1:2 Paul didn’t thank the Thessalonians, but thanked God for them. Who do you thank God for in your life?
1:4-5 gospel came to the Thessalonians with words /and with power / and with the Holy Spirit, inspiring you with living faith in Christ, your faith triumphed over the waves of all objections, disputes, or hesitations of mind.
John 20:29b blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed
1:6-10 Thessalonians imitated Paul, Silas, Timothy and the Lord and in spite of suffering they welcomed the message (the gospel) with joy; became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia and beyond. Their faith in God became known everywhere. They turned from idols to serve God and waited for Jesus
2:3-5 Paul warns of charlatans wandering as ancient snake-oil salesmen They were not greedy snake-oil salesmen
2:7 The three of them were like a mother caring for her own children. What image does this create in your mind?
2:11 Now as a father – a loving father – with his own children
2:12 Such a father encourages, comforts, and urges them not just to live life as a good person but to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory
John 21:15-17 Excerpted
Jesus said “Feed my lambs.”
Jesus said, “[Take care of] or [Shepherd] or [Tend] my sheep.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”
- 1) The word of God primarily includes the gospel, the death-burial-resurrection of Christ and the need to accept Him by faith to have forgiveness of sin with God
- 2) they rejected the idea Paul’s preaching was just the word of men
- 3) the source of Paul’s message – the gospel – was God Himself
- 4) they personally experienced the word of God at work in their own lives … if they were believers.
2:14-16 They became imitators and suffered … suffered with joy …
1 Thessalonians 1:5-6
How bad was the persecution? Paul and Silas fled to Berea
Acts 17:10 where they had to flee again
17:13-14 The Thessalonians suffered at the hands of their countrymen. Who killed Jesus? Everyone and
John 10:18 When Paul talks about the “Jews” he is also talking about his old self … Paul’s old self and the Jews he is describing did not want the Gentiles to accept the message of Jesus as the Jewish Messiah.
WHY? Because as Christian missionaries they offered salvation to the Gentiles without first requiring they become Jews. Wrath of God – most of these believers would live to know about the fall of Israel in 20 years. Just as Jesus said in Matthew 24:1-2
2:17-20 Due to the uproar and persecution being stirred up, they didn’t leave as planned, but were torn away.
Thus the desire to return, especially with how they had received the word of God. Paul believed Satan prevented his return as Satan is always trying to hinder, delay, or disrupt the ministries of the Lord
Rhetorical question about what (really who) … hope-future, joy-gladness, crown of exultation-wreath to the winner of a race, but here much more. Glory and joy [great personal satisfaction] in the church triumphant from Thessalonica.
3:1-5 Paul’s aching and longing reaches a limit.
Gospel of Christ – His death, burial, and resurrection, always a return to the cross and what it means for those who believe. Strengthen and encourage by once again bringing the message of the cross. Paul sent Timothy because of his fears, the fears of a parent … like a mother caring for her own children, like a father, a loving father with his own children who encourages, comforts, and urges them not just to live life as a good person but to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory 2:12