There was a time when early followers of Jesus modeled for the world that people who lived as though “tomorrow” wasn’t guaranteed, lived more passionate, committed lives of sharing the Gospel with the world around them. Join us for this series as we study the books of Thessalonians and dare to ask the question: how could our lives change if we completely surrendered to what God wants to do in and through us TODAY.
September 4: “The Kids Are Watching”
1 Thessalonians 1:6-10; Acts 17:2-5
Paul’s letters to his friends in Thessalonica remind us to live with urgent passion for the way of Jesus. If we commit to living each day as though tomorrow wasn’t promised we could live with more focus.
September 11: “Entrusted”
1 Thessalonians 2:1-20
God changes lives every day and usually He uses someone just like you. When you invest yourself into the lives of those around you, you experience something divine and beautiful – joy.
September 18: “Our Daily Ambition”
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
As we look at how Paul leads his friends, we are challenged to embrace the few things that Paul says should be a priority in the daily lives of those who follow Christ.
September 25: “Our Hope”
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Death has caused pain and questions and doubt throughout history. Paul listens to his friends wrestling with death and grief and re-frames their fear of death. He points to a hope in Jesus Christ that is much larger than this life.
October 2: “Live Differently”
1 Thessalonians 5:1-28
Paul asks an important question, “Are you awake spiritually or have you drifted off to sleep?” He then gives a list of ways to check your spiritual blood pressure. It is good news that we can join God in His work of transformation all around the world.
October 9: “Is It Worth It?”
2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
There is a cost for following Jesus with your life. Paul reminds us that it is worth it. We don’t need to worry about what we lose or what we gain. Whatever happens on the scales of life God is trustworthy and able to use it for His Kingdom and our good.
October 16: “Anchored”
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
Paul’s friends in Thessalonica were unsettled about the return of Jesus. Their misunderstandings led to anxious days and sleepless nights. When we know and embrace the truth of life we can find an anchor that will hold us in the storms.
October 23: “The Called Out”
2 Thessalonians 3
Those who follow Jesus are called out to live a different way with a different goal in life. Paul reminds this young church in the ancient world to live like Jesus did come and will come again.