Standing Strong in Your Trials – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon entitled Standing Strong in Your Trials focusing on 1 Thessalonians 3:1-8
1 Thessalonians 3:1-8
ICEBREAKER: Before you die, what is one thing you’d like to do just for the fun/thrill of it?

1. How did Paul express his deep and heartfelt concern for this local church family in 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:1? Are there some in your circle of ministry    
    who you would consider your “glory and crown”?
2. Paul sent Timothy to the Thessalonian church out of his concern for their spiritual vitality. If you knew someone was “moved” or shaken by afflictions [1
    Thessalonians 3:1], how would you try to “establish and exhort” them about their faith [3:2]?
3. Why do you think God destines or appoints His precious children for affliction [1 Thessalonians 3:3-4]? Use passages such as Acts 11:19, Romans 5:3-
    5, Romans 12:12 and 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 to contribute to your understanding.
4. Satan is mentioned as a true menace in 1 Thessalonians 2:18 and 3:5. How can a follower of Christ avoid falling prey to his temptations based on such
    texts as Zechariah 3:1-2, Matthew 4:1-11, John 8:44, 2 Corinthians 2:11, 2 Corinthians 11:14, James 4:7 and 1 Peter 5:8-9?
5. Paul experienced both the highs and the lows of ministry. In 1 Thessalonians 3:1-3, he was anxious for the church’s faith. However, in 3:6, he was
    ecstatic when he heard Timothy’s good news report. How are you fostering this kind of affection and attachment to those you minister?
6. How does the faith of others encourage or comfort you as you endure life’s distresses and afflictions [1 Thessalonians 3:7]?
7. How do believers “stand firm in the Lord” [1 Thessalonians 3:8], based on passages like 1 Corinthians 16:13, Galatians 5:1, Philippians 1:27, and 2
    Thessalonians 2:15?
8. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“To learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings.” [George Mueller]