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Small Group Questions

July 22, 2018
1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13
Get To Know You
1)   Paul really wanted to visit the Thessalonians but was unable to. Is there someone you would really like to visit, but have been unable to? Who? What's kept you from visiting?
Into the Text
2)   Read 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5. Paul says that Satan "blocked our way" so that he was unable to go to Thessalonica. Do you believe Satan is real? If not, what do you believe is meant in Scripture by all the references to Satan? If Satan is real, how much power does he have?
3)   Paul used the terms "crown" and "glory" to speak of the joy he felt at how the Thessalonian congregation remained in strong in the faith. What did they do that resulted in such joy for Paul?
4)   Paul's joy was rooted in what God had done in the Thessalonians. Is there someone you know who has served God in such a way that it gives you joy to witness what he/she does? Who? What did/does the person do?
5)   Paul was also concerned that their faith might weaken in the face of opposition. In an increasingly secular culture that is opposed to Christianity in many ways, how do we keep our faith from weakening?
6)   Read 1 Thessalonians 3:6-10. One of the reasons Paul wanted to visit the Thessalonians was to "supply what is lacking in your faith." Given that he so frequently praised their faith, what do you think was lacking?
7)   Since he wrote the letter to a community of faith, suppose he was to write a letter to our community of faith. Let's assume that he would also like to "supply what is lacking" in our faith. What do you think he might have in mind?
9)   Read 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13. What do you suppose Paul might pray for if he were writing to us instead of the Thessalonians?
9)   Scott left us with another challenging question: what is lacking in your faith? Prayerfully consider how you would answer the question.