Summary of passages: 1 Thessalonians 1: 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.
God has chosen them as evinced by the power of the Holy Spirit and their deep conviction. They welcomed the message with joy despite suffering. The Thessalonians then became a model for Macedonia and Achaia and everywhere. It is known how the Thessalonians turned from idols to the One, True God and how they wait for his Son to return from heaven–the one who was raised from the dead–and who will rescue all from the coming wrath.
Acts 17:1-10: Paul preached in the Jewish synagogue in Thessalonica, explaining and proving Christ had to suffer and was raised from the dead. Some of the Jews as well as Greeks were persuaded and joined Paul. The the Jews were jealous of Paul’s success so they rounded up a mob and rioted in the city. They searched for Paul and Silas but did not find them. Instead, they dragged Jason (whom Paul was staying with) and others before city officials, saying they have defied Caesar by declaring a new king called Jesus. The officials were not happy but they released Jason and the others on bond.
Thus, Paul and Silas had to flee to Berea, where they preached in the Jewish synagogue.
3) Chapter 1, Verse 10; Chapter 2:19, Chapter 3:13, Chapter 4:14-17, Chapter 5:2, 23
4) Lord Jesus Christ (verse 3) and faith in God (verse 8)
5) Personal Question. My answer: 1 Thessalonians 1:3 because it reminds me of what my goals should be: work produced by faith, labor prompted by love, and endurance inspired by hope in Lord Jesus Christ
Conclusions: Easy day of looking up verses. Good lesson on showing appreciation and lifting up people with words. Paul uses God’s truths to encourage and sustain: a lesson we all need to learn from. “Thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers”, “work produced by faith, labor prompted by love, endurance inspired by Jesus”, “He has chosen you”.
I think we can get so caught up in the hum-drum that we forget who we are working for: God. That we are doing God’s work no matter if it’s just a bank teller (a job I once held) or a grocery clerk. That even when we’re pumping gas we can be God’s servant.
We forget how powerful God’s words are and how a simple “I will pray for you” can lift a stranger’s or a relative’s spirits.
How saying “I thank God for you” could be life-giving words to an unbeliever, someone who’s depressed, or is lacking direction in life. I know there were times in my life where I was that desperate and those words could have impacted me dramatically.
Simple. Effective. Powerful. Life-changing.
I think if I heard more, “He has chosen you,” from others I’d get a lot more accomplished, wouldn’t you?
End Note: Once again, my favorite map, showing Thessalonica, Macedonia, and Achaia: