1. If someone were to ask you what you learnt from this book, what would
The importance of faith and belief in the gospel and how it helps us to love others in the church and have hope in the Day, even in the face of persecution or difficulties.
2. Of these three things: Faith, Love & Hope – Which have you done well in? Which one do you need to work the most on?
I definitely don’t think about hoping in the day so much and can be too focused on the here-and-now.
And definitely can work on loving others in the church more by being more mindful of their needs and setting aside time to know what their needs are.
3. What are some concrete things you need to do in response to what God
has been saying to you in this book?
- Being mindful of the needs of others, and their struggles
- Setting aside time intentionally, especially on Saturdays and Sundays, to be present with others
- In view of covid-19, follow up more intentionally with others, but more importantly, keep reading God’s word and think through the situation with gospel tunneled vision
- To really know how to read the Bible for myself, so that I can love others by speaking truths and be able to discern what God is saying.
1. What do you remember from the passage or sermon?
Relationship with church leaders (respect and hold in high esteem because of their work and labour), corporate worship (rejoice through songs and and hear his word), personal relationship with one another (pray for one another, holy kiss). Care for members is the members responsibility too (scold the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak and be patient with all)
There is a need to reframe our thoughts in light of eternity in the midst of crisis. The only thing that gives light in times of darkness is the Word of God. There is also a need to pray for the Spirit to be upon God’s people so that they can prophesy ie to speak God’s word appropriately, and for His people to be able to discern and test what is spoken against the Word.
Goal is for us to be sanctified and kept blameless at the second coming.
2. What is the responsibility of church leaders? What is the responsibility
of members to their leaders, and to one another?
Responsibility of the church leaders is to labour and work/serve the church, and that includes exercising some pastoral care over the members which may involve admonishing or scolding others if they are not walking right with God.
Responsibility of member to leaders is to respect and hold them in high esteem because of the work they leaders do for them and also because they have spiritual authority over them.
Responsibility of members to one another is to encourage one another- either by spurring them on in times of difficulty/crises, lovingly scold them when the other member is not walking right with God, helping those who need help and being patient with all.
3. What does Paul prioritise for the church to do when gathered?
Paul’s priorities include rejoicing about what God has done for us despite the crisis or difficult circumstances, praying for the needs of others (in the church and outside the church) and hearing God’s word as it is spoken by with the Spirit.
4. How do Paul’s final words tell us how he feels about them? How does
that help us think about how Jesus feels about us?
Paul’s final words tell us that he cares deeply for the church (holy kiss and putting them under oath to have the letter read to all the brothers) and wants the relationship to be reciprocated (pray for us).
Likewise, Jesus cares deeply for us that He suffered for us (hence the cross) and wants a deep and personal relationship with us. He is always waiting for us to reciprocate that relationship, that He came down so that we can be reconciled to Him and the Father (eternal relationship). Unfortunately, we always fail to reciprocate by having our hearts turned away from Him and fall into the devil’s trap by feeling guilty or justifying/finding excuses or more.
We do not want you to be unaware, brothers, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who are asleep. Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself with the word of command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from Heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together, with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, console one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4 13:18
1. What do you remember from the passage or sermon?
Radical lifestyle changes, persevering in the face of persecution, imitators of Paul, hope because of Jesus’s second coming, people hear about how the Thessalonians responded to the Gospel
2. Have you heard any stories of Zion Bishan members who have been
persecuted for the gospel? Will you take the effort to go and find out?
No and yes if I know of anyone
3. What does it mean to turn from idols and to serve the Living God?
Examining our intentions when making choices, and consciously making the choice that glorifies God best, even when we do not want to. Living in view of the Gospel and what matters for eternity, especially in our actions and the little things. To also be aware of our subconscious choices and the things we do without much thought.
Also, today was an incredibly long day (7.20am - 9.40pm) with things happening back to back. While I feel physically exhausted, but my mind is also very challenged, possibly because of the adrenaline rush but also very challenged by some of the conversations or things that happened today.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (KJV)
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.