Acts 17 tells of a church that Paul and his companions started in Thessalonica as the gospel of Jesus Christ went out from Jerusalem. However Paul was forced to leave Thessalonica because of persecution. This historical background positions the first letter to the Thessalonians as Paul’s pastoral concern to these new believers in Jesus Christ who are living out their faith in conditions that aren’t always easy. Over five weeks we will see Paul’s love for the Thessalonians, and the very practical nature of their faith, love and hope.
- A deep impact of the gospel, April 8, (1 Thess 1)
- A shared life, April 15, (1 Thess 2:1-16)
- Faith and love in suffering, April 29, (1 Thess 2:17-3:13)
- More and more … practical, May 6, (1 Thess 4)
- Belonging to the day, May 13, (1 Thess 5)