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Summary: Paul thanks the LORD for the manner in which the Thessalonians responded to the gospel of grace in 1 Thessalonians 2:14-15.

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"Service and the Second Coming" - Part 9 of 13

1 Thessalonians 2:1-20

“Paul’s Compassion For Them – Part b”

1 Thessalonians 2:14-15

I. Paul’s COURAGE before them. (vv. 1-4).

II. Paul’s COMMITMENT to them. (vv. 5-6)

III. Paul’s CARE for the Thessalonians. (vv. 7-9)

IV. Paul’s CONDUCT among them. (vv. 10-12)

V. Paul’s COMPASSION for them. (vv. 13-16)

1. He thanks God for the way they RECEIVED the Word of God. (v. 13)

2. He thanks God for the way they RESPONDED to persecution. (vv. 14-16) Hebrews 10:33-34; Matthew 5:10-12; Galatians 4:29; Romans 8:5-6; Acts 5:41; Romans 5:3

A. For SUFFERING as patterned by those who went before. (vv. 14-15) John 15:18-20; Colossians 1:24; 2 Timothy 3:12; Matthew 24:9; Philippians 1:29; 3:10; 1 Peter 5:9; 2 Timothy 1:8; 1 Peter 2:21

i. Churches in Judea had SUFFERED. (v. 14a) Acts 8:1, 3; 9:1-2, 13; 12:1-3; Matthew 16:21; 17:12

ii. The Thessalonians were STRUGGLING because of persecution by fellow citizens. (v. 14b) Acts 17:1-8, 13; 2 Corinthians 8:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 3:3-4; Acts 14:22; 2 Thessalonians 1:4-5

iii. They had SLAIN the LORD Jesus by crucifixion. (v. 15a) Acts 2:22-23; 3:14-15; 4:10; 5:30; Matthew 21:35-39; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

iv. They had SILENCED the prophets by killing them. (v. 15b) Isaiah 30:10; Jeremiah 26:13; Micah 2:6; James 5:10-11; Matthew 5:12; 23:34-35, 37; Acts 7:52; Luke 11:47, 49

v. They thought they were doing SERVICE unto God contrary to reality. (v. 15c) John 16:1-3; 1 Corinthians 10:5; Luke 11:52-53; Acts 26:9


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