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Giving Thanks in Times of Absence
Scriptures: Acts 17:1-18:17; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
Tools from Bible Study
- Light bulb: What stands out in this passage?
- Question Mark: What questions do you have about this passage?
- Arrow: What actions does this passage call us to (commands to obey; promises to trust; songs to sing; verses to memorize; prayers to pray)?
- Acts 17-18 describe the setting in which 1 Thessalonians is written. Paul begins by ministering in the city of Thessalonica (Acts 17:1-9), but likely writes the letter to the Thessalonians from the city of Corinth (Acts 18:1-17). What was Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica like?
- What event unfolds in these two chapters that would lead you to believe Paul’s writing in a season of discouragement?
- After reading 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, what does Paul give thanks for in regards to the Thessalonian Christians?
- What are some struggles that make giving thanks difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- What are some works of faith, labors of love, and steadfastness of hope you’ve witnessed in the church during your time at Center City?
- What is one way you can give thanks this week?
- Who is one person to whom you can mail a thank you note, thanking them for the gospel’s work through their life?
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