Over the next few weeks, the journey through the Bible takes me to 1 Thessalonians. This is a letter written by Paul to encourage and complete his teaching on Christ’s return. It is written as a response from the news Paul receives back from Timothy who was sent to the new Christians in Thessalonica.
The Thessalonians had to overcome violent opposition but were steadfast in hope. Paul encouraged, comforted, and urged the new Christians in a courteous, gentle, and open way to live lives worthy of God so they could change the world for the better.
Through this letter, Paul sets out to encourage the Thessalonians to work together in spreading the Gospel message by example; living a life of self-discipline so they will encourage one another in brotherly love. Join me over the next few weeks as I step ahead using the questions below to inspire thoughts and ideas in how we can apply the lessons learned in this study.
1 Thessalonians 1
What are the evidences that God has worked in the lives of the Thessalonians? How do the Thessalonians and other people in the area hear about Jesus Christ? Does your testimony exemplify the power of the Gospel to change lives?
1 Thessalonians 2:1-16
How does Paul defend himself and his companions from the charges brought against them? How can Paul and the others preach with joy and perseverance in the face of this persecution (v. 4)? What characteristics do Paul and the others show as they work with these new Christians?
1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:12
For what reason is Timothy sent to visit the Thessalonian Christians? What ideas do you see in this chapter about how you can encourage other Christians that are far away from you? What requests does Paul make of God for the Thessalonians?
1 Thessalonians 4
What specific instructions does Paul give about God’s will? What ideas do you see in this chapter about how you can encourage other Christians? Who are two Christians you can begin to pray for in this way?
1 Thessalonians 5
How is Christ’s return unexpected? Imminent? How should we live in the meantime? What are Paul’s specific directions about responsibility to others and to God?
The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast