Lesson 3 - The Power of Faith1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
I hope that in our past weekís study you saw how important our daily living is in witnessing about Christ. Our character, our resolve, and the relationships we develop with others should all mirror Paulís example in taking the gospel to the lost. Through the way we conduct our lives, love our neighbors, and care for those around us, Christ will always shine through as He did in Paulís life. Finally, as we saw in Paulís life, witnessing is a long-term commitment, not a momentary one.
This week I want you to see how strong the faith of those at Thessalonica was by recognizing what faith really is, how we get it, and what we are to do with it. Weíll see this week how powerful Godís Holy Word is, the impact it had on the Thessalonians Ė and the power it can have in your life.
Real, life-changing faith will give us a peace, a reassurance, a victory over the enemies of Christ, and help us to live a fulfilling and fruitful life. May God bless you this week as we study His Holy Word.
Read 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16 and answer the following:
- In this passage, Paul is commending the Thessalonians for being faithful servants who accepted Godís word and endured in their faith even in the face of severe persecution. Do you believe that their perseverance was evidence of their faith? Why?
- How did the gospel message come to Thessalonica? (In verse 5, it came in three forms. Can you name them?)
- Last week I asked you to read Acts 17: 1-15. Look at this passage again, as well as our study this week. Who were the people persecuting them?
- Enduring trials, persecutions, and facing our doubts and fears all require a strong faith in what we believe. How do those in Thessalonica Ė and we today Ė get the faith we need? (Romans 10:17)
- There is power in Godís word, power beyond anything we can even imagine. What does God himself say about His Word? (Isaiah 55:11)
- Many people believe the Bible is simply a collection of writings by 50 or so authors over several thousand years. What do the Apostles tell us about Godís word and the book we today call the Holy Bible? (II Peter 1:21, and II Timothy 3:16-17)
- Knowing then that faith comes from hearing the word of God, and that Godís Word is written out for us in the Bible as the Holy Spirit led men to write it; we realize that our faith isnít blind Ė itís purposeful and will empower us to live as "faithful servants". What does Godís word command us regarding faith? Beside each scripture, in a word or two, write how we are to live our new life of faith.
- Romans 1:17
- Romans 4:12
- Matthew 21:22
- Ephesians 6:16
- 1 John 2:13-17
- Hebrews 11:13
- 1 Corinthians 16:13
- 2 Corinthians 8:7
- Luke 17:5
Finally, Proverbs 3:5-7 summarizes our life in faith Ė I pray that from todayís study youíll commit to living your life out in faith, faith in our Lordís provision for your every need, direction for your life, caring for your family, and with the hope of heaven firmly in your heart.
May God richly bless you as study this week.
Yours in Christ,