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[1 Thess] Chapter 2 & Baptisms

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1 Thessalonians

Chapter 2 & Baptism Sunday

We are working our way, a chapter each week through the book of 1 Thessalonians.  Today we looked at chapter 2.

Dave looked especially at verses 11 to 13.

A GOD-SIZED LIFE

1 Thessalonians 2:12 – “live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory.”

Paul is talking about the type of life we live

  • What do you think about this idea of living a life that God would consider worthy? Does this feel like a test we pass or, more likely, fail? What does this tell us about our view of God?
  • Dave understood it to mean we live a life where Jesus could step into your shoes and nothing would need to change… What do you think about this? Do you think this is possible?

Dave briefly talked about what a good or successful life looked like. There is the life we might live by default – where we just go with the flow. And there is the life that Hollywood or advertisers tell us is a fulfilling life.

  • What do these two lives (default & Hollywood) look like for you? What are the priorities and values of these lives? How do they appeal to you?
  • What do you think a God-sized life looks like? What are the priorities and values? Does it look similar to the other lives? What makes it different, even if you can’t see it?
  • Can you give examples from your own life where learning to live a God-sized life has meant you’ve diverged away from a default- or Hollywood-life?

Dave talked about the 2 rules Jesus gave us in Matthew 22:35-40.

  • Can you think about how these two look in your life? Especially when you get away from ‘religious’ activity into the normal mundane stuff of everyday life? What did you do today to love God and love others?

We can’t live a God-sized life on our own. In verse 13 Paul says that the message of Jesus is more than human ideas – “when you received his message from us, you didn’t think of our words as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as the very word of God — which, of course, it is. And this word continues to work in you who believe.”

  • What do you think he means when he says, “this word continues to work in you who believe”?  What are you doing to co-work with this?

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Posted on 3rd July 2018
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