January 21 Sermon Questions

Sermon Questions
We’re All Influencers Now!
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Kevin Deraaf
Jan 21, 2024

Questions

The message this morning was about influence. Is there a social media influencer you particularly like to follow? If not, what cultural phenomenon would you say has the most influence on you (sports, hobbies, media etc)?

Have someone read 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10.
What strikes you about how the influence of the gospel transformed this group of believers?
What qualities would a Christian community need to have in order to have the influence of this small church in Thessalonika?
Paul talks about their passionate faith in the midst of their suffering. What is it about the good news of the gospel that would make someone want to embrace Jesus even though it will make their life experience worse?

Kevin closed with three thoughts. Share your own reflections on each of them:
It isn’t enough to know about God. We need to know God.
Who did God use in my faith journey to influence me and bring me to a living encounter with Jesus?
What about my own influence? How does every space I enter change because I bring the presence of God with me?
Bonus Q: how could we become more intentional about the godly influence of our Home Church?

Close in prayer for each other and have someone close your prayer time by praying the words of 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 over your group.