Life Together and Quiet Times For Students

Life Together and Quiet Times For Students


Virtual Meeting Sundays at 9 am

On Sunday mornings at 9:00 am we meet over Zoom. All 7th-12th graders are welcome to join. For connection information contact amy@crclife.org or susan@crclife.org.

As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body[a] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.

Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 4: 1-18

Warm-up Questions

  • What’s the hardest part about living in the same space with other people? What’s the best part about it?
  • In what ways do you think you’re easy to live with? In what ways might you be difficult to live with?

OBSERVE

  • From 1 Thessalonians 4:2, by what authority does Paul speak?
  • What’s Paul urging for these Christians in verses 3-8?
  • What does Paul say will result from living a quiet and hardworking life?
  • What’s happening in verses 13-18?

THINK

  • What does the word sanctified mean? How does following the instructions of God lead to sanctification?
  • In verse 13, Paul speaks of some who grieve over death. What causes their grief?
  • What hope are we given in the midst of grief?
  • Why does Paul instruct the Thessalonians to “encourage one another with these words” (verse 18)?

APPLY

  • What’s one way you’ve pleased God? How did you feel after you did it?
  • Paul talks about our living a pure life in verse 7. How do we become pure before God?
  • Have you ever shared the hope of Jesus’ return with someone you know? How did they respond?
  • What encouragement did you get from reading this passage of Scripture?

Daily Quiet Times

Monday – June 29

1 Thessalonians 4:1-2 1.

  1. What word or phrase jumps out to you? Why?
  2. How did you live today to please God? How could you have lived better?
  3. Think about instructions the Bible gives us on how to live. What’s the most difficult for you at this moment?

Tuesday – June 30

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
  1. What word or phrase jumps out to you? Why?
  2. What does “sanctified” mean?
  3. How can you use your body to honor God?

Wednesday- July 1

1 Thessalonians 4:6-8
  1. What word or phrase jumps out to you? Why?
  2. How have you wronged someone this week? How could you have changed the outcome? What can you do to bring forgiveness?
  3. Think about why God wants us to live holy lives. How does that make you into what God intends for you to be?

Thursday- July 2

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
  1. What word or phrase jumps out to you? Why?
  2. What image comes to mind when you think of the word love? What do you think it means that “God is love”?
  3. What does gaining others’ respect do for your message of Jesus? Is gaining respect difficult or easy?

Friday – july 3

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
  1. What word or phrase jumps out to you? Why?
  2. Have you had a loved one pass away in your lifetime? What has helped you cope with the loss?
  3. What do Jesus’ death and resurrection have to do with us and the mission of the church?

Saturday – July 4

1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
  1. What word or phrase jumps out to you? Why?
  2. Do you believe Jesus will come back? Why or why not? How often do you think about Jesus returning? How can this be a source of joy?
  3. What do you think about heaven and the afterlife? Do you think about it at all? Too little? Too much? Is thinking about heaven a way to escape life now for you, or is it a great relief and excitement?

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