“God is not approaching you to condemn you, but to draw you out of hiding with his grace and mercy.”

Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians shifts now from a description of his ministry to the specific way he is calling them to live. He continues to affirm their growth, but identifies a number of ways they can continue to grow “more and more” like Christ. The first of these areas is in regard to sexual immorality. Here he calls them to purity and to self-control, reminding them of the key role our sexual lives play in our pursuit of holiness.

Application Questions

1. How could you make the pursuit of holiness a more prominent goal in your life?

2. What areas of sexual immorality is God calling you to confess to him, confess to a brother or sister, and repent of?

3. How can we make our church family a place that draws people out of the hidden corners?

4. What aspects of the gospel do you think people need to be reminded of the most when it comes to sexual sin?

5. Do you believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to produce holiness in your life?  In what ways do you struggle to believe this?

Scott Mehl

Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.

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