1 Thessalonians 1

Author

Joel King

Scripture

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Observation

· This letter is from Paul, Silas, and Timothy
· It is written to the Christian gathering (aka Church) in the city of Thessalonica
· It is written in the name of God the Father and the Lord Jesus who is the Christ
· He first wishes them grace and peace
· Paul and his companions regularly pray for this church
· They commend the Thessalonians for their
    o Work – which is a product of their faith
    o Labor – which is a product of their love
    o Endurance – which is a product of their hope in Jesus
· They believe that God has shown His love to the Thessalonians because he chose them.
· They believe this because
    o The message wasn’t only preached but confirmed with power
    o The Holy Spirit also came upon them
    o And they responded with a deep conviction
· Paul reminds them of how he and his companions lived when they were in Thessalonica.
· And that they imitated Paul and his companions by being willing to suffer because they believed and accepted the message of Jesus they were taught
· The Thessalonians have been a great example not just for the city but all the believers in the region
· In fact, the believers outside of Thessalonica are bragging about how the Christians in Thessalonica have given up their idols and are serving the one True and living God
· They are examples of those who are diligently waiting for Jesus who is the center of the good news
· The good news is that God raised Jesus from the dead, and when judgement comes God’s wrath will not be poured out on those who put their faith in Jesus because he suffered God’s wrath for them.

Application

· My faith in Jesus and in eternity should result in working towards the heavenly kingdom I believe will come
· I should labor faithfully and hard because of a growing love I have for God and others
· When life gets tough I need to fixate on the eternity that lies before me so that the energy of hope might help me endure.
· Wouldn’t it be great if those outside of Trinity Church spoke of how devoted we were to Jesus as evidenced by our commitment to eternal things in the face of life’s struggles.

Prayer

Father God,

I want to continue to learn to be faithful. I want to be a man of faith, hope, and love. Would you continue to grow in me the character and will of Jesus? Would you form in me and the whole of Trinity Church a growing single mindedness for You and Your kingdom? May we more and more make decisions and center our lives on eternity to come rather than the fading world around us. May we be a blessing to you, and a shining example of hope to the world around us. Not by our strength nor by our goodness, but by Your grace and power. And for Your Glory!

In Jesus Name I Pray, AMEN

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Rob Schulze wrote:
v. 5b-7 - You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.

1st generation - "how we (Paul, Silas and Timothy) lived among you"
2nd generation - "you became imitators of us"
3rd generation - "you became a model to all believers"

As I did my observations through chapter 1, these verses stood out to me regarding evangelism-discipleship with some ways to apply them:

- my witness is more powerful with others than by myself. Jesus sent out the disciples 2x2 and here the Thessalonians were able to observe the way these church leaders interacted, loved one another, carried one anothers burdens, etc.
- they provided the Thessalonians a living example (in the flesh) to imitate
- the love the Thessalonians had for one another became a model to others... "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

Holy Father, send us out from Trinity as mini-churches and may our love for one another be a model for others to imitate to others as we invite people to join us in our journey of faith. Father, I'm expectant that you will provide us both clarity and conviction for how we're to do this. I pray specifically for our Gateway mini-camps this summer... please use the teaching teams and coaching teams to be a living example to both parents and kids. In Jesus name. Amen.

Mon, March 16, 2015 @ 9:07 AM

2. Joel King wrote:
Great Holy Spirit insights and prayer Rob!
May we continue to grow as followers of Jesus so that there are generations of faithful followers established. AMEN

Mon, March 16, 2015 @ 1:11 PM

3. Jan Ramirez wrote:
Thank you BOTH, for your observations, applications, and prayers! AMEN!!

Tue, March 17, 2015 @ 11:23 AM

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