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1 Thessalonians

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Gospel Family Bonds

1 Thessalonians 2:17-20

This is a heart-warming passage which reminds us that the gospel creates close family bonds.

Gospel Concern

1 Thessalonians 3:1-5

Paul's concern for the growing and persecuted church in Thessalonica was heartfelt, like that of a parent for their child (1 Thessalonians 2:11). It was not wrong, nor a sign of Paul's lack of confidence in God: it was the evidence of loving responsibility.

Gospel Encouragement for Leaders

1 Thessalonians 3:6-10

Many believers feel the need of encouragement as they seek to follow Jesus. They look to pastors and teachers in the same way that the early Christians looked to Paul and his apostolic team. There is often a presumption that because God's servants keep on giving sacrificially to their flock, they do not need any encouragement themselves. That is far from true. And if their ministry is supported by your gifts, you have not paid them to be your servants.

Gospel Fellowship and Holiness

1 Thessalonians 3:11-13

The gospel is very good news. Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised so that we might be without blame or guilt (Romans 4:25). Everybody who believes in Him is born again into God's family to enjoy the privilege of two new relationships: with Him and with all His other children.

God's Word Is To Be Believed And Lived

1 Thessalonians 4:1-2

Some people think that the Christian's faith is a private matter, to comfort the heart and give hope. It certainly does that, but so much more. The gospel, through which we came to faith, is about glorifying God - as we admit and repent of our sin and receive His new life. How does that glorify God?

Practical Sanctification

1 Thessalonians 4:3-6

'Sanctify' is an important practical Bible word with a straightforward meaning: 'to set apart for God's use'. Everybody who has received Christ is a child of God (John 1:12).

Called and Instructed

1 Thessalonians 4:7-8

The call of God firstly convicts us of our sin (John 16:8) and leads us to Jesus the Saviour.

Have Loved, Do Love and Must Love

1 Thessalonians 4:9-10

Love is not a feeling but a deep desire which leads to selfless activity. Love urges people to give what they have, their time and energy, to bring pleasure to a loved one. That is true between individuals, within families and also in the family of faith. Paul started this letter commending the church for their reputation of turning away from idols to serve the living God (

Get On With Your Work

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

Greek culture considered that philosophy and thinking were superior to manual work. They loved to spend hours debating rather than engaging in productive work – they had slaves to do the menial tasks. Probably much of the world now thinks the same. High energy executives may cause great disturbance among the workforce as they try out their latest ideas, always seeking a new profitable opportunity.

Grieving in Hope

1 Thessalonians 4:13-15

Death is the last enemy for all human beings (1 Corinthians 15:26). It leaves a trail of sadness even for believers. Loved ones have gone. Their company can no longer be enjoyed, their advice is not available nor can their love be received or reciprocated any more. Grief can be so disorienting; and yet God has provided us with a promise to help us through.