Sermon Bible Study Guides

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 - May 18th 2018

Sharing the Gospel & our lives

Read 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

  1. What circumstances did Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy find themselves in through sharing the gospel?
    1. Why?
    2. What about the gospel would lead to these kinds of reactions?
    3. Does that mean the gospel is flawed/wrong?
  2. Why did they keep going if they were seeing this kind of response?
  3. What are their motives for preaching the gospel? What are not?
  4. What characterized the manner or way in which they shared the gospel?
  5. What else did they share with the Thessalonians and why?
  6. What kind of demands could they have made? What did they do instead?
  7. What did they exhort or encourage the Thessalonians to do? What does that mean/look like? 

Application:

  1. Are you sharing the gospel with others? How are they responding? What keeps you going? According to this passage what should?
  2. How are you sharing the gospel? (Consider actually how you do it, and what are your motives/character)
  3. Who are you sharing "your own selves"? How would you define what that means?
  4. How can we cultivate:
    1. endurance in suffering/being treated shamefully/conflict as a result of sharing the gospel?
    2. this kind of parental love/affection for others?
    3. this kind of attitude and boldness in sharing the gospel?
    4. walking in a manner worthy of God?
in 3 John

3 John - September 22nd

Walk in truth by showing love to the family of God

 

Read 3 John 1-4

  1. Who is the author writing to and how does he feel about them?
  2. Why does he feel that way about him? Who else does he feel this way towards?

Application:

  1. How do you respond to testimonies of God’s work in other Christians? What practical steps could you take to help you respond with rejoicing more consistently?
  2. What simple step can you take to help encourage other Christians, based off this text?

Read 3 John 5-12

  1. What faithful thing has Gaius done? Why does John say it is important for him to do this?
  2. What is the result of Gaius’s support of these brothers?
  3. What is Diotrophes doing?
  4. What does John say Gaius should and shouldn’t imitate? Who are the examples of who to imitate and who not to imitate?

Application:

  1. What does John’s responses to Gaius and Diotrophes teach us about how we should engage with others in the church?
  2. What practical ways could you become fellow workers for the truth with other believers?

Read 3 John 13-15

  1. How does John conclude the letter?
  2. What does John seem to value in the way he concludes?

Application:

  1. What would need to change in the way you think about fellow Christians in order for you to speak about fellow believers in the same way as John?
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