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I Thessalonians 3:1-10-Your Faith

This is a poor chapter break.  This could be a good time to remind everyone that the Bible was not written with chapter divisions. They were added later to helps us better find passages (It is easier to say Isaiah 43:2, then say Isaiah said.  I mean should we really be expected to know where Isaiah might have said something).  I say that because 3:1-10 continues the thought of the end of chapter 2, which is Paul’s concern for their spiritual well-being.

Specifically, Paul is worried about their faith (notice the repetition of your faith in this section).  Paul’s concern leads him to send Timothy (what trust Paul had in this young man). He wants to ensure that his missionary efforts were not in vain (compare 2:1 with 3:5, so far the work of Paul had not been in vain, but that could all change).

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1 Thessalonians 2:13-20–Paul’s Joy and Crown

After speaking of his ministry, Paul brings the discussion back to the church.   The new sections begins with “For this reason.”   “This” refers back to verse 12.   Paul thanks God that they “walk worthy.”

Specifically he remembers how they “received the word” (tying this section clearly with chapter 1).  They did not take Paul’s message as being from man, but from God (1 Thessalonians 2:13).  They knew the message was authoritative.  They allowed the word to work within them (check again 1:9,10).

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I Thessalonians 2:1-12 Paul’s Example

In the first chapter Paul encourages the Thessalonians.  They had received the word of God and the word had impacted their lives.  They were shining examples of the Christian life.  They worked, labored, and persevered.  They excelled in faith, hope, and love.

Beginning in chapter 2 the discussion is centered upon how Paul worked amongst them.  The purpose of this text is to provide the community of believers an example of Godly service.  It also serves as an encouraging reminder of the work of Paul.

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A Good Start–I Thessalonians 1

Prayers are important.  In Epistles, prayers help us see into the mind of the author.  This gives us insight into what he is writing.  Reading 1 Thessalonians opening prayer (1:2-5), the main point is:

We give thanks to God always for you.

Paul is pleased with this church.  He likes their faith progression.  In fact he lays out specifically what he likes about them. They work. They labor. They are steadfast.  And they do these activities in three fundamental areas: faith, hope, love.

There was no doubt that they had a genuine relationship with God (1:4).

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I Thessalonians–An Overview

The church is new.  It was established in turmoil.  The preacher was run out of town in three weeks.  The congregation is facing immense persecution. There are also troubling teachings concerning the resurrection.

This is the background to Paul’s first epistle to Thessalonica.  Obviously, Paul is anxious concerning their well-being. They had started off strong.   Every message Paul had received since confirmed their dedication.  However, the amount of persecution coupled with the lack of time to lay a strong foundation makes the Apostle weary.

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