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Our Flow: Before God

September 1, 2013 Speaker: Jonathan Sgalambro Series: Our Flow is Gospel

Topic: Exposition Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:16–5:22

Quick Review


The Will of God (v.v. 16-18)


You’re telling me to rejoice and thank God for what?!?


Who do you trust?



Foolish, Cynical or Biblical (v.v. 19-22)


Yes to God!


Sifting through the Wicked and the Crazy


No to Fools


Community Meditation 

Growing in Knowledge

  • Rejoicing, prayer and thanksgiving are major themes throughout the Scriptures. Our passage today suggests that it is in fact the will of God that we are actively engaging in these things. Read the following passages and discuss why it might be God’s will for his people to have lives characterized by rejoicing, prayer and thanksgiving: Romans 12:12, Psalm 100, Philippians 4:4-7
  • Read 1 Corinthians 13. What is Paul’s major concern in this passage? Why do you think, based on the text, that he prioritizes this concern higher than the other miraculous gifts mentioned in the chapter?

Feeling Life Deeply

  • Many of us take time during the holidays (specifically Thanksgiving) to think through all of the things that we are thankful for. However, the command to actively thank God is found all over the Scriptures. How can we foster a regular habit and tradition of thanksgiving in our lives personally, in our families and in our MCs?
  • The foundation of the Christian’s joy is the hope that we have in Christ that we will be with him for all of eternity. Are we experiencing this joy commanded of us in Scripture? If not, then why? What is it that captures our hearts and minds that distract us from the source of our joy? How could we combat these distractions in our lives personally, in our families and in our MCs?

Living with Courage

  • What do our prayer lives look like? Are we regularly coming before God individually, with our spouses, our MCs, our children, etc.? If not, then why? We must repent of our laziness when it comes to prayer, and challenge one another to carve out this time.


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