11/6 “Jesus Name in a World of Hatred”


THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS   Oct.  31- Nov. 6,   1 Thessalonians 5

NEXT WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS    Nov. 7 -13,  2 Thessalonians 1

TEXTS:  John 15:18-19John 16:332 Thess. 1:3-9Acts 17:5-91 Peter 4:12-19    



List as many things in life that you have looked forward to at a distance, but had to endure difficulties to reach.  How did an assurance of faith, a confidence and hope affect your ability to "hold on" until you had reached your long awaited goal?

IN A NUTSHELL:   Jesus said in this life we would have trouble.  He also said that if we are his disciples that we would be hated just as he was hated.  It goes against the "American dream" to be grateful for persecution. Today we are urged to campaign for religious freedom. But the Bible says, "Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed." - 1 Peter 4:12-13


  1.  What is the “evidence” that one is worthy of the kingdom of God?  2 Thess. 1:3-5
  2.  Why was Paul thanking God for the Thessalonians?
  3.  What kinds of persecution had the Thessalonians suffered?
  4. What would Jesus bring to those that had suffered?  When?
  5. What would God bring to those that caused afflictions on the believers?
  6. Why should suffering not surprise us?
  1. How might gratitude carry through some level of suffering you are enduring today?
  2. How can those that live under daily danger of persecution or even death find anything for which they might be grateful?
  3. How can you or your family encourage someone that lives in persecution?

Small Pieces BIG Picture

Objectives - to help believers to understand how gratitude and persecution are related.  For Paul's relationship with the Thessalonians and Peter's example to the Saints to help us look past suffering to see the Savior and his  glory revealed!

Outcomes - that the worshipper becomes inspired, committed  and equipped to

Pray for...
1.  Hearts that remain steadfast...
2.  Eyes that see past...
3.  Brothers that need strength
4.  Neighbors that need Christ