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I Corinthians 11:1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
I Corinthians 4:16 I urge you, imitate me.
Philippians 3:17 Brethren, join in following my example.
Philippians 4:9 The things which you…saw in me, these do.
I Thessalonians 1:6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord.
2:1 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain. 2 But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict.
3 For our exhortation did not come from error or uncleanness, nor was it in deceit. 4 But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.
8 We were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 6:47 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.
I Timothy 1:16 I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for everlasting life.
Acts 16:12 To Philippi…22 Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates…commanded them to be beaten with rods. 23 And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. 24 Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
17:1 They came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 Then Paul…for three Sabbaths reasoned with them… 3 saying, “This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.” 4 And some of them were persuaded… 5 But the Jews who were not persuaded…gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar.
Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.
QUESTIONS FOR LIFE
1. Whom did God use to make a difference in your life by bringing the gospel to you?
2.In what ways did this person imitate what Paul refers to in I Thessalonians 2:8?
I Thessalonians 2:8 We were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.
3. In what ways have you tried (or can you try) to imitate what Paul says in this verse?
4. Please read I Thessalonians 2:2.
I Thessalonians 2:2 But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict.
5. In what way can you relate to Paul in this verse and in what way have you imitated (or can you imitate) what he says about himself in this verse?
6. Please read I Thessalonians 2:3-4.
I Thessalonians 2:3 For our exhortation did not come from error or uncleanness, nor was it in deceit. 4 But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.
7. In what ways have you (or can you) try to imitate what Paul says in these verses?
8. Which of the following terminology did you use in the past when referring to what a person must do to be saved?
Believe in Jesus and do good
Believe and repent of your sins
Believe and confess Christ publicly
Ask for forgiveness of your sins
Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior
Ask Jesus into your heart
Give your life to Christ
Believe that Jesus died for your sins
9. Was it (or is it) hard for you to let go of that terminology? Please explain.
10. What might someone say (or has someone said) to you if you emphasize “believe in Jesus for everlasting life” in contrast to the terminology that they use?
11. What do you think you could say to them in response?