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1 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians

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Church planters encourage growing disciples to endure persecutionand walk worthy of their calling in anticipation of the Lord’s return.
Paul Apple (revised April 2004)
For each section:- Thesis statement to focus on the big idea- Analytical outline to guide the understanding- Devotional questions to encourage life application- Representative quotations to stimulate deeper insight
1 Thessalonians 3:13
so that He may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.
This data file is the sole property of the author Paul Apple. However, permission is granted forothers to use and distribute these materials for the edification of others under two simpleconditions:1) The contents must be faithfully represented including credit to the authorwhere appropriate.2) The material must be distributed freely without any financial remuneration.This data file may not be copied for resale or incorporated in any commercial publications,recordings, broadcasts, performances, displays or other products offered for sale, without thewritten permission of Paul Apple. Requests for permission should be made in writing andaddressed to:Paul Apple, 304 N. Beechwood Ave., Baltimore MD 21228.
ABOUT THE AUTHORPaul majored in English at Princeton University and graduated with a Master of Divinitydegree from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN in 1979. He lives in theBaltimore area with his wife and four children and is currently the Marketing Managerfor the local Caterpillar distributor. His family is actively involved in local Christianhomeschooling and sports ministries along with local church responsibilities at OpenDoor Bible Church.
BACKGROUND NOTESMalick : THE MISSIONARY TEAM OF PAUL, SILVANUS, AND TIMOTHY URGETHE THESSALONIANS ON THE BASIS OF THEIR FORMER WALK OF FAITH,AND GOD'S FAITHFULNESS TO THEM TO ENDURE PERSECUTION WITH AVITAL LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER AND FOR GODI. Introduction: Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy open their letterto the Thessalonians affirming their position in God, andpraying for God's grace and peace in their lives 1:1II. The Past Work of Faith*Encouragement in their Faith: Paulreminds the Thessalonians of their walk of faith with Godand his ministry with them in order to defend the Gospel hetaught them and in order to encourage them to perseveredespite persecution 1:2--3:13III. The Present*Exhortations to Live Their Faith: The missionaryteam exhorts the Thessalonians to exceed in theirsanctification, have a patient hope for the future, remainspiritually alert, honor their leaders, and to keep a vitalwalk with God knowing that God will enable them 4:1--5:24IV. Conclusion: The missionary team, and especially Paul, closetheir letter by requesting prayer, urging personalexpressions of unity, exhorting the Thessalonians to readthis letter to all the brethren, and praying that they wouldexperience God's grace 5:25-28Stedman: The first letter of Paul to the Thessalonians is also the first letter the apostlewrote. It was written to a struggling, yet vigorous church that was only a few monthsold, made up of Christians who had just come to Christ under Paul's ministry. This is adelightfully revealing letter, showing the heart of the apostle toward these newChristians, and also showing the struggles that were present in the early church.We sometimes get very distorted conceptions of these early Christians; there's atendency to regard them as always triumphant, always waging the battle with vigor, andalways winning great victories in Christ's name. But they also had very severeproblems, some of which are reflected in this letter. It was written about 50 A.D., andmay well be the first part of our New Testament to be written. Most scholars feel thatthe gospels were written about this same time or shortly afterward, though some holdthat the gospel of Matthew, and perhaps of Mark, appeared about 43 or 45 A.D. Atany rate, this letter is at least one of the earliest Christian writings.The account of Paul's founding of this church is recorded in the seventeenth chapter of Acts. After he and Silas were thrown into prison in Philippi because of their preachingof the Gospel, an earthquake shook down the prison doors and freed the prisoners. Paulwas then freed by the Roman magistrates, and he left Philippi and went to Thessalonica.Many of the places where Paul preached have crumbled into ruin, but Thessalonica is

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