“The Marks of a Healthy, Growing Church”
This letter is full of reminders and encouragement to stand fast and keep progressing in the faith! It is not primarily a problem-solving letter seeking to change belief or behavior.
- The Setting of 1 Thessalonians.(Date of letter:Late AD 50/early AD 51)
- The city of Thessaloniki, Greece, was the largest and most important city in the Roman province of Macedonia (northern part of Greece). You could think of it a lot like Duluth.
- It was a port city on the Thermaic Gulf (branch of the Aegean Sea)
- It was built on a bluff. Mount Olympus was only about 60 miles away (This was regarded as the home of the Greek gods and the throne of Zeus).
- The population was about 80,000.
- It was located on the Egnatian Way, the major east-west highway of the Roman Empire as well as a main north-south highway. (Thessaloniki’s main street was part of that highway much like I-35 runs through Duluth).
- The Apostle Paul and his second missionary journey (Acts 16-17).
- 1:1-3 Praise for the Thessalonians present condition.
A work of faith—
A labor of love—
A patient hope—
In the sight of God the Father.
III. 1: 4-10 Reminding the Thessalonians of their past conversion and its results in their lives.
- a genuine conversion—received the gospel in power and the Holy Spirit (1:4-5)
- a genuine ____________________ of the Lord (1:6a)
- a joyful ____________________ in tribulation (1:6b)
- a_________________ that set an example for all believers (1:7)
- a ______________________ of the Word everywhere (1:8)
- a total __________________________ from idolatry (1:9)
- an expectant ______________ for the return of Christ (1:10)