The Quest for God’s Best – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric begins the series Committed with a sermon entitled The Quest for God’s Best focusing on 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
1 Thessalonians 5:23 – 24
ICEBREAKER: What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
1. Our God is characterized by peace [1 Thessalonians 5:23]. How do Romans 5:1 and Ephesians 2:13-16 help you understand this aspect of God’s character? How does this description make a difference in how you live?
2. The biblical concept of “being sanctified completely” is foreign to pop culture. How would you explain this to an unbelieving friend, showing its beauty, purpose and hope? Use Ephesians 5:25-27 to inform your explanation.
3. Our modern world is confused about what it means to be “human”. How do you differentiate spirit, soul and body, and what do these aspects of our nature indicate about what it means to be truly human?
4. Who is keeping believers blameless, and how does this promise give you hope despite your continued struggles with sin [cf. 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13]?
5. In this text, we are afforded an “over the shoulder” glimpse into the Apostle Paul’s prayer life, for 1 Thessalonians 5:23 is in the form of a prayer. What do you learn about prayer from this verse, and how does this impact the way you pray for others?
6. Does the future prospect of Christ’s return influence how you live today? How?
7. How does the knowledge of God’s faithfulness to you affect your commitment to Him [1 Thessalonians 5:24]? 
8. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“God is true. His Word of Promise is sure. In all His relations with His people God is faithful. He may be safely relied upon. No one ever yet really trusted Him in vain. We find this precious truth expressed almost everywhere in the Scriptures, for His people need to know that faithfulness is an essential part of the Divine character. This is the basis of our confidence in Him.” [A.W. Pink, The Attributes of God]