Come and join us every month for a Bible Study led by Robert Moritz, who will help us explore the book of 1 Thessalonians and apply its wisdom to our lives. This study takes place on the third Thursday of each month and welcomes anyone who wants to grow in their knowledge of God's word. In this study, you will discover more about the background and setting of 1 Thessalonians, the main points and messages of the letter, and how to live out your faith in today's world. Whether you are a beginner or an expert in the Bible, you will find this study informative and uplifting. As we go through this study Rob will interpret the text verse-by-verse.
The book of 1 Thessalonians is a letter written by the apostle Paul to the church in Thessalonica, a city in northern Greece. Paul had founded this church during his second missionary journey but had to leave abruptly because of persecution. He sent his co-worker Timothy to check on the church and report back to him. Timothy brought back a positive report of the church's faith, love, and hope, but also some questions and concerns. Paul wrote this letter to commend the Thessalonians for their steadfastness in the face of opposition, to instruct them on various aspects of Christian living, and to comfort them with the assurance of Christ's return.
One of the main themes of 1 Thessalonians is the second coming of Jesus Christ. Paul wanted to encourage the Thessalonians to live in light of this future hope, and to correct some misunderstandings they had about it. He taught them that Jesus will come again with power and glory, and that he will raise the dead in Christ and gather them together with the living believers to meet him in the air. He also warned them that the day of the Lord will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night, and that they should be ready and alert. He urged them to live holy lives that please God, to love one another increasingly, to work with their own hands, to respect their leaders, and to pray without ceasing.
1 Thessalonians is one of the earliest written documents of Christianity, dating from around AD 51-54. It reveals the heart of Paul as a pastor who cared deeply for his spiritual children and longed to see them again. It also shows the power of the gospel to transform lives and communities in any culture and circumstance.