Sermon Bible Study Guides

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 - May 11th 2018

The Power of the Gospel

Read 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

  1. Who is writing? Who are they writing to?
  2. What does the author start the letter by telling them?
  3. What are the reasons for this thanksgiving? Where do these reasons come from?
  4. How do the authors speak about their on ministry?
  5. What has been the consequence of the Thessalonians’ behavior?
  6. What is the reputation of the Thessalonians among other churches?
    1. Who does leave the focus on?

Application:

  1. What is the overall theme or focus of this passage?
  2. What qualities does Paul celebrate in the Thessalonians? How might you grow in these same kinds of qualities?
  3. How could we as a church grow in having the kind of reputation that the Thessalonians had?
  4. Why is waiting an important part of the Thessalonians’ reputation? Waiting for what? Would others notice that about your posture in life?
  5. How does this passage relate to the gospel?

Colossians 4:12 - May 4th 2018

Wrestling in Prayer

Read all of Colossians (sermon will be on 4:12)

  1. Who is Epaphras? (according to this verse... do you know anything more about him?)
    1. What does it mean that he's one of you?
    2. What does it mean he's a servant of Christ Jesus?
  2. What does Epaphras do? 
  3. How does he do it?
    1. What does it mean to "struggle in prayer"?
    2. How is it on their behalf?
  4. What does he pray for and what does it mean?
    1. What does it mean to "stand mature"?
    2. What does it mean to be "fully assured in the will of God"?
  5. How does being a servant of Christ Jesus relate to our prayer? Specifically for one another?

Application:

  1. How might we learn from Epaphras' example?
  2. Would you describe your prayer life as "struggling on others behalf"?
  3. Pray for some members of the church to stand mature and fully assured in all God's will. (Use the directory and pray for a page)
  4. Consider how this passage relates to the gospel. How might we forget the gospel when reflecting on a passage like this?

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