Superstar athletes need their teammates less than their teammates need them. One superstar in the Bible, however, really relies on his teammates and teaches us to do the same.

Notes And Next Steps

1 Thessalonians 3:6-13 + Part 3 of the series “Better Together"

If Michael didn’t need his teammates as much as they needed him, then Paul didn’t need Christians as much as they needed him.

We also long to see you … Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again. (1 Thessalonians 3:6,10)

For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you. (1 Thessalonians 3:8,9)

Not needing other Christians, therefore, indicates a lack of spiritual faith and maturity.

I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him. (Philippians 3:8,9)

… like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. (Philippians 2:15,16)



    1. Read 1 Thessalonians 3:6,7 “pleasant memories of us” … “in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged.” Paul’s presence brought trouble and persecution to the Thessalonian Christians, and they brought some to him (Acts 17). Despite this, how do they feel about each other? Why?
    2. How can hardships strengthen your relationships rather than break them?
    3. Read 1 Thessalonians 3:12. In what way does it teach all three of our CrossLife values? Loving. Life-changing. Family.
    4. What about all those variants or contradictions?
    5. A quick tour of new LifeGroups:
      A. Health Group
      B. Men’s Book Club
      C. Afternoon Bible Study
      D. Online Game Night
      E. Evening Bible Study (Starting Point)
      F. Evening English Teaching and Bible Study
      G. Prayer Team—full
      H. Women’s Heart-to-Heart—full