Summary: The Thessalonian Christians are our examples in our christian living.
We noted from the Apostle Peter that the writings of the Apostle Paul are full of godly wisdom. Bible Scholars tell us that the Letters to the Thessalonians were the first letters written by Paul; and so after praying and consultation with our Elders, we will study these letters to the Thessalonians for the next several weeks.
Now, many of us have read or seen stories with this question, “What was the M-O for the crime?” What is an M-O??
As we start a new message series, let us ask ourselves, What is our M-O in life? What is my M-O in life?
Before we read the first letter to the Thessalonians, let us briefly get the background of that church. Open your Bibles to the Book of Acts, Chapter 17:1-15….
And so we note that the Church in Thessalonica was initiated by Missionaries Paul, Silas, and Timothy. Both Jews and Gentiles in Thessalonica accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord! We also note from the book of Acts that those in Thessalonica who did not accept the Gospel of Christ persecuted the Christians, even following them to a different town!
This is always true; the Gospel must be preached; there will be those who will receive Jesus Christ but there will always be persecution from those who do not believe.
Let us now turn to the First Letter to the Thessalonians. Most Bible Scholars will tell us that the apostle Paul wrote the Letter; but let us note right away that this letter is part of God’s Scriptures, therefore it is really God Himself who wrote the letter for Christians. And so, before reading our text, let us together pray our commitment to God’s Word…..
Read along with me now 1 Thessalonians 1….
We read in v1 that the letter actually did come from the 3 ministers, Paul, Silas, and Timothy. What were these Ministers’ motives for writing to the Thessalonicans?
We note in the beginning how the ministers saw the church, even though they started the church! They did not see it as “their” church!
v1a: acknowledged the church in God the Father and the Lord Jesus!
The Ministers were encouraged by a true Christian church! The Ministers were motivated by what belongs to God, not man!
And we note in,
v1b: The Ministers were motivated by God’s Grace and peace. Grace here is charis, which is a gift, an undeserved favor from God! And Peace in this verse is eirene which is peace of mind and wholeness from God!
In v2 we note that Paul, Silas, and Timothy thanked God and believed in prayer! They were motivated with a good God and connection with God through prayer!
v3: Work, labor, and endurance of the Thessalonian Christians motivated Paul, Silas, and Timothy!
We’ll talk about what motivated the Thessalonian Christians in a moment, but there are a couple more things which motivated Ministers Paul, Silas, and Timothy.
What can we note from v4-10? Paul, Silas, and Timothy experienced the Triune God’s miraculous work of love, gracious choosing, and empowerment through the Thessalonians!
Our Scripture of the Week to memorize is the second part of v9……