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1 Thess. 5:1-11, Taking Life Seriously

August 16, 2015 Pastor: Brad Evangelista Series: First Thessalonians

Topic: Biblical Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:1–5:11

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Here are some questions to consider as you study 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11:

Read vv.1-3.
(1) What concerns is Paul addressing in these verses?

(2) Ever since Christ ascended, people have tried to predict when he will return. What is so appealing about pinning down the date of Christ's second coming?

(3) How will the Lord's coming be like the breaking in by a thief at night?
- How will the Lord's coming be like the onset of labor for a pregnant woman?
- Some people try to predict the exact time of Christ's return, while other scoff at the idea that it could be soon. How does Paul's statement that Christ will come unexpectedly counter both errors?

Read vv.4-11.
(1) Describe the attitudes and behavior of those who are still in spiritual darkness.
How do the attitudes and behavior of those who belong to the light contrast with those who belong to the darkness?

(2) What are some spiritual traps that Christians should stay alert of?

(3) Paul refers to faith and love as a breastplate and the hope of salvation as a helmet. Why does a Christian need these pieces of armor?

(4) How does Paul express confidence that the Thessalonians will be ready when Christ returns? How does Paul once again reassure the Thessalonians about those who had died? (see also 1 Thess 4:13-18)

Application
(1) Why do we need encouragement from each other as we wait for Christ to return?

(2) In what ways might you be still yawning your way through life and not living in full light of Christ?

(3) How can you encourage someone today with the hope of Christ's return?