I Thessalonians

Context

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Chapters

Outline

  • Introduction
    • 1:1 Greeting
    • 1:4 The Thess. Church's faith and suffering were well known
  • Paul's Mission to the Thessalonians
    • 2:1 Their visit was successful and from God
    • 2:9 Paul gave the lazy Thessalonians a good example
    • 2:13 They accepted Paul's teachings as from God
    • 3:1 Paul sends Timothy to see how they were growing
    • 3:6 Tim brings a good report
  • Instructions for a Godly life
    • 4:1 Repeating the instructions that were taught in person
      • 4:3 Avoid sexual immorality
      • 4:9 Love the Macedonian bretheren
      • 4:11 Avoid gossip and instead, go to work!
  • About those that have passed away…
    • 4:13 They will be resurrected
  • Day of the Lord
    • 5:1 Will come as a surprise to the world
    • 5:4 But will not catch believers unaware
  • Final Instructions
    • 5:12 Respect your elders
    • 5:14 Encourage others
    • 5:16 A spirit filled life
    • 5:25 Conclusion

Points of interest

  • 1:3 the idea of work produced by faith
  • 2:11-12 How a father should deal with his children
  • 2:13 Word of God is not the word of men.
  • 3:4 When Jesus comes? Did He come? Why not? Cp 4:14
  • 4:1 Paul gave previous instructions to the Thessalonians on how they were to live, and reiterates some of that here. V3 avoid immorality. V 9 increase in love. v. 11 mind your own business.
  • 4:3 Holiness is pretty narrowly defined as avoiding sexual sin.
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