Acts + Letters Lesson 18 Day 3

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1 Thessalonians 2-3

Questions for Acts and Letters of the Apostles Lesson 18

Paul’s concern for their faith

7. Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica

  • Fruitful (v. 1)
  • Bold (v. 2)
  • Proclaimed the truth (v. 3)
  • Pure motives (v. 3)
  • No fraud or deception (v.3)
  • Their goal was to please God. (v. 4)
  • They did not resort to flattery. (v. 5)
  • Not seeking glory or recognition from them or others (v. 6)
  • Gentle and caring like a nursing mother cares for her children. (v. 7)
  • They worked night and day to support themselves and not be a burden while they were there also sharing the gospel. (v. 9)

Following Jesus

We need encouragement so we don’t stay babies or fall away. 

“A committed faith perseveres, never gives up, and follows Christ no matter the cost (Matthew 19:27).” (AWLC)

7. Persecution 

The Greek word translated affliction in some translations means oppression, persecution, pressure, and distress. It doesn’t mean sickness and disease.

Persecution is part of a believer’s life. Paul warned them from the beginning that it would not be an easy life for them.

Personal experience

In high school, our youth group experienced revival. Some of us started taking our Bibles to school every day. The attention we drew was mostly subtle, but we felt the pressure to be normal and keep our faith to ourselves. In some ways, I think the subtle pressure is a more effective weapon in Satan’s arsenal. 

Today, the general attitude toward Christianity is much worse.

8. Paul expresses his love and concern for them.

It’s rare today to see a man or woman who shares the Gospel express such tender and overt kindness and love. I’d never visualized Paul this way. I imagined him being a stern preacher type. If he wrote this today, he might add a string of heart emoticons. :-)

Paul provides excellent encouragement and a beautiful example for us to follow.

He models how we should love one another.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35)

Beloved, let’s love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves has been born of God, and knows God. He who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, for God is love. By this God’s love was revealed in us, that God has sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, if God loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love has been perfected in us. (1 John 4:7-12)

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:8)

For you, brothers, were called for freedom. Only don’t use your freedom for gain to the flesh, but through love be servants to one another. (Galatians 5:13)

With tender humility and quiet patience, always demonstrate gentleness and generous love toward one another, especially toward those who may try your patience. (Ephesians 4:2 TPT)

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