This week’s readings: 1 and 2 Thessalonians
Don’t forget to record your impressions and read the ideas outlined in the Come, Follow Me manuals on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
This scriptural insight comes from Verse by Verse: Volume 2 by Andrew C. Skinner and D. Kelly Ogden.
In 1 Thessalonians 3:2, the Greek word translated as “establish” literally means to strengthen a building by adding a buttress to it. The word comfort means to encourage.
These ideas and topics are compiled from Come, Follow Me and have been adapted for specific situations. Check out the manuals online for more ideas, or come up with your own as you study!
In the first two chapters of 1 Thessalonians, the topic of what it means to be a true minister is discussed. Perhaps you and your spouse could talk about when you are a minister of the gospel, such as with your family, with each other, with those you minister too, or in a calling. Then you could talk about ways that you can better incorporate the principles of sincerity and love in these chapters into your teaching.
As you read 1 Thessalonians this week, perhaps you could focus on the topic of becoming holy. Using scripture resources and the scriptures themselves, you could come up with a list of ways that holiness can be achieved, then pick one to write on your mirror or set as the background on your phone to work on this week. You could even pick a study partner this week and help each other stay on track.
For families with young children:
This week, you might consider using Paul’s teachings in 2 Thessalonians to talk about the phrase “be not weary in well doing.” As you talk about the importance of work and how it makes us feel good when we work hard, you might consider spending some working together to make a family chore chart with age-appropriate jobs if you don’t have one already. If you do have one, maybe it’s a good time to evaluate how it’s working and make adjustments.
For families with teens:
As your family reads about the Second Coming this week, perhaps you could mix things up by playing a game. Write down the metaphors that describe Christ’s Second Coming (such as “thief in the night.” Then play a game of charades with these metaphors. Afterward, you could talk about why the Second Coming is so important and how your family can better prepare for it.
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