Sunday Home Service Guides

While the church is unable to meet, we will be putting together weekly service guides to help guide you and your families in a time of worship. We pray that this is a sweet time of turning to the Lord.   

Order of Service

May 31, 2020

Open with Prayer


Songs:

Love has Come


We Are


Our God is an Awesome God


He Reigns


Overwhelmed


Ancient of Days


The Day of the Lord

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11


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)?

Questions

  • In 5:1 Paul refers to the Day of the Lord. Read Amos 5:18-20; Isaiah 13:6; Joel 2:31; Malachi 4:5. How does these passages fill out our understanding of the Day of the Lord?
  • Based upon 5:1, the Thessalonians seem preoccupied with knowing the time of the coming of the Day of the Lord. Read Mark 13:32. What does Jesus say about trying to determine the time and season of his return? What are some ways that we need to careful not become distracted by knowing the day or time of his return?
  • Paul gives two images to help us understand the coming day of the Lord. What are those two images and what do they teach us about the coming of the Day of the Lord?
  • Paul talks about two domains within which we can operate in regards to the Day of the Lord. Would you describe your posture towards the Day of the Lord as watchful and sober or sleepy and drunk? What would it look like to move towards a posture of watchfulness and soberness in regards to the Day of the Lord?
  • The final two commands in the passage are to encourage one another and build up one another. What is one way that you can encourage or building up a brother or sister in Christ this week?


Close with Prayer

Order of Service

May 24, 2020

Open with Prayer


Songs:

Blessed Assurance


Be Thou My Vision


Turn your Eyes upon Jesus


What a Friend We have in Jesus


Come Thou Fount


How Great Thou Art



The Comfort of Christ's Coming

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18


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)?

Questions

  • In 4:13 Paul contrasts the difference between Christian and non-Christian grief. What are some differences you see between Christian and non-Christian grief in our culture?
  • What about the death and resurrection of Christ gives hope to our grief of losing Christian brothers and sisters? Read 1 Corinthians 15:12-28. How does Paul’s writing to the Corinthians add to the discussion?
  • Read Isaiah 27:13. How does the trumpet sound in Isaiah gather the exiles for worship? As exiles in our world (1 Peter 1:1-2), how will the sound of God’s trumpet gather the exiles for worship? In what ways are you excited for coming back together in worship out of our “exile”/“quarantine”? Are their any elements of coming back together for which you're not excited, but maybe anxious or nervous about?
  • How does the return of Christ instill hope in our grief?
  • Paul says that we are to “encourage” one another with these truths. The word to encourage means to come to the side of another. What does it look like to come alongside one another during times of grief in ways that are genuine and meaningful?

Close in Prayer

Order of Service

May 17, 2020

Open with Prayer


Songs:

Because He Lives


Scandal of Grace


I Asked the Lord


Make my Joy Complete


Build my Life


They Will Know We are Christians


Link to Songs in a Spotify Playlist


Walking Among Others

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12


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)?

Questions

  • What do you think of when you hear the phrases "brotherly love" or "familial love"? How does the Gospel give diverse people a familial/brotherly love for one another?
  • Read 2 Thessalonians 3:6-12. How does this text give us more insight into the “work-related” problems going on in the church of Thessalonica?
  • Review the 3 ways we can love one another through our work mentioned in the sermon. Do you struggle in any of these 3 areas of love?
  • In 1 Thessalonians 4:12 Paul gives 2 reasons why it is good for Christians to work in the way he described. What are those two reasons?
  • Read Romans 13:13. How does Romans 13:13 describe the idea of “walking decently” among outsiders? What are some specific ways that we can “walk decently” in our work lives?
  • How can our work aid in our witness to those outside the church? How does your work reflect towards outsiders?
  • What does it mean to have need for nothing? Has there ever been a time in your life where you were in need of help? What were the difficulties and joys of asking for help? What are some of the difficulties and joys of being in a position of plenty?


Close in Prayer

Order of Service

May 10, 2020

Open with Prayer


Songs:

Be Thou My Vision


Full Attention


All that I Need


All I have is Christ


Give us Clean Hands


Trust and Obey


Link to Songs in a Spotify Playlist


Receiving the Way of Life

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8



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)?

Questions

  • When we follow the Lord, we receive not only receive the Word of God (1:6; 2:13), but we receive a way of life in response to the Word (4:1). Read 1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2:13; 4:1.  What is being received in each verse?  What is the relationship between receiving the Word and receiving a way of life?
  • Read the following passages and discuss how each of the passages speaks about the will of God: Matthew 7:21;  John 7:17; Romans 12:1-2; 1 John 2:17
  • The word sanctification means “set a part.” In this passage, Paul calls us to be set a part in our sexual lives.  What are some of the reasons (beyond the ones mentioned in the sermon) that you can find in the passage for abstaining from sexual immorality?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 6:18-20.  How does this passage expand on our understanding of our bodies being vessels of the Holy Spirit?
  • Are there any areas of sexuality in which you need to abstain? Are there any questions about Christian sexual ethics that you still have questions about?

Close in Prayer

Order of Service

May 3, 2020

Open with Prayer


Songs:

Grace and Peace, I Will Wait, The Goodness of Jesus, All Creatures of our God and King, It is Well


Links to Songs in a Spotify Playlist


From Concern to Comfort

1 Thessalonians 3:6-13



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)?


Questions

  • When was a time you expected to receive bad news, but received good news instead? How does that help you relate to the comfort Paul received upon hearing the good news of the faith and love continuing in the Thessalonian church?
  • What are some reports of good news of faith and love that you have received during the stay-at-home season? How have those reports brought refreshment during this season?
  • What is a good report in which you can return thanksgiving to God? Are there any other areas of your life where you can return gratitude to God for his work in your life?
  • What are some areas of lack in your faith that this season has exposed? Do you have people in your life to help supply what is lacking? If so, who are they? If no, then who are some people you might reach out to help supply what is lacking?
  • What are the two prayer requests that Paul makes on behalf of the Thessalonian believers? How might you begin praying for those two requests for Center City Church?



Close in Prayer

Order of Service

April 26, 2020

Open with Prayer


Songs:

Psalm 34 (Taste and See), Before the Throne of God Above, Jesus Messiah


Link to Songs in a Spotify Playlist


Staying Strong through Separation

1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5



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)?

Questions

  • Paul uses powerful and emotive language to describe what happened to them in Thessalonica. The phrase “torn away” is also translated as bereaved, which the dictionary describes as “to be deprived of a loved one through a profound absence, especially due to death.” Why do you think that his language is so vivid? (See Acts 17:1-15). Can you think of a time when you experienced this emotion? Have you ever experienced this emotion within the life of the church? 
  • In chapter 2:18, Paul writes that “Satan hindered us”. In light of Acts 17-18, what types of hindrances would Paul and the others have experienced? Were these hindrances ‘good’ or ‘bad’? Why? 
  • Paul uses the following endearing phrase to describe the church in Thessalonica; “our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming”. What does this phrase mean? Is it sinful to consider someone a crown of boasting before the Lord Jesus? Is Paul trying to boast in the work they have done? Explain? 
  • Who is your crown of boasting before the Lord Jesus? How did they become a crown of boasting for you? 
  • In chapter 3:4, Paul reminds the Thessalonians that they were told about the suffering that was coming. Why would Paul have told them beforehand (See Acts 9:16; 14:22)? How could being reminded of this help their faith? 
  • Why did Paul send Timothy back to Thessalonica? What risk did this pose to Timothy?
  • What do you see Satan doing throughout this Scripture? How does this impact the faith of the Thessalonian church? What areas of your own life do you see similar activities? 
  • How has this scripture either established or exhorted you in your faith?


Close in Prayer

Order of Service

April 19, 2020

Open with Prayer


Songs: 


Blessed be Your Name


The Battle Belongs to the Lord


Desert Song


Hallelujah (Your Love is Amazing)


Great is Thy Faithfulness


Wonderful Words of Life


Link to Songs in a Spotify Playlist


A Message Well Received

1 Thessalonians 2:13-16


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)?

Questions

  • In what previous section of 1 Thessalonians have we seen Paul give thanks for the believers? In what ways are the sections of Thanksgiving similar? In what ways are they different?
  • Why is it important that the believers received Paul’s word as a word from God and not a word from man?
  • Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. What does it mean for a word to be from God? What are the uses of a God Word for a community, as mentioned in 2 Timothy 3:16-17?
  • What does it look like for the Word of God to be at work in a believer? In what ways or areas do you see the Word of God at work in your life? In what ways or areas do you not see it at work in your life?
  • How does suffering bring solidarity to churches (v. 14-15)? What can we learn from others in order to live well during seasons of trial and suffering?
  • Read Romans 8:18-25. In 1 Thessalonians 2:16, Paul writes about the wrath of God coming against those persecuting the church. I believe we can apply that to God’s wrath also being set against the effects of sin as seen in disease and sickness. God’s wrath will judge sin once and for all, setting all of creation free from the bondage of sin (including viruses). How do Romans 8:18-25 and 1 Thessalonians 2:16 give you hope and create longing for God’s wrath against sin to set us completely free from the bondage of sin?


Close in Prayer

Order of Service

April 12, 2020

Open with Prayer


Songs:

My Redeemer Lives, Resurrecting, Resurrection Hymn,

Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me), In Christ Alone



Link to Songs in a Spotify Playlist



One Life to Live

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12



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)?

Questions

  • Read Acts 16:11-40. What kind of suffering did Paul and Silas endure during their time in Philippi? Especially look for kinds of suffering that Paul might categorize as shameful treatment.
  • What are some ways that you see people make appeals from error, impurity or deception?
  • What does it mean to be entrusted with something? What’s something you’ve been entrusted with or something with which you’ve entrusted to someone else (i.e. entrusting your money to a bank)?
  • What does it mean to be entrusted with the Gospel?
  • Read Acts 1:21-22. What are some of the qualifications of an apostle?
  • If seeing the resurrection was a qualification of an apostle, how does Paul say that he’s an apostle (See Acts 9:1-19)?
  • Instead of making his appeal to the Thessalonians based upon his apostleship, to what does Paul make an appeal to the Thessalonian believers?


Close in Prayer

Order of Service

April 5, 2020

Open with Prayer


Songs:


Lord I Need You


There is a Fountain


It is Well


Living Hope


Mountain to Valley


Your Grace Finds Me


Link to Songs in a Spotify Playlist



Receive the Word in Affliction

1 Thessalonians 1:6-10




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)?


Discussion Questions:

  • How is receiving the Word in affliction an imitation of Christ?
  • Spend a few minutes what is looks like to receive the Word in affliction. Focus on different kinds of afflictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • At the end of verse 6, what phrase describes how we should receive the Word in times of affliction?
  • What does it look like to receive the Word with joy in these afflictions?
  • In verse 7, what is the result of the believers receiving the Word in affliction?
  • What image do you picture as you read about the Word sounding forth in verse 8?
  • In verse 9 and verse 10, Paul talks about learning to serve God and learning to wait on Christ. How does the language of serving and waiting seem to contrast with one another, how do they complement each other?
  • What are some ways during this season in which you can serve the Lord, as well as wait on the Lord?


Close in Prayer

Order of Service

March 29, 2020


Open with Prayer


Songs:


By Faith


God Moves in a Mysterious Way


Come Thou Long Expected Jesus


All My Ways are Known to You


Fearless


Psalm 34


Click Here for Link to Songs in a Spotify Playlist



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)?


Discussion Questions

  • 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?


Close in Prayer

Order of Service

March 22, 2020


Open with Prayer


Songs:

Come People of the Risen King


Romans 12:1


King of Kings


O Come to the Altar


Yet Not I but through Christ in Me


Great is Thy Faithfulness


Click Here for Link to Songs in a Spotify Playlist




Faithful Service in Times of Absence

Passages: Philippians 2:19-30; 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5


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)?


Discussion Questions

  • What absences are mentioned in these passages?
  • What difficulties do these passages ascribe to prolonged absences of a congregation or members of congregation?
  • What difficulties do you foresee during the absence of our gatherings?
  • How has the absence created longing for future gather?
  • In what ways can you begin praying now for a longing to gather in the near future?
  • What are some ways you can still serve while we're not gathering together?


Close with Prayer