? How can you work on it?

     

  4. Read verses 5-7. Comment on what Bill said that “Most conversations are people trying to get something from someone else.” Do you agree with that statement?  Have you ever done this? Explain.

     

  5. Read Colossians 4:6. What do you think Paul means when he writes “Let your speech always be gracious”? Is it possible to be gracious and to still present a message that might be hard to receive? Explain.

     

  6. Read Ephesians 4:1-3. What does Paul mean when he says walk (live) worthy of the Lord?

Wrap Up

Character, conduct, and good conversation matter. If your life is characterized by these three things, you can say your life is not in vain.