On Sunday, September 8, 2019, Matthew Williams preached the message, “Awake and Sober” as part of our current series, Living with the End in View from 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11. Click here for projection from the message as well as a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week. To listen to other messages in our archives, visit our Audio Resources page.
- Since the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 especially verses 2 & 3), what will that mean for unbelievers? How should unbelievers respond? See Romans 10:9-13.
- Read God’s promise of salvation for believers in verses 9-10. Talk about what this salvation means.
- What thoughts does “the day of the Lord” bring to your mind? Talk about the thoughts, concerns, fears or joys that come to mind. Compare these thoughts to Paul’s challenge in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 so that you can pray to God about them with others who can encourage you.
- Consider the charge to believers to “keep awake and be sober” (verse 6.) Discuss the following with your Community Group or take time to pray through these things on your own.a) How are you tempted by the cares of the world toward sleep or darkness? Talk about how these could influence you in growing more or less sensitive to God.
b) Describe the dangers how you could be numbing your mind with mindless entertainment.
c) How are you feeding your soul to keep awake and be sober? How could you be feeding your soul?
d)What would it mean in your life to “put on the breastplate of faith and love”? (verse 8)
e) What would it mean in your life to put on “for a helmet the hope of salvation”? (verse 8)
f) Is there a time during the week when you are tempted to “sleep” or enter the “darkness”; consider asking God for help and asking someone to pray with you.