Community in Suffering
Today’s Bible Reading:
Recommendation: Grab your paper bible or another device and read this chapter, then keep it open and come back here to walk through this devotion.
God cares for us through tough times both with his own presence in our lives and by surrounding us with his people.
Questions from the Bible Reading:
In Mark 8:34, Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Acts 14:22 tells us that Paul told the early churches “that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” Paul tells Timothy that “all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (2 Tim 3:12).”
How does knowing that all Christians will suffer help us understand this chapter, especially verse 4?
How does Paul feels about the people at Thessalonica based on this chapter?
Why did Paul send Timothy?
How was the church doing when Timothy got there? Were they standing faithful, or had they given up?
What can we learn from how Paul and Timothy cared for the church at Thessalonica? Do we care for our brothers and sisters in Christ like them?
What can we learn from the Christians at Thessalonica?
What can we learn about how God cares for us in tough times through this chapter?
Adoration: Praise God that he is with us in trials. Praise him that Jesus has endured ultimate suffering for us and now cares for us in our suffering.
Confession: Confess to God ways that you struggle to trust him in hard times. Confess ways that you may not care for others well as they struggle. Do you find yourself not caring when others have a hard time? Confess that to God.
Thanksgiving: Thank God that he has given us the church. A community to love each other and live out our faith together even in difficult times. Thank him for how he’s faithful to you even when times are hard.
Supplication: Ask God for strength like the Christians at Thessalonica and love for others Christians like Paul and Timothy’s.
Grace & Peace.
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