Monday, January 16, 2012

1 Thesalonians 1 - 5; Lesson 15

John's study this week:

(In your own words, summarize passages into sentences. Goal of 12 – 15 sentences)

1 Thessalonians  1

1. v1 - 5 Paul gives thanks for all friends in the faith and for the work and labor produced by love knowing that God has chosen the followers who because of the Gospel and power of the HS live
2. v6 – 8a The followers there have become imitators of Christ because they welcomed the Gospel into their midst and become a model church to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia becoming known throughout the region.
3. v8b – 10 You need say nothing about your work as it speaks for itself as you have turned from idols to serving God living son, Jesus, who was raised from the dead and who will rescue us from the coming wrath.


1 Thessalonians 2

4. v1 – 7 Our visit is no mistake, but work approved by God, work done to please God and not man, to present the Gospel as a witness to all who will receive the message.
5. v8 – 11 Paul states that through the tough times of his ministry he has been burdened to share the Gospel, and that the readers of the letter are witnesses of Paul’s team’s faithfulness as a father lovingly works with his children.
6. v12 – Paul encourages and exhorts believers to live lives worthy of God, who calls us into his kingdom.
7. v13 – 16 Paul thanks God for the work begun in the believers for they have begun a walk of faith suffering  just as the Jews have who believe from non-believers who try to keep the Gospel message from being spoken. They will have the wrath of God upon them.
8. v17 – 20 Paul has felt orphaned from his believing friends and although Satan had blocked their way, but finds hope in the glory to come from Christ’s return one day.

1 Thessalonians 3

9. v1 – 5 While in Athens Paul sent Timothy to continue the work and encourage the faithful so as to be strengthened through the trials and persecution.
10. v6 – 10 Paul received the good news regarding your growing faith and have been encouraged by your example, thanking God, praying constantly to see his friends again in order to strengthen their walk.
11. v11 – 13 Paul prays that the Lord increases your faith, strengthens your hearts so that they will be found blameless and holy upon Christ’s return.


1 Thessalonians 4

12. v1 – 12 Keep living righteously in order to please God for you know that by the authority of Christ it is God’s will that you should be sanctified and live holy and pleasing to God, for God will punish those who reject His instructions so love one another and through your daily life will win the respect of others.
13. v13 – 18 According to God’s word, both the dead in Christ and those living will meet Christ when He returns and we will be with the Lord forever, so be encouraged.

1 Thessalonians 5

14. v1 – 8 We do not know when the Lord will return, but when he does there will be destruction in the land, so be prepared as we are children of light and day living soberly and righteously putting on the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet of salvation.
15. v9 – 22 Paul reminds and gives practical instruction for living for God.
16. v23 – 28 Paul closes with what feels like a prayer.

(Summarize main groupings of thoughts. Goal of 2, 3 or 4 divisions. ID passages covered)

I. Paul shares the Thessalonians’ shared past, living among them and sharing close communion with them.
1 Thessalonians 1 - 3

Application: How are you imitating Christ in your life?

Application:  How are you involved in community with your church?

II. Paul refocuses the Thessalonians’ present, encouraging them to live righteously and love with brotherly affection.
1 Thessalonians 4:1-13

Application: Who do you need to encourage to live righteously today?

Application: How would others describe your love for fellow believers and even your neighbor?

III. Paul speaks to the coming return of Christ, the Rapture and of heavenly expectation.   
1 Thessalonians 4:14 – 5:8

Application: Are you prepared for Christ’s return?

Application: Do you have a sense of anticipation for Christ’s return? What are you doing about it?

IV. Paul reinforces his teaching with practical exhortations.   
1 Thessalonians 5:9 - 28

Application: What will you change this week to incorporate Christ in your daily walk?

Application: How do you greet your fellow believers? Do you avoid some or greet all as Paul might?

Subject Sentence
(Summarizing the Divisions into one sentence):

Paul focuses on today and the hope of Christ’s return. (10 words)

(A main teaching point for the overall study of the passages):

To cause the audience to:

Remember where we have come from as believers with a refocus our vision of the big picture – the hope of Christ’s return and heaven.

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