Monday, May 22, 2017

The Apostle by Chapter: 1 Thessalonians Chapter 1

By Sam Nobles

The Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians is one of earliest written epistles. It was penned around twenty years after Jesus’ Resurrection (A.D. 52) and was addressed to the believers in Thessalonica, a mega-city of about two hundred thousand people.[1] Subsequent to a miraculous liberation from a Philippian prison (Acts 16), Paul arrived in Thessalonica are started a church, appointed elders, and helped the ministry become grounded in Christ—all in the space of three weeks (Acts 17:2).

As Paul begins his letter, he describes the believers in Thessalonica, and gives the suggestion that they characterize a model congregation. Just for fun, ask yourself these three questions:

·      Do my actions make others thankful? (v.1-4)
Paul was thankful for the Thessalonians, especially how certain qualities they had revealed themselves in their work and patience. Other people should be able to get some indication from our actions what we believe in. I know I’m always thankful for the small things people do without even thinking about it that show their faith, like saying the blessing in a public restaurant, carrying a Bible, or openly sharing the good things God has done.

·      Can God’s power be seen in my life? (v.5-7)
When a Christian receives the Word of God by faith and allows the Spirit of God to minister to their heart, the result is purpose, calling, and blessing and a renewed strength in the Lord. As Pastor Van always says, “Your strength is in direct proportion to your faith, and your faith is in direct proportion of your knowledge of God.”

·      Do I make it easy for others to talk about Jesus? (8-10)
Sadly, some believers are such poor examples of Christians that their lives give unbelievers an excuse for rejecting Christ. The Thessalonian Christians made it easy for Paul to preach the gospel. Their testimony had gone before him and met him wherever he went.

Scripture to Claim:
For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything.” (1 Thessalonians 1:8)

[1] 1 & 2 Thessalonians: The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, accessed May 16, 2017,

[2] Be Ready (1 & 2 Thessalonians), accessed May 16, 2017,

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