Read 1 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5. Discuss some or all of the following questions.
The sermon began with a quote from Stephen Covey’s bestselling 7 Habits book: “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” For Christians, the gospel of Jesus Christ is the main thing; this is ‘gospel centrality’.
Briefly review the gospel (creation, fall, redemption, restoration).
What does it mean to keep the gospel central in all of life?
Aspects of Gospel Centrality
A heart for God’s Word, 2:13-16
Paul rejoices at the Thessalonians’ response to God’s Word. What three things does he specifically praise them for?
Name a way you’ve witnessed someone at RMCC hear and eagerly obey God’s Word.
A heart for God’s mission, 2:17-19
Read Philippians 1:12-14. Paul writes from prison. He is content with his situation because he is trusting God to use it. What two things does Paul specifically state God is accomplishing through his imprisonment?
Name a time God has used hardship or persecution in your life to bring about something good and eternal.
A heart for God’s people, 3:1-5
How does understanding God’s love for you enable you to love God’s people?
The sermon closed with a list of ways the gospel transforms us:
power to reject sin,
justification in Christ,
reconciliation to our Creator,
unity with the people of God,
increased passion for the lost to know God,
eagerness to obey God’s law, etc.
How do you hope to see the gospel transform your life? PRAY TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY GROUP. PRAY OVER YOUR OIKOS DOCUMENT.