90 Being ready

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:9.

Pretend it’s a school day. Are you good at getting ready on time? Are you:

  • Often late?
  • Often on time?
  • Often early?

Pretend you are going off on holiday or for a day out. Are you good at getting ready on time? Are you:

  • Often late?
  • Often on time?
  •  Often early?

Pretend you are going round to play with your friends. Are you good at getting ready on time? Are you:

  • Often late?
  • Often on time?
  • Often early?

 

Read more…

The letter so far…

Paul had worked in Thessalonica for some time, but had to leave before he had finished. Timothy had visited them and he told Paul that they were brave and did not give up being Christians when things got hard for them. So Paul wrote to them, explaining more about what to believe and how to behave as Christians. They needed to be ready, he told them, for when Jesus returns: they had a wonderful hope of life for ever with God.

Now read 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11 together.

 

What happened next…

Paul encourages the people in the church to encourage one another. He asks them to love their leaders and to live according to God’s will. They can be happy always because of God’s good gifts, keeping close to one another and to God.

 

Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 114 together.

 

Did you know…?

Thessalonica This was a large and important city in northern Greece.

Date Paul wrote to the church around AD 50 or AD 51. This was his first letter.

Message Paul visited the church but could not stay long because there was so much opposition from the Jews in the area. You can read about it in Acts 17:1–9. The letter shows how pleased Paul is that the church has grown, even after such a brief time of teaching.

 

Try it out

What does the Bible mean to you?

Did you ask yourself this question in Challenge 1 with the story of “The fall”? Did you keep a note of your answer or can you remember what it was?

Think about everything you have discovered as you have taken the Big Bible Challenge.

What do you know now that you did not know before?

What has surprised you?

Has anything confused you?

What has been the best bit?

What has been the worst part?

Has your answer to the question changed since Challenge 1?

What about your Bible Coach? Has their answer changed since you started taking the Big Bible Challenge together?

 

Talk to God

Ask God to help you understand this message.

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