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1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 We Have Hope

This is NOT the end. It is only a transition space.

Paul addresses his readers’ confusion about death. He shares a wonderful hope that the world doesn’t have. He also lets them know that the dead will be given special honor at Jesus’ return.

This is a passage where we could sit and debate theology but I don’t want to. I’m going to throw out a couple of scenarios that I have heard proposed regarding our text and let you take from them what you will. I will also throw out a couple of questions to maybe make you think about the different possibilities. Read more »

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 Supplemental Instructions

Live the life He calls you to with peace

Paul shares with his readers some of the basics of Christian living. His focus is broad but confines itself to three areas, in our reading tonight.

The first broad focus from Paul deals with sexual sin. He doesn’t get down and list specific acts to avoid. Instead he warns them to “abstain from sexual immorality” (verse 3b). I’m assuming that they were very familiar with the litany of sexual behaviors that were present in their day. Paul identified the root of the issue as being the “passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God” (verse 5).

“Lust is a psychological force producing intense wanting for an object, or circumstance fulfilling the emotion. Lust can take any form such as the lust for sexuality, money or power. It can take such mundane forms as the lust for food as distinct from the need for food.”

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I Thessalonians 3:6-13 A Good Report

Timothy’s report brought joy with it.

Paul is very pleased to relate what a glowing report he received from Timothy. His fears have been put to rest and he is rejoicing instead.

It had not been a long time since Paul and company left Thessalonica but it still nerve wracking to Paul. They had such a short time there to plant this church. What kind of soil were they from Jesus’ parable? Were they rocky soil that sprang up quickly but also died in the heat of the day? Were they thorny soil that the cares of the day choked out the word? Or were they good soil that would yield an abundance of fruit? Paul could take the uncertainty no longer so he sent Timothy to check it out. Read more »

1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:5 Separated Yet Together

Service to Jesus has more than one reward.

Paul shares with this new body of believers how he longs to see them face to face again. They are separated in physical location but together in the body of Christ and in Paul’s thoughts.

Paul was snuck out of town after the Jews brought Jason before the city officials because they couldn’t find Paul. During their stay many God fearing Greeks believed along with some of the Jews. This was the beginnings of the church in Thessalonica. Read more »

1 Thessalonians 2:1-16 Example & Response

God gave us many; now it’s our turn

Paul is taking the Thessalonian readers on a short remembrance trip. He is reminding them of Paul and company’s behavior towards them and their reaction towards the gospel.

Paul and his group came on this second missionary journey with the purpose of spreading the gospel as far and wide as they could. They did not come to get rich or famous. They didn’t go because the gospel was the newest popular thing out there and wanted to ride its wave. They went out of conviction and commitment.

During their travels they did not impose on those they ministered to. They did not ask the new churches to support them. They worked their way across the journey. And they did it with integrity. Read more »