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Glory to Jesus

 

One day, when Jesus returns, He'll "be glorified in his holy people"  (v 10). But wonderfully, we don't need to wait till then to bring Him the praise He deserves.

With this in mind, Paul prays...

Read 2 Thessalonians 1 v 11-12

Your purpose

  • - Can you summarise Paul's prayers, in your own words? He prays:
  •   > that ... (v 11a)
  •   > and that ... (v 11b)
  •   > so that ... (v 12)
  • - What does Paul want the Thessalonians to be doing (v 12)?
  • - So what does Paul want God to do ( v 11)?
  • - So what does Paul do (v 11 and v 12)?

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APPLY

What is the main purpose of our lives? It is that we bring glory to Jesus!

  • - How, specifically, will you make this affect:
  •   > your prayers?
  •   > your desires?
  •   > your deeds?

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Your calling

Read 1 Thessalonians 2 v 12: 4 v 7

  • - What would this church have understood by God's "calling?" (Hint: "holy" means distinctive, or totally pure)

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TIME OUT

Read Ephesians 4 v 1-6 and Phillipians 1 v 27-28.

  • - How do these verses help us to understand how to live "worthy of his calling?"
  • - How does this challenge you personally?

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PRAY

  • - How do these verses help us to know what we should be praying for other members of our church?

Today's study is shorter than usual to give you more time to pray. As well as the thing you usually pray about, make a list of Christians you know, and use Paul's prayer here to pray for them.

You might find it helpful to think about what work and ministry they're involved in--what "act(s) prompted by faith" can you ask God to bless them in?

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Explore God's Word Daily helps you open up the Bible to be refreshed and encouraged in your walk with God. "Explore" is the daily Bible-reading devotional from The Good Book Company (www.thegoodbook.com). Contributors include: Dr Timothy Keller, Senior Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York; Mike McKinley, Senior pastor of Guilford Baptist Church; Tim Chester, author and pastor of Crowded House, Sheffield, UK; Mark Meynell, Senior Associate Minister at All Soul’s Langham Place, London, UK. Editors: Tim Thornborough and Carl Laferton.

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