Bible Study: “Sweet Sorrow”

Bible Study Questions – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

Paul tells the readers to “respect (also translated “appreciate” or “recognize or “honor””) those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you.” Who is Paul speaking about and what does this kind of “respect” look like? 1 Corinthians 16:17-18; Philippians 2: 25-30

Next, he goes on to say that they should “esteem them very highly in love because of their work.” When can this start to become unhealthy for the congregation? (Think Pharisees)

Do these passages only apply to pastors? Explain

Why do many churches have trouble being at peace with one another? How can Redeemer stay away from this trend? Mark 9:50

How can someone make a conscious decision to “live at peace”? Psalm 133

Why are the idle (lazy) in the church dangerous? Why does Paul advise the congregation to admonish and avoid them? 2 Thessalonians 3:6-7

Describe the faint-hearted and weak in verse 14. Isaiah 35:4; Hebrews 12:11-12; Acts 20:34-35; Romans 15:1-2

Why is patience so important towards the faint-hearted and weak?

Give examples of repaying evil for evil within the church. Romans 12:17; Hebrews 12:15; 1 Peter 3:9

How does seeking to do good destroy the evil upon evil problem?

Is it possible to “Rejoice always,” “pray without ceasing,” and “give thanks in all circumstances?” Just what is Paul trying to say? Luke 18:1-7; Ephesians 5:20-21; Philippians 4:4

Name some ways we “quench” (stifle) the Holy Spirit? Ephesians 4:30; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6-7

Why is important to first test things like the doctrine and theology of a church you are considering attending?

In verse 22, Paul warns his readers to abstain from every form of evil. Why are the lesser evils sometimes even more dangerous than the major evils and why does God see all evils the same?

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