Comitted to His People-Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon entitled Committed to His People focusing on 1 Thessalonians 1:1-3
1 Thessalonians 1:1-3
ICEBREAKER: Share a favourite childhood memory about one of your siblings.
1. Acts 17:1-14 provides some historical background to the beginning of the church in Thessalonica. What do you learn about the Apostle Paul’s mission strategy, his message, and the various responses to the gospel in this story that is useful for our mission today?
2. Paul mentioned others in his greeting, namely Silvanus [also known as Silas – cf. Acts 15:32; Acts 16:25; 1 Peter 5:12] and Timothy [cf. Acts 16:1-3; Philippians 2:19- 22; 2 Timothy 1:2-5]. Why are these individuals important, and what do you learn about how Paul valued relationships in life and ministry?
3. The term “church” [1 Thessalonians 1:1] literally means “called out” ones. In this context, it referred to those called out by God in the city of Thessalonica, gathered together to live in community with one another, and sent out on mission together. How does this impact your commitment to being a member of CCBC?
4. Paul almost always addressed specific churches by city name when he wrote, rooting his instructions in specific places and times. Why is this significant, and how does this influence the specific ministry of our church (City Centre Baptist) in our specific city of Mississauga in 2019?
5. 1 Thessalonians 1:2 shares words of thanksgiving and prayer. How do you respond when you hear encouraging words from others, and how can you use this to lift up the spirits of others?
6. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 lists the 3 key Christian virtues of faith, love and hope. Why are these foundational to the Christian life? Look up 1 Corinthians 13:13, Colossians 1:5 and 1 Thessalonians 5:8 to see the interplay between these virtues.
7. What do you notice about the words associated with faith, love and hope in 1 Thessalonians 1:3? What do these energetic terms convey about our responsibilities as followers of Jesus?
8. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“Faith, Hope and Love: Faith is directed towards God, love towards others (both within the Christian fellowship and beyond it) and hope towards the future, in particular, the glorious coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Similarly, faith rests on the past; love works in the present; hope looks to the future. Every Christian without exception is a believer, a lover and a hoper. Faith, hope and love are three sure evidences of regeneration by the Holy Spirit.” (John Stott)