Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.
Today, let's talk about..
1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Now Timothy has returned to us from you and has given us good news about your faithfulness and love! He says that you always have good memories about us and that you want to see us as much as we want to see you. 7 Because of this, brothers and sisters, we were encouraged in all our distress and trouble through your faithfulness. 8 For now we are alive if you are standing your ground in the Lord. 9 How can we thank God enough for you, given all the joy we have because of you before our God? 10 Night and day, we pray more than ever to see all of you in person and to complete whatever you still need for your faith. 11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus guide us on our way back to you. 12 May the Lord cause you to increase and enrich your love for each other and for everyone in the same way as we also love you. 13 May the love cause your hearts to be strengthened, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his people. Amen.
Night and day, we pray more than ever to see all of you in person and to complete whatever you still need for your faith. —1 Thessalonians 3:10
Paul wrote this letter to a group of believers encouraging them not to give in to the pagan world around them. He knew they faced hardships for being Christian and that some would stumble and want to give up. He also sent Timothy to check on them and help them stay strong. Paul’s message was to stand together and to stand firm as Christians, while loving one another. Paul knew the power of Christians in community versus isolation. He also knew some were concerned about end times and the afterlife. So he reminded them (and us) to keep praying together, to keep loving one another the way Jesus taught, and to keep following Jesus’ teachings and the Holy Spirit.
Questions to discuss:
How easy or difficult is it for you to maintain a sense of hope and optimism in our world?
How do prayer and connecting with other Christians help you remain hopeful and faithful?