Committed to Dokimos Part 2

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon entitled Committed to Dokimos- Part 2 focusing on 1 Thessalonians 2:9-20
1 Thessalonians 2:9-20
ICEBREAKER: What was one of your favourite trips, and what made it so memorable?
1. The Apostle Paul strategically used his so-called “secular job” as a tentmaker [cf. Acts 18:3] to further the gospel message [1 Thessalonians 2:9]. How    
    can you do the same in your work situation [cf. 1 Corinthians 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12]?
2. What do the terms “labour”, “toil”, and “worked” imply about the reality of Christian ministry [1 Thessalonians 2:9]? What helps you persevere through
    life’s hardships and challenges?
3. Paul and his associates weren’t claiming perfection in 1 Thessalonians 2:10. In what sense were they “holy”, “righteous”, and “blameless”? What would
    the Thessalonians “witness” in Paul, Silas and Timothy’s conduct that would qualify as evidence?
4. What do you learn about balanced ministry from the two metaphors Paul used of a “nursing mother taking care of her own children” [1 Thessalonians
    2:7], and of a “father with his children” [1 Thessalonians 2:11]? Why are both essential?
5. Why are “exhorting”, “encouraging”, and “charging” necessary in discipleship [1 Thessalonians 2:12]? How do these practices help us “walk in a manner
    worthy of God” [cf. Ephesians 4:1; Philippians 1:27; Colossians 1:10]?
6. How does the assurance of God’s call to His kingdom and glory inspire and motivate you despite the hardships of life and ministry [Daniel 7:13- 14; \
    Micah 4:1-5; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Revelation 21:1-4]?
7. How does the knowledge of Christ’s sufferings and those of other believers strengthen you to endure when you’re faced with open hostility to your beliefs     [1 Thessalonians 2:14-16]?
8.People matter to God, so people should matter to us [1 Thessalonians 2:17-20]. Who has influenced you to follow Christ, and why was he/she effective? How can
   you do the same by influencing others to follow Christ?
9. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“To pursue joy is to lose it. The only way to get it is to follow steadily the path of duty, without thinking of joy, and then, like sheep, it comes most surely unsought, and we “being in the way,” the angel of God, bright-haired joy, is sure to meet us.” [Alexander MacLaren]