Christian Living 

Learning from 1 Thessalonians 5

As a church we’ve been working through 1 Thessalonians (1,2,3,4) and the final chapter 5 raised a whole ton of questions and insights. Here are just a few of them. Jesus will return Don’t get caught up with dates & times of the coming of Christ – note how many Christians still ignore this (v.1) It will be surprising not unexpected (v.2) So don’t be surprised (v.4) Therefore be people of the day and the light not of the dark and the night (v.5-8) We are called to be alert (v.6), self-controlled…

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Christian Living 

Learning from 1 Thessalonians 4

We’re working through 1 Thessalonians (1,2,3) and chapter 4 gives you a lot to think about. Here are just a few. A good life There is a way of living that pleases God (v.1) and wins the respect of outsiders (v.12) It’s not a check box way of living but something Paul urges the Christians to do ‘more & more’ (v.1-2) This way of life involves avoiding sexual immorality (v.3), impurity (v.7), and being driven by passionate lust (v.5) but controlling our desires (v.4). Rejecting this is rejecting God (v.8)…

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Christian Living 

Learning from 1 Thessalonians 3

We’re studying a chapter of 1 Thessalonians each week (1, 2). Here are some simple questions and observations from chapter 3. Faith needs strengthening & encouraging (v.2, 10) Suffering & hardship is part of the package of following Christ (v.3-4, 7) Fear, temptation, spiritual battles and setbacks are too (v.5) Churches flourish with faith, love & genuine relationships (v.6, 11) Stories of faith in Christ encourage & inspire faith (v.8) Love for Christ, for the local church & the wider church can always increase (v.12) Jesus is coming back (v.13)

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Christian Living 

Learning from 1 Thessalonians 2

As a house church we’re reading 1 Thessalonians together. (chapter 1) Here are some of the things we drew out from 1 Thessalonians 2 Time spent investing in church is not ‘failure’ (v.1) This despite suffering, insults, strong opposition (v.2), toil & hardship (v.9), hostility & enemies (v.14-15) and the work of Satan (v.18). Being on mission with Christ requires some toughness. Do we have it? We’re to try and please God (v.4) who tests our hearts and not people (v.6). Who are you trying to please the most? The…

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