Moving With Love
Momentum | Week 1 | Sunday, September 8
Play two truths and a lie—consider it a fun exercise in being trustworthy!
Paul and his traveling companions came to the city of Thessalonica, where they proclaimed the message of Jesus Christ. Many people received it, but Paul’s time in the city was not without opposition. Paul reflects on this visit, and writes a letter—1 Thessalonians—to encourage and motivate the new believers to keep living for God.
THE GIFT OF THE GOSPEL
Have someone read 1 Thessalonians 2:1-9. Paul, the writer, presents himself and his teaching as trustworthy to the Thessalonian citizens. What words and actions do you look for in someone before you trust them? How do you prove yourself as trustworthy to others?
What does it mean to be “entrusted with the gospel” (v.4)? How does the weight of this statement influence the way you live, and treat others?
What does it look like to please people over God? How can we avoid doing that ourselves?
How can 1 Thessalonians 2:8 reshape the way you currently share Jesus with people?
LIFE AND LOVE FROM GOD
Have someone read 1 John 4:7-12. It matters to God that we show love to others; what can make it tough for you to do so?
How would your life look different by receiving God’s love from one another? Conversely, what would make you a better ambassador of God’s love?
Following God requires showing His love to the world, without exception. How can you cultivate greater motivation to care for people? And as a small group, what can you do to bring God’s love to our community?
Consider participating in Sports Day at Boys Republic on Saturday, Sept 21. This is a great chance to empower young people who are facing serious opposition.
Father God, you teach us that faith must be active. There are needs all around us—but instead of being overwhelmed, we look to you to be motivated by your love to meet those needs. Thank you for loving us first, and setting the example for taking care of one another well. In Jesus’ name, Amen!