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Teaching Plan 

May-Aug 2022

Is it possible for the Christian faith to survive and thrive in a world that’s indifferent at best and hostile at worst? What does such a faith look like – at home, at work, and in other places where Christ’s people find themselves? And what kind of church does it take to sustain that vision?  
In this series we will be getting Godly wisdom from Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians as he helps us with questions like these. It’s likely the first letter Paul wrote to a church, and so it provides one of the earliest windows we have on the early Christian movement. 1 Thessalonians gives us a vision for the church, in the call to live distinctively in everyday life; and a reaffirmation of our faith, in the foundational truths of the gospel of Christ crucified, risen, and coming again. 
We will be interweaving our practical study of 1 Thessalonians with a look at some practical spiritual disciplines from Brian Heasley’s book Be Still which can also help our faith thrive in today’s rapidly-changing world. 

Related individual / small group study material: 'Be Still' 24-7 podcast series

Sunday Subject / Bible refs Speaker
01 May Preceding week's passage: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Reflection: 1 Thessalonians 1:8-9 
Sunday talk: Christian Mission: Passing it On 
Andy Read
08 May Preceding week's reading: 'Be Still' Chapter 1 (pp7-17)
Reflection: 1 Thessalonians 1:4-6
Sunday talk: Be Still - Encounter
Keith Grafham
15 May Preceding week's passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-16
Reflection: 1 Thessalonians 2:3-4 
Sunday talk: Christian Imitation: Pleasing to God
Nigel Stock
22 May Preceding week's reading: 'Be Still' Chapter 3 (pp31-39)
Reflection: 1 Thessalonians 2:13
Sunday talk: Be Still - Scripture
Andy Read
29 May Preceding week's passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13
Reflection: 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
Sunday talk: Christian Friendship: Longing to Share 
Paul Wratten
05 Jun (Family meeting) Keith Grafham
19 Jun Preceding week's passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Reflection: 1 Thessalonians 4:7-10
Sunday talk: Christian Holiness: Living it Out
Colin Barnes
26 Jun Preceding week's reading: 'Be Still' Chapter 8 (pp76-86)
Reflection: 1 Thessalonians 4:1
Be Still - Persevering
Jonny Ruffell
03 Jul (Family meeting) Jill Stonehill
10 Jul Preceding week's reading: 'Be Still' Chapter 7 (pp66-75)
Reflection: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2
Sunday talk: Be Still - Wonder
Nigel Rivers
17 Jul Preceding week's passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11
Reflection: 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
Sunday talk: Christian Hope: Waiting with Confidence
Nigel Stock
24 Jul Preceding week's reading: 'Be Still' Chapter 13 (pp122-131)
Reflection: 1 Thessalonians 5:14-17 
Sunday talk: Be Still - Depth
Paul Wratten
31 Jul Preceding week's passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
Reflection: 1 Thessalonians 5:18-24
Sunday talk: Christian Community: Walking with Others
Alistair Bullen
07 Aug (Family meeting) TBA
14 Aug Preceding week's reading: 'Be Still' Chapter 10 (pp97-99) 
Reflection: 1 Thessalonians 5:4-8 
Sunday talk: Be Still - Hidden Life