Editor’s Note: We had a sweet start to our study of First Thessalonians on Thursday with a group in the morning (some women participating via Zoom) and another in the evening. It’s not too late to join us in person, on Zoom, or via the blog. To sign up for weekly emails and information on in-person and Zoom meetings, please click here. Today’s post includes everything you’ll need to get started, but as Jamie Harms reminded us, the key is being in God’s Word each day. Yes, the questions and activities in the study guide are good, but if all you have time for is a few minutes each day, read and reread First Thessalonians. This letter written around A.D. 50 has much to say to us in A.D. 2021 and connects beautifully to UFC’s discipleship series, which began last Sunday and will continue for the next seven weeks. Learn more here.
This week’s passage: I Thessalonians 1:1-10
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace. We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. (ESV)
Thursday’s Teaching & Visuals
Jamie Harms will use the items above for our I Thessalonians study: Bible, plain paper to write out the text (with a large margin for taking notes), the weekly study sheets (see pdfs below), the UFC discipleship handbook, and colored pencils and pens.