THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 99th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
LESSON TITLE: BE EXAMPLES OF FAITH
Adult/Young Adult Topic: LET IT SHINE
Printed Text: 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
KEY VERSE: 1 Thessalonians 1:7-8a (NIV) And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 99th Edition, 2019-2020
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE: People often look for positive examples to emulate. How can we be positive examples? The Thessalonians were praised because they were positive examples to other, exhibiting strong and committing loving acts even amid trials and persecution.
CONCLUDING REFLECTION: Paul’s praise of the Thessalonians is also heartening to the readers of this letter today. Many Christians in America and in the West in general sense that the church has lost touch with the Spirit that animated the early believers. The New Testament enable us to access their experience—an example that can still instruct and inspire us. The Thessalonians had a “Gospel-Spreading” reputation in Macedonia and Achaia.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for Jesus Christ and what He has done in our lives. We pray that we would be faithful witnesses to your redeeming work among us. Help us to so live before the world that men and women will know that there is a reality in serving a true and living God. Above all, do not let us grow weary in well doing. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen