Committed to grow – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon titled Committed to Grow focusing on 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
ICEBREAKER: Apart from the Bible, what is your favourite book, and what makes it so special to you?
1. Our culture believes people may live as they please without restraints. On the other hand, God’s Word commands that believers must live to please God [1 Thessalonians 4:1-2]. How would you contrast these opposing perspectives using this text alongside of Galatians 5:16-26, Ephesians 4:17-32, and Colossians 3:1-17?
2. Some believers find God’s will elusive. According to 1 Thessalonians 4:3a, what is God’s will for your life? Consider other texts such as Romans 6:19, Romans 6:22, Romans 12:2, Ephesians 6:6, and 1 Peter 1:13-16 for further insights.
3. Our sexually permissive culture mirrors that of the first century A.D. By way of contrast, God’s Word clearly commands how believers must conduct themselves sexually – what they ought to do and ought not to do. What are those commands in 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, and what are God’s reasons for giving them?
4. Why should believers refrain from illicit sexual behaviour [1 Thessalonians 4:6-8]? What are the solemn consequences outlined in this text, as well as in 2 Corinthians 5:9-10 and Hebrews 13:4?
5. God has given believers His revelation and His Spirit [1 Thessalonians 4:7-8]. How do these resources empower Christians to live sexually pure while surrounded by a corrupt culture? Meditate on other texts such as Psalm 119:9-11, Galatians 5:16, 1 Peter 2:11-12, and 1 John 2:1-6 for greater understanding.
6. What are some characteristics of the sanctified life listed by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:9-11, and what are the goals of this virtuous way of life [1 Thessalonians 4:12]?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Jesus)