Living Lives Worthy of God
Paul begins chapter 2 by reminding the Thessalonians of how he and his companions came to them. They came boldly yet gently, faithfully not with error and eager to share the hope of salvation not selfishly. When among them, Paul lived above reproach and as such, the Thessalonians began to follow his example. He now urges them to walk in a manner worthy of God.
Community Group Questions
- What's an example of a modern day sophist or 'spiritual advisor' who is a charlatan and a fake?
- What does Paul mean when we he says we have been 'entrusted with the gospel'?
- How do we now Paul and his companions weren't motivated by fame or money?
- Review what it means to share 'our souls' (also translated 'ourselves'). Should we do this? Why? What needs to happen in your heart to be able to do this?
- Read the following texts: Ephesians 4:1-3; Philippians 1:27; Colossians 1:9-10. What does it mean to walk in a manner worthy of God?And do you see a theme or emphasis arise in these texts? In other words, what is a fruit when we walk in a manner worthy of God together?
- What is significant about the fact that Paul is self-aware that his words are God's Words? And what are the implications for the Bible?
- Paul says that the Christians in Thessalonica are suffering for their faith as the Christians in Judea. It appears that suffering is a normal Christian experience. Have you suffered for your faith (for believing in Christ)? If yes, how did you handle it?