Bible Proficiency Project
Week 30, 7/27 - 8/2, 2020

I.     Monday — Acts 15:36-18:11 Paul’s Second Missionary Journey

1.     After Barnabas and John-Mark depart to Cyprus what route did Paul and Silas take on Paul’s second

       missionary journey and for what purpose?  

2.    Who was Timothy and why did Paul have Timothy circumcised before he joined them on the missionary

       journey?

3.    What is significant about the direction of missions in 16:6?

4.    What were the significant aspects that occurred in the establishment of a church in Philippi?

5.    Leaving Philippi and entering Thessalonica how did they go about preaching Christ?

6.    What opposition did they face in Thessalonica and what did they do?

7.    What distinguished Berea from Thessalonica?

8.    How did they end up in Athens and what happened there?

9.    Where do the Apostles go from Athens and who do they meet?

 

II.    Tuesday — 1Thessalonians 1-2

1.     How does Paul describe the Thessalonian believers?

2.    What affliction (v. 6) can you point to?

3.    What are the marks of a faithful pastor that Paul speaks of regarding preaching in ch. 2?

4.    What kind of a heart as a pastor did Paul demonstrate (7-9)?

5.    How does the Christian view the preaching and teaching ministry of the pastor according to 2:13?

III.   Wednesday — 1Thessalonians 3- 4:12

1.     Chapter 3 is largely a discussion about what?

2.    What two phrases does Paul use to express his desire to see them grow in their faith?

3.    What things does Paul desire to see them increase in?

IV.  Thursday – 1Thessalonians 4:13-5:11

1.     What does Paul not want them to be ignorant of?  

2.    What happens on the day the Lord returns?

3.    What did he say about when this day will happen?

V.   Sunday — 1Thessalonians 5:12-28

1.     Paul ends the letter with several encouragements of things the Christian is to mindful of and to seek to do.

       What did he say about how you act toward leaders?  

2.    What should be our attitude toward others in vv. 14-15?  

3.    What should be the priority in our activity in vv. 16-22?

4.    Paul pronounced two benedictions (3:11-13 and 5:23-24). What is the purpose of the benediction and what

       in particular was Paul’s desire for the Thessalonians?

 

Answers

 

I.     Monday —Galatians 5-6

1.     He is continuing to demonstrate that salvation is not based on our keeping of the law. In v. 1 he said that

       we must be jealous of the liberty we have from the yoke of law-keeping as the basis of our salvation and

       relationship to God.

2.    Paul distinguishes between seeking salvation through the law and serving each other in love by embracing

       law as the right thing to pursue knowing our dependence upon the grace of God (v. 4).

3.    God sends the Spirit into the believer that through the power of the Spirit first and foremost we are brought

       into relationship with God and then secondly we are led by the Spirit to live in a way pleasing to God (v.

       22-23) and flee all sin (v. 19-21).

4.    Paul is attempting to make a clear contrast between living in the flesh (v. 19) and the Spirit (v.25) by the

       nature of the things we engage in. We are not saved by our works, however, we will be known by the fruit

       of our life. New life / Spirit-led life is marked by the pursuit of those things that honor God and deny the

       works of the flesh.

5.    There are two parts to this answer. The first is that we are to have compassion toward others and seek

       their good (restoration). The second part has to do with self-examination so that before we seek to bear

       another’s burdens we must first take responsibility for our own burdens (v.5) by being humble (v. 3) and

       loving (law of Christ v. 2).

6.    While the primary understanding here is material provision for the support of the pastor, I believe Paul may

       envision even more in the sense of even as the pastor shares his life with the congregation so the

       members should also share their lives with the pastor.

7.    Those who were pushing circumcision were doing so to promote themselves (v. 13) but that is because

       their focus is on the praise of men. Paul instructs us to keep our eye on pleasing God (He is not5 mocked)

       by seeking to nurture a Spirit-led life (v. 8). The way we do that is by doing good to all and especially those

       of the household of faith.

II.    Tuesday — 1Thessalonians 1-2

1.     In v. 3 he speaks of their work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope (perseverance). In v. 6 he points

       to their having received the word in much affliction being evidenced by v. 8 their spread of the gospel to

       Macedonia, Achaia, and in every place (these are the regions of Greece).  In v. 9 he points to their turning

       from idolatry to serve God and look for the second coming.

2.    In Acts 17 we read how the opposition gathered a mob who attacked the house of Jason. Then later these

       persecutors chased Paul to Berea.

3.    In v. 2 he speaks of being bold even in the face of opposition; in v. 4 that their purpose was to please God

       and regardless of how the preaching may be received by the hearers (v. 6 nor the glory of men).

4.    He said it is similar to that of the parent to their child, which is sacrificial and protective care that seeks to

       provide what a child needs (v. wants). But v. 8 also goes right to the point that a faithful pastor not only

       gives the gospel through ministry but goes the next step of investing their own lives into the people of the

       congregation.

5.    It is not the word of men, but it is to be received as God’s Word (which it is in truth). The Christian embraces

       the Word as effective or effectual which means it is designed by God to transform the life of the believer.

III.   Wednesday — 1Thessalonians 3- 4:12

1.     Paul expressed his concern and desire to know how the Christians in Thessalonica were doing in walking

       worthy of Christ. And so he recounts sending Timothy to them, and then sending someone to find out how

       they were doing and then finally Timothy came back to them in Athens and gave a report that they were

       standing fast in the faith.

2.    In 3:12 Paul includes in a benediction the phrase increase and abound, and then in 4:1, he uses the phrase

       abound more and more and 4:10 increase more and more.

3.    In love for one another (3:12); in sanctification which is holiness as opposed to sexual immorality (4:3); and

       lastly, in industry by leading a quiet life, mind your own business and working with your hands.

IV.  Thursday – 1Thessalonians 4:13-5:11

1.     The state of the believer after they die and what will happen on the Day of Lord.

2.    The Lord will descend announced by a shout, the voice of the archangel sounding along with the trumpet

       of God. Those Christians who have died will come with Christ and then those who are alive will join them in

       the air. The final end of all this is that all believers will then realize their eternal state in God’s presence.

3.    That it will come suddenly and catch those who are unaware by surprise. But the Christian is to live in

       constant anticipation of the Lord’s return as those who look for the coming of the Lord.

V.   Sunday — 1Thessalonians 5:12-28

1.     First, we are to recognize their work for the benefit of the church. This is in three areas: their labor, rule,

       and correction.  Second, we are to esteem them in love because of their office.

2.    Pursue what is good (v. 15) is the sum of it.

3.    To pursue the Spirit’s work in our lives by seeking a greater relationship with God and for His blessing.

4.    A benediction is a pronouncement of God’s blessing upon His people. In both, Paul’s stated desire is for

       them to continue and grow in their faith with an eye to perseverance until the Lord’s return.