Children of the Day: Week 1 Recap

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Paul and Silas set out on a long and difficult missionary journey around AD 49-52.  This journey was the second missionary trip for Paul.  After receiving their commendation from the Jerusalem Council, Paul and Silas left  Jerusalem and traveled north through Syria and Cilicia.  In the town of Lystra in Cilicia, they met a young disciple named Timothy .

“The brothers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him.  Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.  As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey.  So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.”  Acts 16:2-5  NIV

The trio left Lystra and continued on their journey through Phrygia and Galatia to Troas.  In Troas, they boarded a boat and sailed across the Agean Sea to Neapolis.  Paul, Silas and Timothy continued their journey onward to the Roman colony of Philippi.

“On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer.  We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.  One of those listening was a woman named Lydia,… who was a worshiper of God.  The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.  When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home.”  Acts 16:13-15a NIV

After enduring imprisonment in Philippi, Paul, Silas, and Timothy resumed their journey traveling approximately 100 miles to Thessalonica to share the gospel message of Jesus Christ.

“Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few prominent women.”  Acts 17:4 NIV

The stay was brief in Thessalonica and they left after three weeks following a riot and the seizure of Jason, a fellow believer, and traveled fifty miles at night to Berea. (Acts 17:1-10)  Some time during the remainder of the journey, Paul, along with Silas and Timothy, penned the first letter to the Thessalonian church.  Scholarship suggests a date of AD 51 for the first epistle.

Week 1 Recap

On Day 1, we learned about the composition of the church at Thessalonica and about the brief, but important, visit of Paul, Silas, and Timothy.  Beth Moore also encouraged us as we began our journey through the scripture together.

Our lesson for Day 2 centered around 1 Thessalonians 1:3.  In this verse, the trio recalled three specific traits of the church at Thessalonica: their work of faith, their labor of love, and their endurance of hope in the Lord Jesus Christ.  This young church of converts needed encouragement because of the strong persecution they were enduring.  We were also asked to recall a particularly difficult season in our lives and to reflect on a good memory formed because of the support and company of others through that season.

In Day 3, we studied 1 Thessalonians 1:5.

“For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, in the Holy Spirit, and with much assurance.”  1 Thessalonians 1:5

We were to describe the way the Holy Spirit bears witness within us; how we experience the Spirit’s presence.  We also looked at how the Holy Spirit can manifest among believers.  We then compared and contrasted the properties of wind and the working of the Holy Spirit.

The lesson on Day 4 highlighted how the Thessalonians served as models and examples to all believers by their faith and endurance with joy through severe suffering.  They imitated the lives of Paul, Silas, and Timothy, who imitated the life of the Lord and had modeled for the church how to walk with Jesus Christ.  Beth Moore suggested that we also consider if we have ever served as an example prior to imitating the way of faith.

On Day 5, we concluded our lessons as we studied the conversion of the congregation at Thessalonica.  Their faith couldn’t be contained.  The word of the Lord had to be shared and they looked outward and proclaimed the message of the Lord like the blast of a trumpet.

Questions to Ponder

  1. How has the company of others helped me through a difficult situation in life?  How can I be an encouragement to others going through difficulty?
  2. Have I ever been encouraged by how someone lived out their faith?  What actions did they do that were inspiring?
  3. How do I know when the Holy Spirit is at work in my life?
  4. When I first became a Christian, whom did I imitate as a model of faith?
  5. When was the last time I shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with someone?  If they received Christ, are they still walking faithfully?

We’re off to a great start!  Please begin Week 2 lessons.

Blessings,

Mimi

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Ancient Greek/Macedonian Music

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Have you ever wondered how the music of first century Thessalonica sounded?  I did.  I searched and found a couple of videos I thought you might enjoy.  The first one is classical and the second one is a modern group playing Macedonian folk music.  I liked it because of the folk costumes.  Enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mimi

 

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Thessalonica: Past and Present

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How are you on this Wednesday morning?  If you’re interested in participating in the Fall Bible Study Session of Children of the Day, a study of 1 & 2 Thessalonians by Beth Moore, you’re not too late.  You can find details about the study by clicking here.

How do you like Week 1 of our study?  I think we’re in for quite a journey through the scriptures with Paul, Silas and Timothy.  One of the things I love best when I travel is immersing myself in the culture of a place and I like to do the same thing when I study the Bible.  I like having a visual image of a place as I’m studying about it.  I found this wonderful post at BiblePlaces.com about Thessalonica.  I think you’ll find the information and pictures helpful to enhance your study of 1 & 2 Thessalonians.  Be sure and check out the additional links on Thessalonica at the bottom of their post.   Click on the picture to take you to their site.

Thessalonica from north with Byzantine eastern city wall

Blessings,

Mimi

 

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Children of the Day Bible Study Begins

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I’m excited to begin our journey together today.  I have a few short details to mention before the introduction to our study.

  • If you have not purchased or ordered a book or you just discovered this site and want to participate, you are not too late!  For more details or to order a book, click here.  I will also archive the posts which you will be able to find under the Bible Studies Archive tab under the header of the homepage.
  • Please feel free to post comments or questions throughout our study in the comments section.  I love seeing, answering, and getting to know you from your comments.
  • I have established a private Facebook group for us to continue the discussion as well as share and encourage one another.  This group would also be a great place to post prayer requests.  If you’d like to be a member of this group, please share your email with me and I will send you an invite.
  • I’ve had a few questions concerning the ability to see Beth Moore’s videos that accompany this study.  I’m unable to share them due to copyright laws but I will be sharing clips from some of those videos that have been posted to YouTube.  If you would like to see the full videos, you will need to purchase them from Lifeway.  They’re $4.99 each or $44.95 for the set.  Click here to order.
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Introduction to Children of the Day: 1 & 2 Thessalonians

Children of the Day will take us on a journey through the pages of 1 & 2 Thessalonians.  Thessalonica/Thessaloniki is located in present day Greece.  The city, during the time of Paul, was in an area called Macedonia.   Paul decided to travel to Macedonia during his second missionary journey in AD 49-52.

“During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”  After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.”  Acts 16:9, 10

Macedonia had been the original kingdom of Alexander the Great and was considered one of the world’s great dockyards.  Originally called Thermai because of the city’s location near the Thermaic Gulf, the city was renamed in 315 BC by Cassander, the king of Macedonia, after his wife, Thessalonica, the half-sister of Alexander the Great.  Thessalonica lay in a very strategic trade route position located on the Ignatian Road which linked the East with the West.  This location was critical in the development of Christianity into a world religion.

Paul’s visit was brief, but the truths that he taught the people burrowed deep into their souls.  A description of Paul’s journey and arrival in Thessalonica is given in Acts 17:1-9.

“As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, … Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few prominent women.”  Acts 17:2, 4

The first epistle was written to address and correct issues that had cropped up in the church since Paul’s visit.  The second letter, written shortly after the first, was written to address misconceptions about the second coming of Jesus Christ.  Both of these letters reflect Paul’s ongoing help to the fledgling congregation to handle the daily problems of a fast growing church.

Today, you will begin reading Week 1’s daily lessons found on page 15 of your Children of the Day workbook.  I would suggest that you work a lesson a day.  On Monday, September 15th, I will post a summation of the Week 1 lessons.  Thank you for grabbing your backpack and sandals and joining in on this journey as we walk through history on the pages of 1 & 2 Thessalonians together.

Blessings,

Mimi

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Children of the Day Promo Video

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A small taste of Children of the Day, a study of 1 & 2 Thessalonians, by Beth Moore.  We begin the Fall Study session on Monday!  If you’d like to join in, click here for the details.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mimi

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Amazing Grace Celtic Woman

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Only 5 more days until we begin our Fall Bible study session.  Have you bought your book?  For more details, click here.

 

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Mimi

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Children of the Day Bible Study Details

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We will begin our Fall Bible study session on Monday, September 8th, 2014.  The study will run from September 8th – November 3rd, 2014.

Our study is Children of the Day, a study of 1 & 2 Thessalonians by Beth Moore.  To order, click on the banner above.

{For those of you who live in the Clinton/Jackson, MS area, we have two studies taking place at First United Methodist Church of Clinton: Monday nights at 6:45 pm and Friday mornings at 9:15 am.  If you plan to attend one of these brick and mortar classes, please let us know in the comments section of this post or send me an email.  Books will be available at the first lesson for purchase.}

I’ve never taken a Bible study, what is involved?

This study is prepared into 9 weeks of  5 lessons each week.  To participate, you will need to purchase a member workbook, a bible, pen and paper.  Also, you will need to carve out study time into your daily routine.  You do not need to complete each lesson in a sitting.  Most take between 30-45 minutes.  If you need to break up the lesson into more manageable amounts like 10 minutes at a time, please do so.

Details for Participating in an Online Study

  •  On Mondays during this study, a summation will be given of that week’s lessons.  For example, I will post a summation of Week 1 on Monday, September 15th.
  •  On Wednesdays and Fridays of the study, I will post additional content such as scripture quotes, videos, articles or music as additions to the study.
  • If you have any suggestions or find something that you feel will benefit the group, please share and/ or send me an email.
  • I will provide a closed Facebook Group for members of this study to join and share in discussion and in prayer for one another.  If you would like to be a part of this group, please provide me with your email address.  You may send it to me by email or post it below in the comment section.
  •  The comment section is always open and available for comments and discussion.  I love getting a notice that someone has left me a comment so don’t be shy!
  • If you have a prayer request, you may post it on the prayer page.  For more sensitive requests, please send me an email.

I can’t wait to begin.  How about you?  I look forward to getting to know you as we study 1 & 2 Thessalonians together.

Blessings,

Mimi

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