Taking the Epistle

A biblical journey through the epistles

08 – Thessalonians (1st)

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Intro to 1st Thessalonians

Thank you for clicking on our page for the Pauline epistle which is called 1st Thessalonians, the letter is authored by the apostle Paul to the church at Thessalonica. Paul founded this church on his second missionary journey with Silas, Timothy and Luke. He was there a short time and left due to the increasing trouble in the area, but he left behind a young and vibrant church. Paul writes this letter due to some questions that have come up from this young church while Paul was based in Corinth. This is just one epistle and for other bible studies on other epistles please see our main epistle page.

In Acts 17 we see that Paul continued on his journey to Berea and then to Athens and Corinth and this letter is dated around 52AD. The book of Thessalonians is good because Paul reminds us that the return of Christ is imminent, Paul discusses the nature of the gospel and the methodology of ministry and also it’s teachings on the end times and rapture of the church.

The fact Paul had only been in the assembly a short time (3 Sabbaths) and the fact that Paul writes in such rich theology assures us of the depth of teaching that Paul must have started in his short time there that this church could be taught with such a rich theological document.

We can learn from this as today we sometimes view certain topics as “too meaty” or “too advanced” for baby Christians, whilst that maybe true in some cases there are some folks who will “get it” quicker than others and such generalization is not always helpful. Paul felt the same way as he included such comforting topics as the end times and rapture in his “baby Christian” class.

The Thessalonians were a good example to others who were younger in the faith and Paul encourages them lengthily before dealing with their theological questions about this fledging faith and encourages them to live with the correct motivation and actions in all that they do. For me it is a five chapter exhortation to the church as a whole.

The letter is broken down as follows:

I.Salutation and thanksgiving (1 Thes. 1:1–10)

II.Past interactions with the church (1 Thes. 2:1–20)

III.Regarding Timothy’s visit (1 Thes. 3:1–13)

IV.Specific issues within the church (1 Thes. 4:1–5:25)
1.Relationships among Christians (1 Thes. 4:1–12)
2.Mourning those who have died (1 Thes. 4:13–18)
3.Preparing for God’s arrival (1 Thes. 5:1–11)

V.How Christians should behave (1 Thes. 5:12–25)

VI.Closing salutation (1 Thes. 5:26–28)

Line by line studies

I.Salutation and thanksgiving (1 Thes. 1:1–10)

II.Past interactions with the church (1 Thes. 2:1–20)

III.Regarding Timothy’s visit (1 Thes. 3:1–13)

IV.Specific issues within the church (1 Thes. 4:1–5:25)

V.How Christians should behave (1 Thes. 5:12–25)

VI.Closing salutation (1 Thes. 5:26–28)

Topical studies
Would you eat before coming home for your dinner? – 1st Thessalonians 4:3-8 – July 23rd 2014

When the writers of the bible separated the books into chapters and verses to help indexing and finding verses, this book was split into 5 chapters, in many cases new chapters do not contain new thoughts and you will see bible studies cross over chapter lines.

God bless and I pray this was a blessing and please feel free to like, share or comment on here or whatever social media platforms you use as the Lord leads you to, as always I love questions about this or any other article so please feel free to fill in the form below, all comments are moderated to avoid profanity.
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