Worthy Waiting: Living in light of Christ’s return (1 Thessalonians)

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)

You’re welcome to join us every Sunday as we reflect on how the truths in this ancient letter can transform our lives today.

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.