Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians
This term on Sundays and in our Home Groups we will be hearing from God’s word in 1 Thessalonians.
1 Thessalonians is a wonderful book of the New Testament, full of both encouragement and challenge as we live lives of ‘worthy waiting’ for his return!
The most prominent theme in 1 Thessalonians is the second coming of Jesus. It is mentioned in every chapter of the book (1 Thess. 1:10; 2:19–20; 3:13; 4:13–18; 5:1–11, 23–24). At Jesus’ future coming, the dead in Christ will rise and will be caught up along with the living to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thess. 4:15–17). Unbelievers will be subject to his wrath, but Christians will be delivered from this, inheriting salvation instead (1 Thess. 1:10; 5:2–4, 9–10). Those who are destined to participate as saints (lit., “holy ones”) in the second coming must be holy and blameless (1 Thess. 3:11–4:8; 5:23), and God, who is faithful, will produce holiness in the lives of those whom he calls (1 Thess. 5:24). (1)
1 This paragraph is taken from the ESV® Study Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright ©2008 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.