Book of first thessalonians overview insight for living ministries. Paul is the author of the book of 1st thessalonians as he begins paul, silvanus, and timothy, to the church of the thessalonians in god the father and the lord jesus christ 1. Check out this summary and commentary and the book of i thessalonians. I used this book as a source for a bible presentation and it gave very detailed descriptions and helped broaden my understand of 1 and 2 thessalonians and of god.
In the church of thessalonica there were some misunderstandings about the return of christ. First thessalonians is the eighth of pauls letters. Watch our overview video on 1 thessalonians, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. The persons from whom this epistle came, or by whom it was written. We learn from the book of acts that during pauls stay in the city of thessalonica, he preached in a jewish. Lake engages the literary and critical questions introductory to these letters, concerning their integrity, destination, and history. What follows is an an organized and curated list of content. Enduring word bible commentary 1 thessalonians chapter 2. Paul reminds the thessalonians of christs returna tricky passage to interpretbut also reminds them to simply follow christs example while they await his coming. Two thousand years have passed since paul penned 1 2 thessalonians.
Click here for an exhaustive list of content on 1 thessalonians. The books of thessalonians new series framingtheworld. It is unusual in that it was written only a short time after the apostle. Read 1 thessalonians 1 commentary using matthew henry commentary on the whole bible complete.
Macedonia was the former kingdom of alexander the great he wanted one world domination and enlightenment with the culture of greece. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless. Living in the last days 1 thessalonians sermon series. Learn what the bible teaches in the book of 1 thessalonians. Headings throughout the following book of 1 thessalonians. Early sources in church history that attribute this letter to paul include. This whole book is beautifully written and easy to understand. The questions contain minimal human commentary, but instead. Interesting facts about 1 thessalonians bible charts. Best commentaries and books on 1 thessalonians logos. However, timothy soon returned with a good report, prompting paul to pen 1 thessalonians as a letter of encouragement to the new believers. The faith, love, and patience of the thessalonians, are evident tokens of their election which was manifested in the power with which the gospel came to them. We learn from the book of acts that during pauls stay in the city of thessalonica, he preached in a jewish synagogue on three successive sabbath days. For we know, brothers and sisters 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.
Constables notes on 1 thessalonians 2020 edition could have been his first inspired epistle. Historical allusions in the book fit pauls life as recounted in acts and in his own letters 2. Home bible studies thessalonians 1 thessalonians 1 these small group studies of thessalonians contain outlines, crossreferences, bible study discussion questions, and applications. Articles the historical context of pauls epistles to the thessalonians is found in acts 17. Thessalonica was a roman colony and very important in the life of the roman empire. Visit our library of inductive bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the bible you can use in your small group. This summary of the book of 1 thessalonians provides information about the title, authors, date of writing, chronology, theme, theology, outline, a brief overview, and the chapters of the book of 1 thessalonians. The first epistle to the thessalonians, commonly referred to as first thessalonians or 1. It was founded by cassander, king of macedon 315 b. Paul fills in the background details surrounding pauls letters to the thessalonians, corinthians, galatians, and romans. Pauls ministry in thessalonica 1 12 thessalonians accepted gods word 16 paul longs to see the thessalonians 1720 3.
Since the thessalonian church was small and had to endure some pressure from both secular authorities and their cousins in the jewish synagogue, they may have felt as though their new faith in jesus. The roman empire, and the ancient city of thessalonica, have been reduced to rubble. Paul writes to the church in thessalonians a church he founded, telling them he thanks god for them and prays for them, remembering how their work is produced by faith, their labor prompted by love, and their endurance inspired by hope in jesus. In his long absence we are called to stand in his place, taking care of his interests, spreading his word, and inviting others to. The first letter 1 thessalonians was written to a community of believers who had been christians for only a short period of time, probably no more than a few months. Silas and timothy arrived from macedonia and were with paul in corinth acts 18. Pauls anxious wait in athens 1 5 timothys comforting report 610 prayer for the thessalonians 11 4. The book of 1 thessalonians was written in approximately a. Paul wanted to check on the state of the thessalonians faith, for fear that false teachers might have infiltrated their number. What is the purpose of the book of 1st thessalonians. Hes writing to a group of christians in thessalonica, and hes just pleased as punch because hes heard a report that they are kicking butt when it comes to having faith. The second advent will also be with the clouds of heaven 1 thessalonians 4. Support for this comes from timelines given in the book acts which have been coupled with accounts of roman and jewish history. Thessalonica was a major city of greece, a hub of culture and commerce.
In the course of the discussion, he celebrates makes honourable mention of the grace of god towards the thessalonians, 1 thessalonians 1. The first epistle to the thessalonians is believed to be the earliest of the apostle pauls existing epistles and may be the oldest book in. The first epistle was penned at corinth by the apostle paul in response to timothys report on the progress of the church they had recently established there 3. Paul had preached at thessalonica in acts 17 but because of persecution left them suddenly and prematurely.
Paul wrote 1 thessalonians and sent it to the church. The book of 1 thessalonians calls believers to live in the gospel and fulfill their calling in the joy of the holy spirit. They are included in the body of the text so the reader can see them as he reads the book without having to page over to a separate outline. The first epistle of thessalonians 1 thessalonians from the holy bible new international version niv book 52 please note we have increased the volume and the pitch of. David guzik commentary on 1 thessalonians 1 describes how the gospel caused changes in the tessalonian christians, which caused them to become. Mckee surveys the epistle of 1 thessalonians from a messianic perspective. Book of 1 thessalonians outline summary online bible nwt. The apostle paul identified himself twice as the author of this letter 1. In august of 2001 he was diagnosed with lung cancer and on august 29th, 2002 he went home to be with the lord.
The headings and subheadings make up an outline of the book. An overview of the main events and biblical characters found in 1 thessalonians in the bible. But there is much more to these letters than just end times prophecy. The first book of thessalonians niv audio holy bible.
This was the beginning of spreading the gospel from the continent of asia to the continent of europe. Bible study questions on the book of 1 thessalonians. The apostle paul, joined in his salutation by silvanus and timothy, and with specific mention of his name again later in the epistle. First thessalonians it is generally supposed that pauls first epistle to the thessalonians is the first book of the new testament that was ever written.
Nine of these book are letters to local churches like the one in thessalonica. Commentary on the book of 1 thessalonians chapter 1 1paul and silvanus and timothy, to the church of the thessalonians in god the father and the lord jesus christ. Use highlighting, underlining, and take notes while you study the bible. Such sins were common in the city in which they lived.
Although 1 thessalonians is remembered as the rapture book in popular teaching, the main theme of the book is encourage one another. Interesting facts about 1 thessalonians barnes bible charts author. In pauls day, the region in which thessalonica was located was known as macedonia. Paul, along with silas and timothy, founded the church at thessalonica on his second missionary journey acts 17. His aim for this letter was to strengthen the christian church in thessalonica by. It is probably one of his earliestknown letters, and one of the oldest books in the new testament. The letters called epistles from paul to thessalonica, which included i thessalonians and ii thessalonians were probably two of the earliest letters paul had written which was around a. The first epistle to the thessalonians, or 1 thessalonians, is a pauline epistle written by the apostle paul, probably between 5254 a. Also a cd of the complete book of revelation consisting of 22 pdf files scanned.
We hope this outline of 1 thessalonians will assist you as you study gods holy word. Read and study 1 thessalonians, including book summary, with the versebyverse bible commentary. Thessalonica was and still is an important seaport about 185 miles 300 km north of athens. This summary of the book of 1 thessalonians provides information about the title, authors, date of writing, chronology, theme, theology, outline, a brief overview. For this reason, when i could stand it no longer, i sent to find out about your faith. Going to thessalonica transferred the ministry of the gospel to western civilization. You can find the best commentary on 12 thessalonians for you using the tools on the right side. Thessalonica was, during the time of paul, one of the two most important commercial centers in greece corinth was the other. Paul had visited this city during his second missionary journey acts 17. And there is the expression of the patience, waiting in hope for his son from heaven. It was the first he wrote to european christians, and in it the fundamental things of the christian life are very clearly set forth. Summary of 1 thessalonians 4 paul reminds his audience of the teachings they were given, saying, you learned from us how you ought to live and to please god as, in fact, you are doing 1 thessalonians 4. Though paul was the single inspired author, most of the first person plural pronouns we, us, our, refer to all 3.
Greetings 1 thanks for the thessalonians faith 210 2. This is the holy book of 1 thessalonians, known as the first epistle of paul the apostle to the thessalonians. Study the bible online using commentary on 1 thessalonians 1 and more. In an age of itinerant peddlers of new religions, paul found it necessary to emphasize not only the content of his gospel but also his manner of presenting it, for. The thessalonian epistles are probably best known for what they reveal about the last days. This epistle of paul is the 52nd book of the bible.
Its powerful and exemplary effects upon their hearts and lives. Paul addressed the thessalonians but his instructions apply to all christians in the body of christ throughout the ages. Paul, author of 1 thessalonians and at least 12 other new testament books. Both lists of canonical books of the nt circulated in rome. Bible study questions on the book of 1 thessalonians introduction. Jan 09, 2012 posts about summary of 1 thessalonians 1 written by atozmom. Enduring word bible commentary 1 thessalonians chapter 1. It was located 100 miles west of philippi and about 200 miles north of athens. Intro to 1 thessalonians biblica the international bible society.
Now interestingly enough, those three things also form a little outline, built right into the text, to guide you in understanding the first three chapters. Paul was the inspired apostle and writer of this epistle, though he makes no mention of his apostleship, which was not doubted of by the thessalonians, nor opposed by any false apostle among them. Book of first thessalonians overview insight for living. To assure the thessalonians of pauls love and to instruct them on the importance of living for christ and properly understanding the ramifications of his return.1047 453 570 662 17 1439 1355 728 853 908 994 627 51 84 1531 1577 1113 613 979 842 827 82 1190 1566 349 978 1226 1077 533 669 1058 121 270 83 589 1340 694 63 1145 599 568 983 1386 1391 776 4 1305