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I. Salutation, 1:1
1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians [which is] in God the Father and [in] the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1A. "Grace and peace" was the custom of the day.
What is the custom today? ___________
1B. In the Bible there are customs (which DO change) and commands (which DO NOT change). Discuss each of the following and determine if it is - - Custom or Command
_______ ________ A. Women preaching
_______ ________ B. Holy kiss
_______ ________ C. Foot washing
_______ ________ D. Wearing a veil to worship
_______ ________ E. Men with long hair
_______ ________ F. Worship on Sunday
1C. When is a custom binding on Christians? ______________
1D. Does the origin of the custom make a difference in our observance of it? ___
1E. What is the difference in custom and tradition? ____________
II. Review of the history of the Thessalonian church, 1:2-10
A. Their faithfulness, 1:2-3
2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father
2A. Paul was always expressing gratitude. This seems to be a weakness of ours.
A. Why do few seem to appreciate and express gratitude? ____________
B. Are we really ungrateful or do we just fail to express it? _____________
2B. List some ways to show gratitude.
2C. Paul mentioned people and places by name. He believed in specific prayers.
Discuss: How much information should be given in public prayers?
3A. They were known for their "work of faith."
How do "faith" and "works" function together? ______________________
3B. A "labor of love" tells us their motivation for their activity.
Is it possible that we do the work, but without the proper motivation? ___
Have you ever worked in a program that you resented? ______________
3C. Why is "patience" so hard for us to possess?
B. Their reception of the gospel exemplary, 1:4-7
4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. beloved...: or, beloved of God, your election.
5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
4A. Discuss the use of the word "brethren" and "brother" in the New Testament and in our usage today.
A. Do we use the word to describe a relationship or as a title? __________
B. What other words are used in the New Testament to describe Christians?
4B. Election is a biblical teaching.
A. Who "votes" in this election? ___
B. What is decided? ____________
5A. What is included in the term "gospel"? Check which of the following topics are included in preaching the gospel of Christ.
____ Death, burial and resurrection
____ Faith in God, Christ, the Bible
____ The church
____ Plan of salvation
5B. Does the Gospel have power today? _______
5C. How important is a proper example? _______
5D. How did you hear the gospel?
____ Door knocker
____ Personal invitation
6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.
6A. Who is your example to follow? __________
Should we follow the example of men? ______
How are we influenced by the example of others? ____
6B. Can you think of people you would NOT follow? _______________________
6C. Have you suffered physical harm or threat of harm because of you faith? ___
How would you react if threatened? ________
6D. WHAT IF: It became illegal to have public gatherings to worship God? _____
7A. Who is watching you? ___________________
7B. How far has the work and faith of this congregation traveled? _______________
7C. If every church member were a church member like me, what kind of church would this church be?
C. They had been active in sounding out the word, 1:8-10
8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.
9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
8A. What are some ways that we (individual Christians) can "sound forth" the word of the Lord?
8B. List some ways available to us (as a congregation) to "sound forth" the word of the Lord.
9A. What are others saying about this congregation__________
A. What is the general opinion among other congregations? ___________
B. What is the general view of the community? _____________________
9B. What did you have to leave (give up) to become a Christian? ____________
9C. How do we serve (be a slave to) God? _____
C. They had been active in sounding out the word, 1:8-10
10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, [even] Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
10A. How anxious are you for the Second Coming of Christ? ________________
10B. Will Jesus return to this earth at his second coming? __________________
10C. How would you respond to someone teaching:
A. Jesus will return to Jerusalem ___________
B. Jesus will establish a kingdom ___________
C. He will reign for 1,000 years ____________
D. There will be a rapture _________
10D. What are the signs of the second coming? ______________
10E. How will we know when he is coming? ______________
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Luscombe, Manly. "Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 1". Luscombe's Commentary on Selected Books of the NT. https://studylight.org/
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