Life Group Discussion Guide

As a group, read 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10.

Paul’s letter to the church at Thessalonica reflects a church for whom the Gospel has taken hold and radically changed the lives of the people. There was something clearly different about the believers here. The evidence was so obvious that Paul says “we need not say anything.” (v. 8)

In his sermon, Austin’s lays out 4 distinct characteristics of Gospel transformation. They are as follows:

  1. Visible fruit of the Holy Spirit
  2. Deep conviction over sin
  3. Bold and contagious proclamation of the Gospel
  4. An identity consumed with Jesus

Discussion Questions

  • What are the fruit of the Holy Spirit that Paul sees present in the church at Thessalonica? (vv. 3-5)
  • How do you know when conviction of sin is genuine and permanent rather than a passing feeling?
  • Whose life can you imitate knowing that the resulting effect on your faith will be positive, as it was with Paul? (v.6)
  • How can affliction and reality coexist? (v. 6)
  • In what ways are the message of the preaching of the Gospel backed up by actions? (v.8)
  • How do you know when your identity has shifted to Jesus from your previous way of life? (v. 9)
  • How do you make hope a defining characteristic of your daily life? (v. 10)


Take time to pray for each other in groups of three or four. Let each person share one way that this passage has challenged them in their faith. Pray specifically for each person to experience the patience of waiting hopefully on Jesus.

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