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Welcome to Sunday School

 May 19, 2024
"Doing Life Together In Christ"

1 Thessalonians 5:4-15


The Point:
Believers share and
experience life in Christ together!


Experts say human interaction is essential for our mental and physical well-being. Loneliness and social isolation contribute to sleeplessness, reduced immune function, anxiety, depression, heart disease, stroke, and dementia. We need other people. 


Nowhere is this truer than in the Christian life. Following Jesus is hard. We were never meant to do it in isolation. Believers were meant to do life together.  


1 Thessalonians 5:4-8

4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief;

5  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day; we are not of the night, nor of darkness.   

6  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 

7  For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 

8  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplace of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 

Because we are children of light living in a darkened world and fighting a spiritual battle, Christians need each other. Believers strengthen one another to stand firm and stay alert. Together we are not alone in a world where we are outcasts. 

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11

9   For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. 

10  Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 

11  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edity one another, even as also ye do. 

In certain situations, even devout Christians may get discouraged. Suffering can overwhelm us, so we lose focus on the glorious future ahead. In those times, we need each other to speak encouragement and remind us, this is all temporary and paradise awaits us.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-15

12  And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you. 

13  And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake, and be at peace among themselves. 

14  Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. 

15  See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.  

Doing life together with other believers is more than socializing with like-minded people; it involves standing united with other believers against the darkness of the world. It entails encouraging one another in our walk with Christ. And it means challenging one another to do what is good. 

"Ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men" (v.15). When we are doing life together in the church, we will do what is good for others and challenge others to do what is good as well. We become our best selves in Christ as we dare one another to follow Him well. 

Isolation is detrimental to people generally, and it's dangerous for Christians. Through our relationships with other believers, we draw strength and encouragement, receive needed correction, and find motivation to follow hard after Jesus. 

"How can you do life together with your faith family?

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