GodSpeak Readings: Week 94/June 27-July 2

June 27-July 2
1 Thessalonians 4-5; 2 Thessalonians 1-3 & 1 Timothy 1-2

GodSpeak readings for each day are listed below. Click the link to read the section and/or listen online. A discussion question is listed below for you to use in your GodSpeak group session or for discussion with others who are reading along.

Monday, June 27      1 Thessalonians 4     Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
1. Note in 1 Thessalonians 4:13 that God doesn’t forbid grieving per se. what is the “hope” that Christians have—and the “no hope” of those who don’t know Christ? See John 3:36; 1 Corinthians 15:55-57; Philippians 1:21-23; Ephesians 2:12. (How does “fall asleep” indicate hope?) What’s the value of mourning and why is it quite natural to mourn (John 11:35)?

Tuesday, June 28      1 Thessalonians 5     Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
2. In 1 Thessalonians 5:5 Paul refers to Christians as “sons of the light” and “sons of the day.” State in your own words what Paul means by those expressions (vv. 6-8). What practices do you use in your own life to make sure that you stay awake and alert in the way that Paul is writing about?

Wednesday, June 29      2 Thessalonians 1     Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
3. The fact that the Thessalonians remained strong even under persecution and trial proved that God’s judgment was right, meaning that He was working out His perfect plan for them (2 Thessalonians 1:5). What does the Lord promise in Matthew 5:10-12 to those who are persecuted and remain faithful?

Thursday, June 30      2 Thessalonians 2-3     Read & Listen Online 2 Thessalonians 2      Read & Listen Online 2 Thessalonians 3   (Click “Audio” link to listen)
4. Read 2 Thessalonians 2:2. Why did some of the Thessalonians think the “day of the Lord” had already come?

Friday, July 1      1 Timothy 1     Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
5. In verse 1 Timothy 1:1 Jesus is described as “our hope.” Think about the way you typically use the word “hope” in your daily conversation. Then write out a short definition for this everyday use of the word “hope.” How does the word “hope” take on a different meaning when it is applied to Jesus? In what ways is Jesus your hope?

Saturday, July 2      1 Timothy 2     Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
6. Review 1 Timothy 2:5-6. How did Jesus become the “one mediator,” the one “go between,” between God and men? See also Romans 3:22–25a. As you reflect on today’s reading, explain in your own words what it means that Jesus is your mediator. You might also read Hebrews 9:14–15.

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