Sermon Notes

Getting Stronger
“Strengthen Your Love”
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

  1. Paul confirms their obedience.
  2. Paul challenges them to grow!

HOW do we love others well?

  1. Don’t be a trouble-maker. Instead, seek balance.
  2. Don’t be a busybody. Instead, concentrate on your own affairs.
  3. Don’t be a burden. Instead, work to provide for your own needs.

WHY do we love others well?

  1. Requirement
  2. Reputation
  3. Responsibility

Core CHRISTlike Characteristic: Relates With Other-Centered Love

LifeGroup Questions

  1. In 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10, Paul confirms the believers’ love for those inside the church.
    • How have you experienced this kind of brotherly love in the past?
    • What are some good things that come out of this kind of love within the church?
  2. This week’s message describes 3 ways to love well:
    • Don’t be a troublemaker – make it your ambition to live a quiet life …
    • Don’t be a busybody – mind your own business . . .
    • Don’t be a burden – work diligently
    1. How do each of these contrast with the way our world functions?
    2. How might following these three guidelines change the way we live our lives on social media platforms and in face-to-face settings?
    3. Which of these 3 comes easiest to you?
      How so?
    4. Which of these 3 is your biggest challenge?
      Why?
    5. What is the most significant step you can take to make real progress in that area?
  3. How does the way we love our brothers and sisters inside the church affect our reputation/witness in the community?