Faith that Sets an Example

Lesson 11 


Fall 2019


By: RLD Author


November 10, 2019

Lesson Focus:

Receive and exemplify the Gospel with power through the Spirit.

Bible Basis:

1 Thessalonians 1:2-10

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

Receive and exemplify the Gospel with power through the Spirit.

These videos and materials are for your personal use. If you show videos in class, be sure to have the necessary rights to do so.

“Jesus Paid It All” by Fernando Ortega
“Looking Up” by Nashville Life Music
“Grace Grace” by Ben & Noelle Kilgore
Barclay’s Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 1
Commentary on 1 Thessalonians
Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10

Memory Verse:

And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it,
—1 Thessalonians 1:7–8a

Step 1

Materials Needed:

  • None

In October, a young dad posted a video of himself and his toddler son dancing to celebrate that the boy was 11 months cancer-free. The son has Down syndrome and was later diagnosed with leukemia, but none of that stopped him and his dad from cavorting for the camera. The video had 13,000 views and counting. The dad is a motivational speaker, and he said of the video that if he and his son can beat cancer, others can do great things, as well. Perhaps the most inspiring part is seeing this dad so obviously loving and inspiring this very special little boy.

The Christians in Thessalonica were likewise inspirational to Paul and to churches throughout the Roman Empire. The Gospel came to them with power, and they immediately became imitators of Paul and his companions. Despite suffering, their faith flourished, and this devotion set an example for every other church Paul interacted with.


  • What’s the most motivating story you’ve ever heard?
  • Who has been a role model or example to you personally?
  • How do you think churches reacted when Paul told them about the example of the Thessalonian church?

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2, 3 & 4 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

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