Week of June 6, 2021
- Start with an ice breaker question like, “What was your first paying job?”
- Have someone pray as you begin
- Who in your family was most concerned in teaching your “manners” when you were growing up? What did they teach you?
- Have someone read 1 Thessalonians 2:9
There are many reasons to work. What is the specific reason Paul says in v. 9 he was working so hard?
- How do you think it would have been a burden to the people if Paul had not been working hard? How would Paul’s lack of working affected them?
- Has anyone ever made you feel like you were being taken advantage of? What happened?
- Have several people read 1 Thessalonians 2:10 from different Bible translations.
- How would you describe the three different character qualities that Paul mentions in this verse? What would you say is the opposite of each of these? Why is each of these an important character quality – in other words, what is the problem of being the opposite of them?
- Have someone read 1 Thessalonians 2:11
- Earlier Paul commented how he had been like a child among them, and also like a mother caring and feeding her children. Here he uses another family relationship – father and child. Why do you think Paul is using these descriptions about how he has treated these people?
- Why do you think Paul needed to remind them about how he treated them? What is he after here?
- Have someone read 1 Thessalonians 2:12
- Paul turns from focusing on HIS behavior, to focusing on THEIR behavior. Who does Paul want them to focus on when it comes to their behavior? (Hint: GOD)
- Why does focusing on God become the most important factor in motivating our behavior? What happens when we make OTHER things, or other people the focus of our behavior?
- Have someone read Romans 8:5. How does this verse echo what Paul is saying here in 1 Thessalonians?
- Close in prayer, asking the Lord to open our eyes to see what is the motivation behind how we act and why we do what we do.