Posted by: heisourstrongtower | April 6, 2013


Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Day 58 – PART 1

You are my refuge and my shield;
your word is my source of hope. Psalm 119:114

Dear Lord,

There are times when I am especially fearful, yet I know that it is not in Your will for me to walk in fear. I believe that You are greater than all of my fears. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, who strengthens me and enables me to be brave, even when I am afraid.

Show me any areas of unresolved fear from my fear which are holding me back from fully trusting in You, as my refuge and my shield. When fear comes upon me, help me to combat it through prayer and reading Your word. Help me to strengthen my resolve to never make any decisions based on fear. God because I know You are always with me, I will not walk in fear.

God, I trust You! My hope is in You and in Your mighty power within my life. In Jesus Name, Amen

Reading Assignment 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians

For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true. And you know of our concern for you from the way we lived when we were with you. 
1 Thessalonians 1:5


Study Questions for 1 Thessalonians 1

Greetings (1:1)

Who are the senders of this letter? Who is the recipient? How are they identified? How did they hear the gospel? Where can we obtain grace and peace, why that order, and what does this personally mean to you?

Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians Faith (1:2-10)

What was one of Paul, Silas, and Timothy’s prayer topics? (2) What did the Thessalonians’ faith, hope, and love produce? (3)

Who chose who? (4; John 15:16) When God chooses someone, how does he make himself known to them? (5a; Mark 4:14) How is this confirmed to everyone? After they preached the gospel what did Paul, Silas, and Timothy do? (5b)

Did believing in the gospel make life easier for them? How were they able to cope?

How did their life of faith in the mist of suffering become a blessing to others? (7-8)

What did their new life of faith entail? (9) As we serve God, what do we wait for? (10) What is the wrath to come? (Dan. 2:44, 8:19; Rom. 1:18; Col. 3:5-6)

You know how badly we had been treated at Philippi just before we came to you and how much we suffered there. Yet our God gave us the courage to declare his Good News to you boldly, in spite of great opposition. 1 Thessalonians 2:2

1 Thessalonians 2_2

Study Questions for 1 Thessalonians 2

Paul’s Ministry in Thessalonica (2:1-16)

What do those who deliver the gospel often endure? (2:1-2) What happened in Philippi? (Acts 16:11-40) What happened when they left there and traveled to Thessalonica? (Acts 17:1-9) As we preach the gospel what should our heart be like? (3-6)

How should a preacher conduct himself with new believers? (7-8) How does sharing our life with new believers follow Jesus’ example? Did Paul burden the new believers by asking them for financial support? (9; Acts 18:2-3; 1 Cor. 9:18)

How should all of us, especially the spiritually mature conduct our lives? (10-12) What does it mean by God “who calls you into his kingdom and glory”?

When the gospel is preached who is the true source and who is therefore to be praised? (13) What often happens to a new believer? (14) Why do fellow countrymen often oppose a new believer? (15-16) What will be the outcome of those who hinder the gospel?

We Wanted to Come From You (2:17-3:5)

How was Paul, Silas, and Timothy torn away from Thessalonica? (17; Acts 17:5-10) Why might Paul want to return to them? How harsh was Satan’s efforts and why did God allow this? (3:1) What does Paul mean when he says that they are his glory and what can we learn? (19-20; Mark 8:38)

What are all true believers destined for in this life? (2-4) Since Paul was prevented from going to them, what did he do instead? What was Paul afraid of? What does this mean to us? (Mark 4:16-19)

So we have been greatly encouraged in the midst of our troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 3:7-8

Study Questions for 1 Thessalonians 3

Your Faith and Love (3:6-10)

What two things was evidence that the Thessalonians remained in Jesus? (6) How did they remember the people who told them about the gospel? How did the good news about the Thessalonians’ faith and love affect the gospel workers? (7)

What does verse 8 mean and show about faith in Jesus? What does the fact that messengers thanked God show who they gave all the credit to? (9) How should gospel messengers follow-up on their initial preaching? (10) What might be lacking in their faith?

May God Keep You Blameless and Holy (3:11-13)

Considering the titles of God and Jesus in verse 11, what can we learn about them? Who did Paul acknowledge controlled his life and actions? Why did God do it in the way he did? What can we learn about our own lives?

What did Paul pray for in verse 12? Considering the make up of the congregation in Thessalonica, why might mutual love be difficult? (Acts 17:1-4) Considering what many in their city did to them, why might love “for everyone else” be difficult? How can you apply this kind of love in your life?

What was his prayer topic in verse 13? What does it mean “strengthen your hearts”? Why pray for this?

When will we stand in the presence of our God? How are me made blameless and holy? Considering the nature of the Kingdom of Heaven, why is this absolutely needed?

Who are Jesus’ holy ones?

Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18

Study Questions for 1 Thessalonians 4

Living to Please the Lord (4:1-8)

What should we remember that our lifestyle do? (1) Where can we find how to do this? (2) What is some of the ways that we can do this?

What does it mean to be sanctified? (3) What does God consider sexual immorality? Is it possible for us to avoid sexual immorality? (4) What does the fact that it must be learned imply about the sinful nature?

How is the Christ-like way of life opposite of the worldly life? (5) Why does the world let their passions rule them?

How is sexual immorality doing wrong to a brother in the Lord? (6) Who will the Lord punish for sexual immorality?

What does Paul repeat in verse 7 and how does this show its importance? Where does this warning come from? (8) How does the Holy Spirit help us live a holy life?

Love One Another (4:9-13)

What does God teach us? (John 13:34-35) Where was Macedonia and what does this apply about the early churches?

What is a quiet life? What does it mean “to mind your own business”? Why might some who claim to be Christians need to hear that they are to work with their hands?

What is the desired outcome of the three things mentioned in verse 11? (12) Is this a selfish ambition?

The Lord Himself Will Come Down From Heaven (4:13-18)

What does the phrase mean “fall asleep”? What is the worldly response to a loved one’s death? Why? How is it possible for Christians to respond in grief?

What is a core belief of Christians? (14) Will some Christians be on the earth when Jesus comes again? (15) When Jesus comes again how will he awake those who have already died? (16) After the dead in Christ are raised, what will happen to those who had not died yet? (17a) What will happen to all those who meet Christ Jesus in the air? (17b) What are we instructed to do with this truth?

Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22

Study Questions for 1 Thessalonians 5

The Day of the Lord (1-10)

Why is it unnecessary for Christians to speculate about times and dates of the Lord’s coming? (1; Mk. 13:32) How will the Lord come again? (2-3)

What is the best preparation for the coming of the Lord–the greatest event of human history? (4-6) Why does faith in Jesus’ second coming have so many moral implications? (7-8)

What is God’s purpose for his chosen people? (9) What price did God pay for our life? (10)

Live in Peace with Each Other (11-24)

How do Christians practice love toward each other? (11, 13a) What is the Christians attitude toward leaders among them? (12-13) In what ways should Christian leaders exercise their leadership? (12-13)

In what ways do the immature and undisciplined Christians need help? (14) How important is it to be forgiving and kind toward each other? (15)

What is God’s will for all Christians that is always known in all situations? (16-18) How does Apostle Paul display his practice of this vital Christian way of life? (1:2,6; 2:13,19-20; 3:9)

How can Christians always maintain the spirit of joy, prayer and thanksgiving? (19-22)

May God Sanctify You (23-28)

What is Apostle Paul’s prayer for Christians? (23) What is his faith? (24)

What personal request did Paul have? (25) What is a holy kiss? (26)

Who is this letter for? How is the grace of Jesus with us?


Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Day 58 – PART 2

So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. 12 Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

2 Thess 1_11-12

Study Questions for 2 Thessalonians 1

Greetings (1:1-2)

Who is the sender of this letter? Who is the recipient? How are they identified? How did they hear the gospel? (Acts 17:1-4)

Where can we obtain grace and peace? Why list both, why that order, and what does this personally mean to you?

Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians Faith (1:3-12)

Why was Paul thankful? (3) What does the fact that faith can grow imply? What does the fact that love increases imply?

What did Paul boast about? (4) What kind of trials and persecutions did they endure? (Acts 17:5-9) How is this an inspiration to us today?

How is God’s present and future judgement made right in perseverance under persecution? (5) Should we repay persecution with persecution? (6)

What does Jesus soon coming mean to believers in him? (7) Where will Jesus come from? What will he look like? Who will come with him? What will many who are alive and see this think is happening?

What two “do not” people will be punished? (8) What is the threefold nature of their punishment? (Matt. 8:10-12, 13:40-43, 49-50, 22:11-14. 24:48-51, 25:28-30) What will Jesus’ coming mean to Jesus’ believers, including the Thessalonians who received this letter? (10) How does this fact prompt Paul, Silas and Timothy to pray as it should us to? (11) Why should we pray this? (12)

With all these things in mind, dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching we passed on to you both in person and by letter. 2 Thessalonians 2:15

Study Questions for 2 Thessalonians 2

The Man of Lawlessness (2:1-12)

What seems to have happened in the congregation at Thessalonicia and is still happening today? (2:1-2, 5) What will happen before Jesus comes again? (3) What will the man of lawlessness do? Why hasn’t he been revealed yet? (6, 7b) Does this mean that he is not at work now? (7a)

What will Jesus do to the lawless one when he comes? How will he do this? Who is behind the lawless one’s power? (9-10a) What will he enable the lawless one to do?

Why will God punish people? (10b) What happens to those who hear the truth and refuse it? (11) Why? (12) What can be learned about the proper response to the truth?

Stand Firm (2:13-17)

What is the most important choice everyone needs to make? (13) What are the two ways mentioned in verse 13 that we are saved? What is the “sanctifying work of the Spirit”? What are the truths to believe in?

When do all get to make the choice? (14) What does it mean we will share in Jesus’ glory? When will this happen?

What are we encouraged to do? What does this mean?

What has God done for us? What can be assured God will do for us in our every good deed and word? (17) What have you done with such a great promise?

As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good. 2 Thessalonians 3:13

Never tire of doing right


Study Questions for 2 Thessalonians 3

Request for Prayer (3:1-5)

What is a prayer request that should be said to this very day? (3:1; Luke 10:2) What else should we pray concerning the messengers of the gospel? (2) What will happen when we pray to be delivered? (3)

How could Paul be confident in the Thessalonians’ future? What was his prayer topic in verse 5?

Earn the Bread You Eat (3:6-18)

What kind of brother were they commanded to keep away from? (6) Was Paul idle as he went from town to town preaching the gospel? (7) Was Paul a beggar, crying and complaining about his troubles and need for money? What did Paul do, even though it was hard labor?

Did Paul have a right to earn a living among the people he preached the gospel and truths of God to? (9a) Why did he know that he should use that right? (9b-10) What is a busybody?

Is being self-sufficient and doing the Lord’s work tiring? (13) What should a self-sufficient believer do around someone who refused to work for a living and why? (14) With what attitude should we do so?

How did Paul conclude this and all his letters? (16-18) Why might he do that?


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