The biblical teaching of Christ’s return is almost always tied to the admonition to be alert and awake. That is, we are to live with a sense of urgency, making the most of our opportunities, with an eternal perspective on our life and choices. There is also a call to minister, and to evangelize. “As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work” (John 9:4). “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:14).
Then focus of this week’s discussion is how we can better minister to one another within the body of Christ and secondly, how we can best be a light to nonbelievers.
1) What challenged you from the weekend message?
2) Read verses 9-10.What is the “love of the brethren?” What did Jesus have to say about it?
3) Read verses 11-12. What does it look like for you to live a holy and honorable personal life?
4) What do you think “to lead a quiet life” means? Describe it.
Note: The word “quiet” means quiet in the sense of restfulness rather than quiet as opposed to talkativeness. Paul was telling the Thessalonians to be less frantic, not less exuberant.
*What is the value of leading this kind of life?
*How do we achieve a quiet life? Where does it start?
5) In Paul’s culture, what do you think “work with your hands” means? What does it mean in today’s culture?
6) Why is it important to win the respect of outsiders (non-believers). In what ways do you feel that you are leading a life that wins the respect of non-believers?
If you knew the lord was going to return in 2021, how would you live differently?