Scripture: I Thessalonians 5

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1 Thessalonians 5:1 (WEB) 1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that anything be written to you. For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night. For when they are saying, “Peace and safety,” then sudden destruction will come on them, like birth pains on a pregnant woman. Then they will in no way escape. But you, brothers, aren’t in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief. You are all children of light and children of the day. We don’t belong to the night, nor to darkness, so then let’s not sleep, as the rest do, but let’s watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep in the night; and those who are drunk are drunk in the night. But since we belong to the day, let’s be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God didn’t appoint us to wrath, but to the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. 11 Therefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as you also do. 12 But we beg you, brothers, to know those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you, 13 and to respect and honor them in love for their work’s sake.  Be at peace among yourselves. 14 We exhort you, brothers: Admonish the disorderly; encourage the faint-hearted; support the weak; be patient toward all. 15 See that no one returns evil for evil to anyone, but always follow after that which is good for one another and for all.  16 Always rejoice. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you. 19 Don’t quench the Spirit. 20 Don’t despise prophecies. 21 Test all things, and hold firmly that which is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.  23 May the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  24 He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it. 25 Brothers, pray for us. 26 Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. 27 I solemnly command you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the holy brothers.  28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Questions and Answers:

1. How did Paul say about “the day of the Lord” (I Thessalonians 5:1-3)? Paul said the day of the Lord (Christ’s return) would come like a thief in the night.

2. What did Paul say to his brothers in Christ (I Thessalonians 5:4-6)? Paul said they were children of light and of the day.  He said they didn’t belong to the night nor to darkness.   Paul said they should watch and be sober.

3. What did Paul say about belonging to the day (I Thessalonians 5:8)? Paul said since they belonged to the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and a helmet for the hope of salvation.

4. For what had God appointed them (I Thessalonians 5:9-10)? God didn’t appoint them to wrath, but to the obtaining of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for them so they could live together with Him.

5. What did Paul encourage the Thessalonian believers to do (I Thessalonians 5:11)?  Paul said they should exhort one another, build each other up. 

6. Who did Paul want the Thessalonian believers to know and how were they to treat others (I Thessalonians 5:12-15)? Paul wanted them to know who labored among them, were over them and admonishing them.  He wanted the Thessalonian believers to respect and honor other believers for their work’s sake.  Paul wanted them to be at peace among themselves.  Paul exhorted them to admonish the disorderly; encourage the faith-hearted; support the weak; be patient toward all. They were not to return evil for evil to anyone. But always follow what was good for one another and for all. 

7. What else were the Thessalonian believers to do (I Thessalonians 5:16-22)? They were encouraged to always rejoice. To pray without ceasing. To give thanks. To not quench the Spirit.  To not despise prophecies. To test all things, and hold firmly that which was good. And abstain from every form of evil.

8. Who did Paul desire to sanctify the Thessalonian believers completely (I Thessalonians 5:23)? Paul desired the God of peace Himself to sanctify the Thessalonian believers completely. Paul desired their whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

9. What did Paul want the Thessalonian believers to do (I Thessalonians 5:25-27)? Paul asked the Thessalonian believers to pray for them.  To greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. To read his letter to all the holy brothers.

10. What did Paul want to be with the Thessalonian believers (I Thessalonians 5:28)? Paul wanted the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ to be with the Thessalonian believers.

HEAR the WORD

I Thessalonians 5:23-24 23 May the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  24 He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  What do you believe verse 24 means?  I believe we can know from verse 24 that God makes verse 23 happen not us.

MEMORIZE the WORD

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

I Thessalonians 5:19-21 Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt.  Test everything.  Hold on to the good.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We need to make sure we don’t give sin a foothold in our life.  We can do this by avoiding tempting situations and concentrating on obeying God.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We need to encourage others to avoid temptation and concentrate on obeying God too.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will be alert and self-controlled (I Thessalonians 5:6). Lord, I pray we will put on faith and love as a breastplate and the hope of salvation as a helmet (I Thessalonians 5:8). Lord, I pray we will encourage others and build each other up (I Thessalonians 5:11).  Lord, I pray we will respect and hold in high regard those who work hard among us (I Thessalonians 5:12-13a). Lord, I pray we will live in peace with each other (I Thessalonians 5:13b).  Lord, I pray we will warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, and be patient with everyone (I Thessalonians 5:14).  Lord, I pray we will not pay back wrong for wrong, but will always try to be kind to each other and everyone else (I Thessalonians 5:15).  Lord, I pray we will be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is You will for us in Christ Jesus (I Thessalonians 5:16-18).  Lord, I pray we will not put out the Spirit’s fire.  I pray we will not treat prophecies with contempt.  I pray we will test everything.  I pray we will hold on to the good.  And avoid every kind of evil (I Thessalonians 5:19-22).  Lord, I pray You will sanctify us through and through.  I pray our whole spirit, soul and body will be kept blameless at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ (I Thessalonians 5:23).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.   

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I do what is good and stay far from evil.” <>< Dona