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Paul's First Letter to the Thessalonians Introduction to Paul's Letters
Undisputed Letters: (Authentic Pauline Epistles) 1 Thessalonians Galatians 1 & 2 Corinthians Philippians Philemon Romans Introduction to Paul's Letters
Disputed Letters: (DeuteroPauline Epistles) Ephesians Colossians 2 Thessalonians 1 & 2 Timothy Titus Paul's Missionary Journeys: What? Trip #2 (Acts 15:36 18:22) Where? Syria, Cilicia, Galatia, Phrygia, Asia, Macedonia, Achaia When? 49 52 CE Paul's Ministry: An Overview Thessalonian Harbor The Egnatian Way (Via Egnatia) Worship of Traditional Deities Emperor Worship Judaism & Synagogue Worship Christianity 1 Thessalonians Paul recounts his preaching and their response 1 Thessalonians 1:410: 4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 1 Thessalonians 1 Thessalonians 1:410: 8 The Lord's message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia--your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead--Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath. 1 Thessalonians 1 Thessalonians Paul recounts his preaching and their response Paul commends them for their faith 1 Thessalonians 3:610: 6 But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you. 7 Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. 8 For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. 9 How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we 1 Thessalonians 1 Thessalonians 3:610: have in the presence of our God because of you? 10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith. 1 Thessalonians 1 Thessalonians Paul recounts his preaching and their response Paul commends them for their "gift" Paul defends his apostleship 1 Thessalonians Paul recounts his preaching and their response Paul commends them for their "gift" Paul defends his apostleship Paul points to the superiority of "Christian" morality over pagan morality 1 Thessalonians 4:18: 1 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 3 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the 1 Thessalonians 1 Thessalonians 4:18: do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8 Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 1 Thessalonians 4:1112: 11 Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. 1 Thessalonians 1 Thessalonians Paul recounts his preaching and their response Paul commends them for their "gift" Paul defends his apostleship Paul points to the superiority of "Christian" morality over pagan morality Paul corrects their misunderstanding of the Parousia (second coming of Jesus) 1 Thessalonians 4:1318: 13 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come 1 Thessalonians 1 Thessalonians 4:1318: down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words. 1 Thessalonians ...
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