1 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

This will be our last Sunday in 1 Thessalonians. I suppose the whole book could be summed up in the phrase found in chapter 2 verse 12: “live lives worthy of God.”  The balance of Paul’s letter is about doing just that.  Turn from idols to serve the living and true God; become a fellowship from which the Gospel rings out; stand firm in the Lord; be self-controlled; be holy; lead a quiet life; work ...[Read More]

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

FOMO or the fear of missing out is not something new. It’s been around for thousands of years. In fact, it was one of the issues Paul addresses here in Thessalonians. For many in the early church there were two false teachings that were playing on the fears and insecurities of the new believers. The first was that Paul had sent around a letter saying that the day of the Lord had already come and a ...[Read More]

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

Now, Paul turns to what we would call the rules for living.  Everyone has them whether they are spoken or not. Sometimes they are good – like the Boy Scout oath but they can be harmful rules as well – like the former professional wrestler, Maurice the Magnificent who said, “My father gave me one rule for living. Win if you can. Lose if you must, But always cheat.” While some, like Paul ...[Read More]

From Thessalonica to Athens

From Thessalonica Paul traveled to Athens and then on to Corinth.  From Corinth, Paul is writing to the church. He mentions Athens but says no more about it. However, we know from reading in Acts that he meets with a group of men there that likely has made him even more grateful and concerned about the new believers in Thessalonica.   Some of you probably remember the movie “Sunset Boulevard” with ...[Read More]

1 Thessalonians 2:13-20

I want to focus this morning on verses 17-20 of Chapter 2.   But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way. For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will ...[Read More]

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Paul and Silas spent only three weeks in Thessalonica but he later wrote them at least these two letters. They must have been quite a group of people. The pattern is familiar. Look at Acts 17 for the context. Paul enters a city and heads for the local synagogue to present the Gospel to the Jews. Some Jews believe as do a large number of Greeks – including prominent women. But the Jews who ha ...[Read More]

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

Last week we looked at the four phrases Paul used to describe the believers in Thessalonica:  Work produced by faith that believes there is a larger purpose to our work. Work produced by faith produces a different kind of work. It is work that is motivated by more than ambition or necessity.  Labor prompted by love is work that binds people together. It is work that builds great teams because it v ...[Read More]