Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40:9-25
Why would Israel even consider worshiping God?
i) How did God rescue them?
ii) How did God rescue you?
Are there any other Gods besides Jehovah?
i) What does idolatry do to our view of God?
ii) What does idolatry do to our relationship with God?
How does the Bible show the foolishness of idolatry?
What is so important about the name of God?
In what ways can we take the name of God in ‘vain’?
i) How does this happen in our lives?
Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:1-20
Key Thought: Recognize our idols and guard our hearts!
What’s the point of The 10 Commandments?
What’s so special about them?
Who should we worship?
How should we worship?
How do we know we have a hard heart against god?
Pentecost is the Christian festival celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension, held on the seventh Sunday after Easter.
Part 1: Chaos and Fear
Part 2: The Spirit Descends
Part 3: Into All the World
Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Key Thought: The Return!
In what way is the resurrection “a means to an end?”
i) What is the end?
What is the chief focus of 1st Thessalonians? is this the focus of your life?
What do we know about the return of Jesus?
i) What are its implications for our lives?
How should we live as ‘children of the day?”
What is the significance of the ‘armor’ in the text?
i) Why would the Christian need to wear armor?
What does God want for us?
i) How should this affect our lives?
Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Key Thought: Encourage One Another!
Useful Passages for further study: 1 Corinthians 15 and Matthew 24
Why does Paul need to remind the Thessalonians of the resurrection?
i) What would be different if they did not know about the resurrection?
Do you think we are “uniformed” in any of these matters today?
i) The Thessalonians seem to have overemphasized (or at least misunderstood) some issues of theology, yet were uninformed considering other essential Christian teachings. Do we have similar issues today?
What does it mean to “encourage on another with these words?”
i) How does the resurrection encourage us today?
ii) How does this teaching change our view of those who have died?
iii) How does it change the way we live right now?
Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
In Paul`s prayer in 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13, he concludes with the return of Jesus Christ. How should the ‘Return of Christ’ affect our lives?
i) In what ares of your life, do you need to improve?
What does it mean to ‘abound’?
i) How can you abound?
What is goes will for us, as followers? How does that look like in your own life?
What do you think of Paul’s understanding of sexual immorality?
How can we reach the goals of purity & honour in our own sexual lives?
How does ‘brotherly love’ relate to this matter?
Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1 Chapters 2-3
Key Thought: Family is Important!
When the Thessalonians cannot refute Paul what do they do?
i) Have you ever experienced the same thing happening to you?
What are some of the accusations made against the Apostle Paul?
i) Have you ever been wrongfully accused of something in your Christian life?
How does Paul respond to the accusations?
What four family metaphors does Paul use to explain how he related to the Thessalonians?
Imagine what a church would be like if everyone followed Paul’s example. Be specific in what you think it might like look like.