10 May 2015

Bible Study

Bible study


A1 Scripture

B1 And for this reason when we could no longer take it, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone, and sent Timothy, our brother minister of God, and our fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen you and comfort you in your faith, so that no one would be disturbed by these afflictions, for you yourselves know that we all are placed into this. For truly, when we were with you, we told you ahead of time that we would suffer afflictions, even as it happened and as you know. For this reason when I couldn't put it off any longer I sent so that I might know about your faith, lest somehow the tempter having tempted you and our labor turn out to be futile. (1 Thessalonians 3:1-5, WEL)

B2 Therefore, when we could bear it no longer, we were well pleased to be left behind at Athens alone, and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, in order to establish you and exhort you concerning your faith, that no one should be disturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we have been destined for this. For even when we were with you, we were telling you in advance that we were going to be afflicted, just as it has come to pass, and as you know. Because of this, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith, lest somehow the tempter had tempted you, and our labor be in vain. (1 Thessalonians 3:1-5, EMTV)


A2 Outline

B1 Curiosity


A3 Notes

B1 1 Thessalonians 3:1

C1 Paul longs to see them again.

C2 He was growing impatient from concern about their wellbeing

C3 He stayed in Athens

B2 1 Thessalonians 3:2

C1 Timothy sent to them.

D1 Described

E1 Brother in Christ

E2 Minister of God

E3 Fellow worker in the Gospel of Christ

D2 Purpose

E1 To strengthen you

E2 To encourage you

F1 The Greek word is parakaleo.

F2 Means

G1 Comfort them in their trials

G2 Encourage them to continue thus this would include comfort as well. This is the most likely meaning.

B3 1 Thessalonians 3:3

C1 Disturbed

D1 The Greek word is saino.

D2 It means

E1 Shaken up--to cause mental/emotional agony

E2 Disturbed

D3 His concern was that the trials and persecutions they were facing would cause them to abandon the faith.

D4 We need to encourage one another.

C2 Afflictions

D1 The Greek word is thlipsis.

D2 It means

E1 Pressure

E2 The type of pressure that would be emotional, physical, mental, etc. that would cause pain.

E3 Persecution

F1 Soft as in loss of job or denial of benefits that all others receive.

F2 Hard as in jail or torture

D3 Application

E1 Paul forewarned them.

E2 It is common in the Christian life.

E3 Jesus, the Apostles, and other believers experienced it.

C3 Appoint

D1 The Greek word is keimai.

D2 It means

E1 To lie as in to be placed down on something.

F1 The spoon lies on the table.

F2 "He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay." (Matthew 28:6, NKJV)

E2 Figurative it means appoint

F1 "Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against." (Luke 2:34, EMTV)

F2 "Then they will hand you over to tribulation and they will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations, on account of My name." (Matthew 24:9, EMTV)

F3 "If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. Remember the word which I said to you, 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me." (John 15:19-21, EMTV)

B4 1 Thessalonians 3:4

C1 We may be appointed for difficulties from non-Christians here, but "...God did not appoint us to wrath, but to the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Chris." (1 Thessalonians 5:9, EMTV)

C2 The Thessalonians had seen and experienced persecution of the brethren when they were there preaching the Gospel.

C3 This is different than the easy, soft, false Gospel they is regularly preached today.

B5 1 Thessalonians 3:5

C1 The Tempter

D1 The Greek word is peirazo.

D2 It means

C1 Test--as a teacher would test to know the pupils knowledge, what they have learned. Satan is this tempter and wishes to cause affliction and trouble of all sorts to try and break us down--to abandon the faith. Consider Job in Job 1:1 and the Lord Jesus--"And approaching Him, the tempter said, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones may become bread." (Matthew 4:3, EMTV)

C2 Examine

D3 He does this by

E1 Lying

E2 Twisting the truth

E3 Appealing to lusts of the flesh and mind

E4 Pain

E5 Fear

E6 Physical, mental, emotional, financial, religious, etc. abuse

D4 The best ways to avoid and stay true to God is to

E1 Read and study the Bible (2 Timothy 2:15)

E2 Pray (Matthew 26:41)

E3 Encourage others (Galatians 6:2)

E4 Allow others to encourage you. Have another person you can talk to. You don't need to tell all, just ask for prayer and for the person to listen and for you to listen in return. (Galatians 5:13-14)

E5 Confess failures and sin (James 5:16)

E6 Know your weaknesses, so then you can flee temptation, avoiding it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

E7 Resist, so leave the area, start doing something else, etc. (James 4:7)

E8 When you sin, do not blame others but take the responsibility. Compare Adam who failed by blaming his wife and God (Genesis 3:12). Compare Aaron who made the golden calf (Exodus 32:24).

E9 Be persistent and consistent. (Colossians 1:23 and James 1:12)

E10 When you sin, do not be discouraged or give up. Consider Peter who denied Jesus. He was forgiven and still used of God (John 18:25-27 and John 21:17).

E11 Remember that Jesus himself was tempted, and how He resisted. (Hebrews 2:18, Hebrews 4:15)

E12 Do the Scriptures, that is, obey God's rules. (James 1:22)

E13 Stop sinning (Ephesians 4:28)

E14 Avoid evil people who may encourage you to sin (2 Corinthians 6:14)

E15 There are rewards for not sinning.

F1 First, you don't sin.

F2 Secondly, a crown from God. This is something we receive on our judgment day. (James 1:12)

E16 Be aware that the devil wants you to sin and will try anything to get you to sin. (1 Peter 5:8)

C2 Futile/in vain

D1 The Greek word is kenos.

D2 It means

E1 Vain as in unsuccessful

E2 Empty as in what you have is now gone.

D3 In this case it would mean the Gospel was preached, the people believed and led a Christian life, then totally fell away. This would be Paul's worst fear.

D4 The Holy Spirit was sent by Jesus to be our helper.

E1 "My little children, these things I write to you, that you may not sin. And if someone should sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." (1 John 2:1, EMTV)

E2 How God helps us

F1 Helps us to remember Scripture

F2 Does not leave or forsake us

F3 Prays (intercedes for us)

F4 Loves us

F5 Chastens us (to correct our wrong behavior and for us to repent)

F6 Strengthens us (Philippians 4:13)

F7 Gives grace, that is, something we do not deserve to help us resist and flee temptation. (Hebrews 4:16)

F8 Reminds us that He is stronger than the devil (1 John 4:4)

F9 Given us a Psalm to help us (Psalm 23)

G1 Gives peace and rest

G2 Restores

G3 Leads on the righteous path

G4 Remains close beside us even while we are dying

G5 Stays with us when trouble comes

G6 Blesses us even when our enemies surround us

G7 God's goodness and mercy are applied to me

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