References to: 1 Thessalonians

A Model for All Believers: A Study of 1 Thessalonians 1

After a short ministry in Thessalonica, Paul was forced to leave (Acts 17:1-10). Probably less than a year later, Paul heard that the believers there were being persecuted. Paul wrote to reassure them that their faith and sufferings were not in vain. This is one of his earliest letters.

Salutation (verse 1)

Verse 1 presents the authors and the audience: “Paul, Silas and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you.”

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Michael Morrison
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Will You Respond Like a Berean?

It was the Sabbath in Berea, although for most of the inhabitants, it was just another day — an ordinary day in a rather ordinary town. Berea had no pretensions about being among the great cities of Greece. There was less of the frantic hustle and bustle of the major cities such as Athens, always buzzing with new ideas, or Corinth with its cosmopolitan population and liberal life style.

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What About "the Rapture"?

The “rapture” is a belief among some Christians about what happens to believers before Jesus’ return in glory. They use the phrase “the rapture of the church” to refer to their belief that Christians will be “caught up” to be with Christ sometime before his glorious return. The rapture event is said to protect the church from a period of great tribulation. Those who believe in a rapture rely mainly on one passage of Scripture, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17:

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Paul Kroll
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Don’t Be Surprised: A Study of 1 Thessalonians 5

In almost every one of his letters, Paul refers to the return of Christ. But he rarely gives any details. His letters to the believers in Thessalonica are exceptions. Apparently they had asked for more information on this topic.

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Preparing for the Lord’s Return: A Study of 1 Thessalonians 4

Paul has reminded the believers in Thessalonica of their faithfulness in midst of some trials. Now he reminds them of what he taught them about Christian life. Although the Thessalonians had been idolaters (1:9), Paul does not say anything about the need to avoid idolatry. He focuses on sexual purity, love, and work.

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Paul's Concern for the Thessalonians: A Study of 1 Thessalonians 3

Paul, Silas and Timothy had been chased out of Macedonia, but they did not abandon the infant churches they left behind. Indeed, they were worried because the new believers in Thessalonica were being persecuted. Paul did not know how they would cope.

Sending Timothy to help (3:1-5)

“So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens.” Paul’s stay in Athens is described by Luke in Acts 17 — Paul went there after he was forced to leave Berea. Silas and Timothy stayed in Berea for a time, but soon rejoined Paul (Acts 17:15).

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We Were Not a Burden: A Study of 1 Thessalonians 2

Paul began preaching the gospel in Macedonia somewhere around the year A.D. 50. After some success, he was forced to leave Philippi. He and his group journeyed west 100 miles to Thessalonica. After a short ministry there, they were again forced to leave (Acts 17:1-10). Probably less than a year later, Paul heard that the believers in Thessalonica were being persecuted. Paul wrote a letter to reassure the believers that their faith and sufferings were not in vain. As he writes to encourage them, he reviews his ministry and relationship with that church.

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