Weekly questions and information
The new community of believers in Thessalonica were grieving over the loss of loved ones in light of the hope of the 2nd coming of Jesus. Paul writes as a pastor to inform them and encourage them that because Jesus died and rose again, we have the sure hope that all those who are in Christ whether dead or alive, will always be with the Lord. And with this truth we should encourage one another.
Basic Christian belief is that we are ever living never dying people. Death is not the end of our journey it is a door way to eternity. This week we’ll talk about how that truth should affect the way we live as believers.
1) What did you take away for this weekends message?
2) What fears do you have about death?
3) Read vs 13. What do you think is Paul’s intention with this verse?
4) Read vss 14 and 15 and 2 Corinthians 5:8. What is Paul saying will happen to those who have already died in Jesus?
4) How do you find these passages comforting?
6) In what ways is a Christian’s grief different than non believers? What does it look like to grieve with hope? Can you find any examples from scripture?
7) How does the hope (assurance) of his return affect the way you live?
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?
1) Share a principle or insight you learned from the weekend sermon that was helpful. If you’re not sure you understand something, pose a question to the group for discussion.
2) Which of these 6 principles is most difficult for you to do? Which is easiest? Why?
3) Listening is not the same as hearing. Why is listening so much more difficult than hearing?
No way—no way any one can win. So withdraw or ignore the problem
Half way—compromise. Neither gets what they want. So both lose
But both can parties can win. Which of these 5 is most typical of you?
What can you do to get to “Our Way”?
5) What is one thing you have learned to do or say that seems to help your relationship?
6) What from Bill’s teaching could be put into practical application this week?
7) In this series on marriage and relationships, in ways were you challenged or encouraged? Were there any points/thoughts that you did not agree with?
Conflict is inevitable. No relationship is immune. But when managed biblically, conflict can be a catalyst for change and an opportunity for spiritual and relational growth. Many followers of Christ have not yet developed the ability to respond to conflict in a gospel-centered and biblically way. But when Christians learn to resolve conflict they can turn it into an opportunity to strengthen relationships and make their lives a testimony to the love and power of Christ.
In Psalm 139, David takes the theology terms ‘omniscience’, omnipotence, and omnipresence off the top shelf and brings them down to a personal level. To David, these concepts are not theological or philosophical—but relational and personal. David saw having a right knowledge of God as essential to living a fulfilling life with purpose.
1) What did you learn from pastor Bobby’s message from Psalm 139?
2) In your own words, define these three terms— omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence?
3) Why is it important to understand god’s omniscience
4) How does David feel about God’s total knowledge of him? 139:6
5) How do you feel about God’s total knowledge of you? Why?
6) Even though we cannot “get away” from God, what do you do to sometimes hold Him at a distance?
7) Since David has already acknowledged that God knows everything about him, what is his purpose in asking God to search him and know his heart? Why does God need to search our hearts instead of us searching our own hearts?
Conflict occurs in every marriage. Bill shared two key elements in dealing with conflict:
1) We wait to long to deal with conflict and secondly, We don’t hear or understand the other person