The Sacred Overlap
“What do you know?”
1 Thessalonians 2:1-7a
You know: (vs 1-2a)
- Who you are as disciples: “brothers and sisters” (adelphoi)
- Our visit was not without results (a failure)
- What happened in Philippi? (Acts 16-17)
You know: (vs 2b-4)
- Sharing the gospel requires:
- Boldness and courage in the face of opposition
- The help of God alone to faithfully share His gospel
- Sharing the gospel is an appeal:
- “Paraklesis” – a word of encouragement and comfort
- Not sourced in error, wrong motives or deception
- An ‘earnest request’ sourced in truth
- Sharing the gospel requires a right perspective:
- We must speak
- Knowing God alone approves us
- We are entrusted with His message
- We are not people pleasers
- We live to please God alone who tests our hearts
You know: (vs 5-7a)
- The gospel should never be compromised by:
- Cloaked greed
- Lust for people’s praise
- Added burdens placed on the hearers
- The gospel should be shared with the conviction that:
- God is witness
- We are messengers sent by Jesus having authority to ask for more, but instead
- We bring the good news in gentleness just like Jesus
Bridging the gap between “you know” and “you do”
It’s a matter of life and death
Core CHRIST-like Characteristics: Relates with other-centered love, Intentional evangelism, Spirit-led servant.
- Begin Life Group with prayer — invite the Holy Spirit to speak and move among you.
- Identity in Christ takes us from being a slave to sin and makes us his children (John 8:34-35).
When we internalize that, how does it change the way I look at and treat other men and women in the church?
- Describe a time in your adventure with Jesus when, at the time, you felt something was a ‘failure’ but over time, you now see the ‘fruit’ of that moment and understand God’s perspective on it.
- How would you share the good news with someone?
Put it into words and share your approach with the group?
- Why are motives so important to Paul here and even more so to God?
- As disciples who share the good news and build up others, how do we guard against error, wrong motives and our own selfish desires?
- Read Matthew 11:25-30.
How does Jesus’ prayer and invitation illustrate well what Paul is teaching in 1 Thessalonians 2:1-7a?
- Finally, close your time in prayer together.
Begin the time with silence and an invitation to God to search your heart, test it and rid it of any motives not of Him and invite Him to shape it more and more like Jesus’ heart!