03: Thessalonica in Paul’s Day – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Key Thought : Presenting the gospel in a way that meets the needs of others requires a solid grasp of the Word and an understanding of the needs of those we wish to reach.

[Teaching plan for “Thessalonica in Paul’s Day” July 16.2012]

1. Have a volunteer read John 11:48-50.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How does the current political situation in your community affect the work of the church?
C. Personal Application: If another church seems to have success in your area because of a certain program or method, could you suggest that your church also try to emulate that method or program? Why or why not?
D. Case Study: One of your relatives states, “Why doesn’t your church try harder to get involved in community and local governmental activities and programs to improve its place and standing in the community?” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read I Corinthians 9:22-27.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of Paul’s strategy in missionary work?
C. Personal Application: What does it mean to keep your body in subjection? What challenges do you have in this area of self-denial or lack thereof? Share.
D. Case Study: One of your friends states, “How could Paul say that he could be a castaway? Does that mean he thought he could be lost? What does it mean to be temperate in all things so that we wouldn’t be a castaway?” How would you respond to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read I Corinthians 9:13-18.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Is Paul stating here that the tithes should pay the minister’s salary or that the minister should be fed and housed by church members? Would where a person lived, or whether he was a stationary pastor or a missionary make a difference? Share.
C. Personal Application: Why did Paul choose to work and not rely on the church members to support his ministry?
1) Do you think missionaries should be paid a substantial salary as they live in a foreign land with minimal needs and expenses?
D. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “I give five or ten dollars every week to the church to help the pastor. He has a second job during the week, so he takes care of himself. He doesn’t need our money to make him rich like some of those megachurch flamboyant preachers.” How do you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read I Thessalonians 4:11,12.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What does it mean to study to be quiet? Was Paul telling them not to preach and teach the gospel, or was he encouraging them to be diligent, hard workers?
C. Personal Application: How does being a hard worker and good co-worker influence others in your Christian witness? Is it enough to work hard and be quiet, or are we to vocalize our faith as well? Share.
D. Case Study: Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

 (Note: “Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.” MH p. 149)

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03: Thessalonica in Paul’s Day – Teaching Plan — 5 Comments

  1. I thank you very match for always providing me with this study guide but I request you to keep the spirit. May the lord bless you.

  2. There is something that we miss in the world of knowing and imparting. It is the lack of biblical knowledge. We are afraid of its size/volume and so have failed to read it everyday. That inadequacy makes us powerless in the delivery of the righful message. My prayer is that the Church wakes up and begins to read, understand prayerfully and spread the Good News it was done during the Pauline times.

  3. This topic has really confused me.

    Paul was not preaching in church but rather in streets. So please I need your help. You mean we must also preach in the streets not in the church?

    • Yes and no. Yes in that we need to bring the message to those on the streets but we must also remember that there are persons who visit Adventist churches who also need to hear the word of God. It all depends on the method we use to bring our messages across so that people will understand.

  4. I want to share my opnion on the methods of Paul. Maybe we should call it Pauline Homiletics. My thinking with Paul preaching in the streets is that we should where opportunities arise. That is what we do with the presentation of our worldly theses (dissertations). We present them to our fellow PhD holders (though in halls, etc). they need to accept our positions and then we are made part of their 'philosophies'.

    I see in ACTS 17 and 18 that this is what happened with Paul. They may have seemed to not accept him but, watch out: God's message will never leave one unchanged. There is that power instilled/infused in listeners that is accepted now or after. There is no two ways about it.

    Let us therefore study the Pauline homiletics and find appropriate ways of propagating it into our preaching. God succeeded through Paul and there is no where God will fail through us if we only do what Paul did to win/find God's favour.


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