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Introduction.

The church in the city Thessalonica was started by the Apostle Paul. Although many believed (Acts 17) Paul had to run for his life from an angry mob. Concerned about how the young church was doing, Paul sent Timothy to find out. Timothy reported that the church was doing well, but was under a lot of pressure. There were some moral problems, and confusion about the return of Christ. So Paul wrote this first letter of encouragement and instruction. Repeatedly he tells them how to live in light of the coming Christ.

  

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SERIES TITLE: Anticipating Christ's Return

PART SIX: Keeps Us Alert

TEXT: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

INTRODUCTION.

The church in the city Thessalonica was started by the Apostle Paul. Although many believed (Acts 17) Paul had to run for his life from an angry mob. Concerned about how the young church was doing, Paul sent Timothy to find out. Timothy reported that the church was doing well, but was under a lot of pressure. There were some moral problems, and confusion about the return of Christ. So Paul wrote this first letter of encouragement and instruction. Repeatedly he tells them how to live in light of the coming Christ.

DISCUSSION

Have you ever dozed off when you weren’t supposed to? When and why did it happen?

EXAMINATION.

  • v.1 How do you think this connects to the previous paragraph (4:13-18)?
  • v.2 What is the point of the comparison to a “thief in the night”? (consider other mentions of that analogy- Matt. 24, Luke 12, Rev. 3:3, 16:5. 2 Pet. 3:10
  • v.3 Why the comparison with labor pains?
  • vv.4-8 Who are the children of light and day? (John 8:12; John 12:36; Eph. 5:8)

            How do children of the light avoid being surprised?

  • vv.9-11 What is the good news here?

APPLICATION.

  • Consider this quote from Mark Dever: “Churches do more and more to help us cope with this life, and less and less to prepare us for the next.” How does this passage help you prepare for the next life?
  • What are some common traps that keep Christians from being awake and self-disciplined?
  • How can faith, love, and the hope of salvation keeps us “sober”?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do?

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