Pre-Summit Bible Study
Week 1: Giving Thanks
Read Philippians 1:1-6
“From Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus. To all those in Philippi who are God’s people in Christ Jesus, along with your supervisors and servants. May the grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayer. I am thankful for you every time I pray, and it’s always a prayer full of joy. I’m glad because of the way you have been my partners in the ministry of the gospel from the time you first believed until now. I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus.”
Paul and Timothy start this letter with gratitude for God’s people (the church). They’re thankful for people working with them to share the gospel and encourage them in their work.
1. Think about those in your church for whom you are thankful. Which people come to mind immediately? What stirs up gratitude in you as you think of these people?
2. Paul is Timothy’s mentor in the faith. Have you been fortunate to have an adult mentor you in your faith? If not, do you desire to have an adult mentor whose faith is more mature than yours?
3. What qualities would you deem necessary in a person to be a good mentor to help you grow in your Christian faith? What qualities would a mentor look for in you if they decided to invest time helping you grow in your faith?
Giving God, thank you for providing others to lead and teach us the faith. Today, I give thanks for __________________ (name those whose lives have helped you grow in the faith). Help me to open my eyes to see others around me whom I might encourage in the faith. Thank you for your faithfulness in giving us one another as we seek to know you more. Amen.
Ask an adult in your life to share one hour with you. Before you meet, tell them you want to talk about their life with Jesus. Write down some questions to ask about how their faith influences their life and how others helped them grow in their faith. Send the questions to the adult a couple of days before you meet so they have time to think about their answers. If you are unable to meet with the adult in person, start an email conversation (yeah, they’re adults they use email). Get to know another adult and see how their faith might encourage you to grow. If you need help finding an adult, email me, and I’ll put you in touch with one of our covenant pastors for the Summit.