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Thursday, September 18, 2008

1 and 2 Thessalonians Week 2

The first week of our bible study was great! I was glad to see that everyone in the class was involved in asking questions and discussion. I am really looking forward to this week's class.

Last week we studied Acts 17- the founding of the church in Thessalonica. We also learned about the city of Thessalonica, and its history. This week we are diving into chapter 1 of 1 Thessalonians! The first few verses are packed with meaning for the church, so we will really focus on the first five verses in class.

If you are following along online here are some links that will help you to read 1 Thessalonians 1:

1) http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/1thess-lbw.htm

and http://www.enduringword.com/commentaries/5201.htm

I posted the Enduring Word Commentary last week, but I have found both to be helpful.

In verse four Paul says that he knew that God chose the people of Thessalonica. How do we know that God chose us?

(Hint: The answer is simple- if we have faith, we know that God chose us.)

2) Watch the video on praying for others, and answer the questions below it.

In verse two Paul thanked God in his prayers for the Thessalonian church. According to the video how does it make others feel when we pray for them?

How do you feel when you pray for others?

Why should we pray for others?

3)In verse 5 of 1 Thessalonians 1, Paul mentions the power of God's Word. Look at the hymn found in the link below. (This is hymn 222 in the Lutheran Worship hymnal.)


Where does the Word come from?

How are we blessed by it?

Post any thoughts, comments, or questions below. Let's get the discussion going!

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