Hershey Free has an annual tradition of doing a church-wide study, including students, to start the new year. Love This Book, Part 4, is an opportunity to study the writings of Paul with a renewed understanding of what it means to be “in Christ” and how that knowledge changes everything about us.
This study includes a 90-page weekly devotional guide. These guides are available to pick up in the main lobby. A complete online version of Love This Book is available below. There are also additional online resources that support the weekly teaching and give deeper insight into Paul's writing.
Devotional & Discussion Questions
“In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.” (2 Thessalonians 3:6)
What’s the problem?
“In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.
For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: 'The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.'
We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good. Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.” (2 Thessalonians 3:6-15)
“idle and disruptive” (vv. 6, 11)
“we did not eat anyone’s food without paying for it” (v. 8)
“the one who is unwilling to work shall not eat” (v. 10)
“busybodies” (v. 11)
“patron”—a wealthy person
What’s the goal?
“God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis 1:28)
“The Lord God took the man and put him the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:15)
How do we develop this?
- Positive Peer Pressure
- Personal examples
- A Particular Perspective
“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.” (2 Thessalonians 3:5)