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1 Thessalonians 2-3 Message

1 Thessalonians 2-3 Message

MAKE YOUR LOVE INCREASE AND OVERFLOW
1 Thessalonian 2:17-3:13 Key Verse: 3:12

“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as our does for you.”

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Today’s passage is mainly Apostle Paul’s concern, thanks and prayers for Thessalonian Christians who were going through times of trials and persecutions. Paul had three prayer topics; 1) to see them face to face, 2) for their love to increase and overflow, and 3) for their hearts to be strengthened. May God grant each one of us to receive the word of God through today’s passage. Amen.

I. Settle In These Trials (2:17-3:5)
Look at verse 2:17, “But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you.” Due to persecutions, Christians in Thessalonica had to send Paul, Silas and Timothy away to Berea. They felt that they were being orphaned, which revealed their loneliness during the time of God’s work. They had to move one place to another constantly like Missionary Isaac and Mary Baek’s family. How hard it could have been for them to endure?

Even though they were separated, they were in their thought like a lover. Even though their bodies were separated, they were together in their prayer and concern. They wanted to see the Thessalonians like parents who wanted to see their children. They wanted to see them in order to provide anything lacking in their faith. The new believers needed to stand firm going through persecutions. They were being tempted from the influence of the world. Paul wanted to encourage them to love each other in this time of trials, and strengthen them to live moral and blameless lives.

They tried to come, especially Paul tried again and again, but could not because Satan blocked their way. We do not know how Satan blocked his way, but we know for sure that there was hindrance for Paul to go to Thessalonica. According to Acts 17 he was being chased by the Jews from Thessalonica who came to persecute Paul in Berea. Maybe Thessalonian Jews lied to people in Berea so that they would not sell Paul a horse riding ticket to Thessalonica. Paul was afraid that the Christians in Thessalonica were being persecuted and lost. He loved them so much because they were his hope, joy and crown in the presence of the coming Jesus.

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1 Thessalonians 2-3 Questions

1 Thessalonians 2-3 Questions

MAKE YOUR LOVE INCREASE AND OVERFLOW
1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13 Key Verse: 3:12

“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as our does for you.”

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1. Read 2:17-20. How were they separated in person (2:17, Acts 17:10)? Why did they want to come and see them (2:19-20; 3:10)? How did they try to come but could not?

2. Read 3:1-5. Why did he go to Athens (Acts 17:14-15)? Why did he send Timothy? What are they destined for (3)? What did they keep on telling Thessalonian Christians (4)? What did he want to find out and why (5)?

3. Read 3:6-10. What news did Timothy bring about Thessalonian Christians? What affection did they have toward each other? By what were they encouraged (7-8)? What was their thankful topic?

4. Read 3:11-13. What were the prayer topics? How could their love toward each other and overflow? Why did they pray for their hearts to be strengthened?

1 Thessalonians 2 Message

1 Thessalonians 2 Message

MOTHER AND FATHER LIKE SHEPHERD
1 Thessalonians 2:1-16 Key Verse: 11
“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children.”

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In chapter 1, Paul, Silas and Timothy gave thanks for the faith of Thessalonian Christians and their faith in action. The gospel was not just words but came to them with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction as they welcomed the message. Thus they became examples to all other churches in the region.

In this chapter 2, Paul and his coworkers are sharing their testimony on how the gospel was preached in spite of severe persecution in Thessalonica. It is God who enabled them to dare to preach the gospel and to care for the disciples like a mother and father. The work of God was evident that they also could suffer for Christ. May God grant us one word of God through today’s passage. Amen!

I. Approved by God through God’s Tests (1-7a).

Look at verse 1, “You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. Verse
1 is the connecting sentence between chapter 1 and 2. In chapter 1, the gospel came to the Thessalonians not with words only but with power. There was the work of the Holy Spirit in their hearts and some Jews and Greek converts accepted the gospel of Jesus, including prominent women (Acts 17:1-4). In the rest of chapter 2, Paul shares the inside story of how they struggled in doing God’s work in Thessalonica.

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1 Thessalonians 2 Questions

1 Thessalonians 2 Questions

MOTHER AND FATHER LIKE SHEPHERD
1 Thessalonians 2:1-16 Key Verse: 11

“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children.”

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1. What was the result of God’s work in Thessalonica? (Acts 17:1-4) How hard it was to continue to preach the gospel in Philippi? (Acts 17:5-9) How did they overcome the test? (3-6)

2. How did Paul and Silas care for Christians in Thessalonica? (7) What does it mean to care like a mother? (8) How did they live an exemplary life among Christians in Thessalonica? (9-10)

3. What does it mean to deal with other members as a father? (11-12) How did Paul encourage, comfort and urge? How can we live lives worthy of God?

4. Why did Paul thank God for Thessalonian Christians? (13) How do we know that the word of God is at work in one’s life? (14-16) How did they overcome persecutions?

1 Thessalonians 1 Message

1 Thessalonians 1 Message

Faith, Hope and Love in Action

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Key Verse: 1:3

“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Today we begin to study the New Testament book of 1 Thessalonians. Like Philippians, this is a letter written by Paul and his coworkers to the church that they had pioneered. Thessalonica is a Greek city, as Philippi was. In fact, according to the book of Acts, Thessalonica was pioneered right after Philippi, also on the second mission journey of Paul and Silas. However, most scholars think that 1 Thessalonians was actually written before Philippians, and may even be the earliest book of Paul in the New Testament.

Among Paul’s letters, 1 and 2 Thessalonians are the ones that say the most about Jesus’ second coming. The theme of hope in that event runs strongly through both books. We won’t get into that much today, just to touch on it. The first chapter of 1 Thessalonians, as we saw when we read it, is very short—just 10 verses, and it kind of looks like the standard greetings and thanksgivings that Paul puts at the beginning of every letter. But if we look more closely, there are some very deep themes running through it. There is a special emphasis on faith in action, that is, faith that works and faith that sets an example.

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Faith That Shows

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Key Verse: 1:3

“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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1. What visible fruits of the Thessalonians’ faith did Paul praise in verse 3? What were the underlying graces that motivated them? Discuss how each of these graces can produce the visible result mentioned.

2. Read verses 4-5. What was the evidence that God had chosen the believers at Thessalonica? What does this teach about the nature of the gospel and the goal of evangelism?

3. Why does Paul mention the great suffering that accompanied the gospel work in Thessalonica (v. 6; see Acts 17:1-9)?

4. Look at verses 7-9a. Why did Paul not need to tell others about the Thessalonians’ faith? What does this chapter teach about the importance of providing an example of Christian life? (5b, 6a, 7a)

5. Look at verses 9b-10. How does Paul summarize the change that had occurred in the believers’ lives? How has this change been revealed in your life?

Genesis 40-41 Questions

Genesis 40-41 Questions

GOD REVEALS HIS SOVEREIGN WILL

Genesis 40-41
Key verse: 41:51, 52

1. Read 40:1-8. What was Joseph’s situation when he met the king’s cupbearer and baker? What was their situation? How did Joseph show a shepherd’s concern for them? How could he help them? What did he teach them about God?

2. Read 40:9-22. What was the cupbearer’s dream? How did Joseph interpret it? How was the baker’s dream similar to the cupbearer’s? How did Joseph show himself to be an honest and fearless teacher of God’s revelation? How were the two dreams fulfilled?

3. Read 41:1-13. What request had Joseph made of the cupbearer? Why? What was the strange dream that Pharaoh had? When did the cupbearer remember Joseph? (40:14,23; 40:9) What did he tell Pharaoh about Joseph?

4. Read 41:14-42. How did Joseph prepare to go to Pharaoh? What were Joseph’s first words to Pharaoh? What does this show about him? What did Joseph teach Pharaoh about God’s sovereign control of nature and history? What did the dreams mean? (17-32)

5. Read 41:33-40. How did Joseph counsel Pharaoh? Why was he not afraid of offending Pharaoh? How does this show his shepherd mind for Pharaoh and Egypt? Why did Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of his palace and in charge of Egypt?

6. Read 41:41-49. What did Joseph do after being make prime minister of Egypt? How old was he? How did Pharaoh honor him and provide for him? How did Joseph use his privileges? What does this show about his faith?

7. Read 41:50-57. What did Joseph name his sons? What does this reveal about his faith? How did God reveal his sovereignty over Egypt and the world? How did he use Joseph to save many lives?

Genesis 48-50 Questions

Genesis 48-50 Questions

JOSEPH’S FAITH AND STEWARDSHIP

Genesis 48:1‑50:26
Key Verse: 50:20
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

1. How did Jacob bless Joseph’s sons? (48:1-21) What is the significance of this blessing in Israel’s history? Joseph is not in genealogy of Jesus but his sons. In what way does he point to Jesus?

2. How did Jacob bless his children one by one (49:1-28)? Any noticeable blessing do you find in Jacob’s blessing? Why?

3. What did Jacob ask his sons do for his burial place? Why? What did they do?

4. Why did Joseph’s brothers become fearful after their father’s death? What did Joseph teach them? What hope did Joseph plant in his family? (50:22-26)

Genesis 42-44 Questions

Genesis 42-44 Questions

JOSEPH’S BROTHERS REPENT

Genesis 42:1‑44:34
Key Verse: 44:33

“Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers.”

1. How wide did the famine extend? Why didn’t Jacob send Benjamin with them? What did Joseph think of when they bowed down before him? (9a) What does this show about his faith?

2. Why did he accuse them of being spies? What information about themselves and their family did they divulge? (6-13) How did he propose to test them?

3. What did they reveal about their burden of guilt? (21-13) How did their confession affect Joseph? Why? What additional anxiety did Joseph give his brothers? Why? (28)

4. What report did they give their father? What was their reaction when they discovered the rest of their money in the sacks? (29-35) What reveals the sorrow and fatalism in Jacob’s heart?

5. How did Judah persuade Jacob to send Benjamin? (3, 8-10) How did Joseph receive them and why were they so frightened? (15-22)

6. What serious problem did Joseph create for his brothers as they were leaving Egypt? Why? How did the brothers respond to the crisis? How have they changed? What was Judah’s plea? How was he changed? What can we learn from Joseph and from God of Joseph?

Genesis 37-39 Questions

Genesis 37-39 Questions

GOD WAS WITH JOSEPH
Genesis 37-39
Key verse: 39:2
“The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.”

1. Read 37:1-11.Why did Joseph’s brothers hate him? What was his home atmosphere probably like? How did God reveal to Joseph a larger purpose for his life? How was Joseph’s inner life different from that of his brothers?

2. Read 37:12-17. What errand did Jacob give Joseph? How did Joseph carry out the mission his father gave him? What does this show about him?

3. Read 37:18-36. How did Joseph’s brothers come to sell him to Midianite traders going to Egypt? What were the roles of Judah and Reuben in this crime? How did they explain to their father, and how did this affect his life? What happened to Joseph? (Ps 105:17,18)

4. Read 38:1-30. Why did Judah leave home? Describe his family life among the Canaanites. Who was Tamar? Why did Judah say, “She is more righteous than I…” (26) How does God use her to bring Judah back into the covenant history? (See also Mt: 1:2,3)

5. Read 39:1-10. How did Joseph rise to power in Potiphar’s house? What did he have to overcome? Why and how did Potiphar’s wife try to seduce Joseph? What did he tell her?

6. Read 39:11-20a. What happened one day? What happened to Joseph because of her lies? Read 39:20b-23. What happened to Joseph in prison? What difference did it make that “God was with Joseph”?