1 Thessalonians


Lesson Number

Class Date

Subject

1 Thessalonians 58

Apr 7, 19

CEF Banquet report. (1 Thes 5:1-8) Paul continues to teach the Thessalonians about end time events (Rapture/Day of the Lord timeline reviewed). In verse 6, Paul concludes that believers must stay alert in our anticipation of the Lord's return. This is in contrast to unbelievers who are blinded by Satan (v.4-5). Because believers are aware of end time events, we must be watchful and self-controlled as we wait on the Rapture. We must also have urgency regarding teaching the truth of God's word to unbelievers, utilizing the time we have for His service.

1 Thessalonians 57

Mar 31, 19

(1 Thes 5:1-5) Study of verses 3-5. Paul likens the sudden destruction of the day of the Lord to birth pains (v. 3). The first strike of pain will be severe, unexpected, and inescapable. The deceived, those living in darkness, will have their peace removed. In contrast to unbelievers, believers will not experience the horrifying events of the Tribulation (v. 4). Believers are the adult sons of our Savior, Who is light (v. 5, Jn 14:6). As sons of light, we must learn from the Word of God to live daily for Him and avoid Satan's cosmic system.

1 Thessalonians 56

Mar 31, 19

(1 Thes 5:1-3) Review of verses 1-2; "day of the Lord" revisited. While previously thought to be the Lord's Second Coming, further study indicates that the "day of the Lord" is the period of time between the Rapture and the end of the Millennium (Joel 1:15-2:11). The Thessalonian believers were worried they missed the Rapture and were going into the Tribulation. Paul makes it clear that they would know if that were the case. The events of the Tribulation will be terrifying. Peace and security will dissolve (1 Thes 5:3).

1 Thessalonians 55

Mar 24, 19

(1 Thes 5:1-3) Study of verse 2. In Ch. 5, Paul urges the believer to guard against complacency. He expects the Thessalonians to know the information in this passage well. He already taught them about the "day of the Lord" and end-time events (Rapture to Tribulation and Millennium). The day of the Lord, or the Lord's Second Coming, will come unexpectedly like a thief in the night (v. 2, Matt 24:43). For now, the Lord simply wants us to come to the texts of Scripture to understand end times and to eagerly anticipate His return.

1 Thessalonians 54

Mar 24, 19

(1 Thes 5:1-3) Study of verse 1. In Ch. 5, we shift from the Rapture to the Second Coming of Christ. Some of the meaning of this passage is obscured in the English text; however, a look at the Greek translation gives us a clearer understanding (reviewed). In verse 1, Paul is reinforcing information he already taught about end-time events. It's not for us to know the "times and seasons" of end times (Acts 1:7). This information is exclusive to the Father. While we may not be experts on end-time events, we should know about our Lord's return.

1 Thessalonians 53

Mar 17, 19

Brief comments on Chafer Theological Seminar Conference (see Special Studies for full report). (1 Thes 4:13-18) Study of verse 18. In verse 18, Paul commands believers to comfort one another in their grief. We will see our loved ones in Christ again (v. 16-17). The anticipation of our Lord's return and the reunion with our loved ones should be a great source of encouragement to us (Titus 2:13). This doesn't mean we do not grieve. However, after a time of sorrow, we should return to a normal spiritual life (Ps 30:5). We simply do not grieve like those who have no hope (1 Thes 4:13).

1 Thessalonians 52

Mar 10, 19

(1 Thes 4:13-18) Study of verse 17. Paul has addressed what will happen to the deceased believers during the Rapture (v. 13-16). Now he addresses living believers. After the dead rise, those who are alive will then be caught up (2 Cor 12:2) with them to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thes 4:17, 1 Cor 15:51-52). This fulfills the angels' prophesy (Acts 1:9-11), and thus always with the Lord we shall remain. Expectation of this imminent event should occupy our thoughts. Lesson concludes with review of the order of Rapture events.

1 Thessalonians 51

Mar 10, 19

(1 Thes 4:13-18) Study of verse 16. In verse 16, Paul describes the events of the Rapture, which will be initiated by God the Father. Accompanying Christ's decent from heaven will be the voice of an archangel, possibly Michael (Jude 9). This will be followed by the trumpet of God used to direct the action. The "dead in Christ," deceased Church Age believers, will rise first. Old Testament saints will not be resurrected until the end of the Tribulation (Dan 12:2).

1 Thessalonians 50

Mar 3, 19

(1 Cor 2:23-25) Communion: Review of the New Covenant. (1 Thes 4:13-18) Study of verse 15. The Thessalonian believers were anticipating the return of the Lord but had questions. They were concerned that believers who had died would miss the glory associated with the Rapture. Paul, asserting that this doctrine comes from the Lord, reassures them that the Lord's imminent return will include our departed loved ones (v. 15).

1 Thessalonians 49

Mar 3, 19

(1 Thes 4:13-18). Study of verses 13-14. The last paragraph in ch. 4 deals with the Rapture. The death of some Thessalonian believers caused some confusion over end times. Paul reassures them that they need not worry about departed loved ones or those whom had "fallen asleep" (v. 13). Believers need not grieve like unbelievers because we have hope that we will see our loved ones again. If you believe in the LJC, believe that He will return and God the Father will bring with Him departed souls whom are in Heaven (v. 14, Jn 14:1-4).

1 Thessalonians 48

Feb 24, 19

(1 Thes 4:9-12) Study of verses 11-12. In addition to increasing in brotherly love, the Thessalonians are exhorted by Paul to aspire to a tranquil life (Acts 11:18), to mind their own business (2 Thes 3:11), and to work so as to support themselves (2 Thes 3:12) (v. 11). We are not in any way to be a burden or disruption to others. This demonstrates love for others and is part of our Christian testimony (v. 12). A Christian at peace with God will be at peace with others.

1 Thessalonians 47

Feb 24, 19

(1 Thes 4:9-12). Study of verses 9-10. In ch. 4, Paul is teaching three major topics: sexual purity (v. 3-8), brotherly love (v. 9-12), and the Rapture (v. 13-18). Brotherly (or impersonal) love (v. 9) for other believers is an important Church Age quality. All believers are taught this love by God through Christ's example (Gal 2:20). While the churches in Macedonia were great models of this love (2 Cor 8:1-5), Paul desired their love to increase and abound (1 Thes 4:10). God desires the same for all believers.

1 Thessalonians 46

Feb 17, 19

(1 Thes 4:1-8) Study of verses 6-8. As believers who positionally identify with Christ (v. 7, Rom 6:1-4), we are to transform our lives from darkness to light (Eph 5:8), fearing the Lord, our avenger, who administers justice (1 Thes 4:6). Paul, who's credibility was under attack, states in verse 8 that this message is from God. In rejecting God's will for our lives, we're rejecting the ministry of God the Holy Spirit within us. By means of GHS, we can be obedient. Lesson concludes with review of the roles of GHS' ministry in our lives.

1 Thessalonians 45

Feb 17, 19

(1 Thes 4:1-6). Study of verses 4-6. Paul makes three points regarding spiritual sanctification: 1) that we abstain from sexual immorality (v. 3), 2) that we control our bodies (v. 4), and 3) that we do not selfishly draw others into immoral acts (v. 6). While the Greek culture was considered immoral in contrast to the Jewish culture, these mandates were given to both Jew and Gentile (Acts 15:19-20). Believers must not succumb to societal norms (1 Thes 4:5, Col 3:5) but instead pursue biblical standards in the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 44

Feb 10, 19

(1 Thes 4:1-8) Study of verse 3 continued. At the time of Paul's writing, the Greco-Romans were engaging in rituals and sexual immorality consistent with the culture of the time. In contrast, Paul urged the Thessalonians to abstain from sexual sins. This includes lust (Matt 5:28), adultery (Prov 6:32), incest (Lev 18:6-18), homosexuality (Rom 1:26-27), and bestiality (Ex 22:19). We can remain pure in an impure world by living according to God's Word (Ps 119: 9, 11), fleeing temptation (2 Tim 2:22), and pursing righteousness.

1 Thessalonians 43

Feb 10, 19

(1 Thes 4:1-5) Review of verses 1-2: Proper Christian conduct and the mystery doctrine of the church age. Study of verse 3. The will of God is that you will be set apart by living a spiritual life (sanctification). There are several ways to do this (Prov 3:5, Ps 27:1, Josh 1:9, etc.). In verse 3, God directs us to maintain our sexual purity in order to honor Him, our marriage partners, and our bodies. 

1 Thessalonians 42

Feb 3, 19

Communion: The Lord's Table. (1 Thes 4:1-2) The Bible doctrine of walking (v. 1). We are to walk in our spiritual lives by faith (Heb 11:1) based on what we know (2 Cor 5:7) by means of God the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:16). This describes experiential sanctification (Eph 5:8, 15).

1 Thessalonians 41

Feb 3, 19

(Ps 139:13-16, 33:13-15) What the Bible says about human life in light of recent Virginia legislation. (1 Thes 4:1-2) Study of verses 1-2. As we move to ch. 4-5, we transition from prayer to practical instruction for the believers' lives. In ch. 1-3, Paul dealt with the readers as a nursing mother (2:7). He now asks and urges them as a father, with the authority of the LJC (4:1-2). He implores them to walk worthy of the Lord (Col 1:9-10) by producing divine good in order to please Him. Lesson concludes with review of confession of sins (1 John 1:9).

1 Thessalonians 40

Jan 27, 19

Reflections on International Holocaust Remembrance Day continued. (1 Thes 3:11-13). Study of verses 11-13. We continue to see Paul's desire to see the Thessalonians. In verse 11, he petitions, as co-equals, the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, our High Priest (Heb 8:12), to arrange a return trip to Thessalonica. Paul then asks the Father to help the Thessalonians love one another (v. 12). This kind of love (Gal 5:22), which both strengths our souls and makes us acceptable to God (v. 13), is achieved through persistent study in His Word.

1 Thessalonians 39

Jan 27, 19

International Holocaust Remembrance Day. (1 Thes 3:9-10). Study of verses 9-10. In verse 9, Paul asks the question, "How can we thank God enough?" For one, we can make prayer a priority. Like Paul, our prayers should be heavily weighted with praise and thanksgiving. Paul's prayer to see the Thessalonians to perfect, or complete, their faith was done ultimately to glorify God (v. 10). Their faith was not defective, but required continual growth. We too should be sensitive to the needs of other believers, particularly new believers.

1 Thessalonians 38

Jan 20, 19

Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr. continued. (1 Thes 3:1-8) Study of verses 3-8. Paul sends Timothy to promote stability among Thes as they face affliction (v. 3). As believers, we are destined for adversity (v. 4, 2 Tim 3:12). Paul was concerned that Thes might succumb to Satan's temptations and lose their spiritual momentum (v. 5). However, Timothy's report that they had not wavered in their faith (v. 6) comforted Paul (v. 7) and served as a source of spiritual renewal (v. 8). We, too, should help believers stand firm in their faith.

1 Thessalonians 37

Jan 20, 19

Reflections on Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and his call for nonviolence. (1 Thes 3:1-5) Study of verses 1-2. In Ch. 3, Paul dispatches Timothy, his trusted brother in Christ, to strengthen and encourage the Thessalonians as Paul is detained in Corinth (v. 1-2, Acts 18:1-17). As we soak in God's word, we too should have a genuine love and concern for other believers.

1 Thessalonians 36

Jan 6, 19

Communion: Beginning the year with the Lord's Supper. (1 Thes 2:17-20) Study of verses 17-20. In verse 17, Paul emphasizes his love and endearment for the Thessalonians. In spite of persecution and Satanic opposition, Paul eagerly desired to return to them (v. 18) and rejoice with them in the presence of the LJC (v. 19). While Paul wasn't able to be with them, they remained in his thoughts and prayers. Let's pray that we are a source of hope, joy, glory, and future blessing to others and ourselves (v. 20).

1 Thessalonians 35

Jan 6, 19

Eight stages of a nation's history and how it can be applied spiritually. (1 Thes 2:13-16) Study of verses 14-16. Paul moves from the way Thessalonians welcomed the Word of God (v. 13) to the way they're being persecuted by Jewish unbelievers (v. 14). These Jewish legalists thought they were pleasing God, but were instead acting hostile to God (v. 15), Gentiles (v. 16, Rom 11:13-15), and all men. We, too, should be prepared to suffer for God's glory (1 Peter 4:16), knowing that God's wrath will fall on those who persecute Him (v. 16).

1 Thessalonians 34

Dec 30, 18

Overview of Paul's second missionary journey. (1 Thes 2:10-13) In verse 13, Paul reminds us that another reason to thank God ceaselessly is the welcoming of His transformative Word. The spoken/read Word of God has the inherent power to change men. We must place ourselves in a position to allow the Word of God to work effectively in us also (Phil 1:3-6; 2:12-13).

1 Thessalonians 33

Dec 30, 18

Begins with overview of Paul's second missionary journey as he sets up and trains new churches. (1 Thes 2:1-12) Study of verses 10-12. Paul calls God a witness (v. 10) to how Paul and his ministry encouraged, comforted, and urged the Thessalonians as a father does his children (v. 11). Paul's fatherly approach is our example of witnessing and teaching. God desires us to live our lives in a Godly manner and invites us to share His kingdom and glory (v. 12). How often do we take advantage of this invitation?

1 Thessalonians 32

Dec 16, 18

Ps 145:1-4, 147:1: Praising God through song. (1 Thes 2:1-9) Study of verses 7-9. 2 Tim 2:24 reminds us that we must be gentle and not pompous when serving the Lord. Rather, we should allow the power of God's message to reach the soul of the listener through GHS. Paul uses the example of parents (1 Thes 2:7, 11) to urge believers to approach new believers with compassion (v. 8). Devote yourself sacrificially (2 Cor 11:22-28) to the ministry when proclaiming the glad tidings of God, and the Lord will provide (1 Thes 2:9).

1 Thessalonians 31

Dec 16, 18

(1 Thes 2:1-6) Study of verses 4-6. In face of accusations, Paul declares that he is not trying to please men, but God. He asserts that his message, motives, and methods are true (v. 4). When serving Lord, we too need to make sure the message is about God, not self (v. 5). Many other traveling teams of the time sought fame and fortune, but Paul and team wanted attention on the message (v. 6) as we should aspire to do today. Lesson concludes with review of six negative characteristics about false teachers, and four positive characteristics of Paul.

1 Thessalonians 30

Dec 2, 18

Communion: Review of the New Covenant and its place in today's Communion. (1 Thes 2:1-6) Study of verse 4 concluded. Our service to the Lord should be genuine and not motivated by selfish desires. We should also be thankful that God is our Judge (Gen 18:25). Therefore, the tougher the situation, the more we need to serve. We do this not just for ourselves but for others who are in need of our service.

1 Thessalonians 29

Dec 2, 18

Preview of Pre-Trib Conference and Rev. Chris Edmonds' presentation on father, WWII hero MSgt Roddie Edmonds, Righteous Among the Nations. (1 Thes 2:1-6) Study of verses 2-4, including deep dive into the term, "gospel." Paul uses himself as example of someone who refused to quit in the face of multiple allegations (discussed) and exhorts us to do the same. As He did with Paul, God uses testing in our lives to make us stronger, help us grow spiritually, and prepare us for what's to come. We serve Him not for accolades but to glorify Him.

1 Thessalonians 28

Nov 25, 18

(Ps 138) Prayer of Thanksgiving. (1 Thes 2:1-6) Study of verses 1-2. God had a plan for Thessalonians and also has a plan for us (2:1). The ministry of His Word is never in vain (Is 55:11). In Acts 17:1-11, we read that Paul and Silas preached Christ in Thessalonica despite significant hostility towards the Gospel. This did not slow God's plan; rather, God prepared Paul and Silas for this hostility (Thes 2:2). We must also be occupied with Christ when facing opposition, allowing God to prepare us for what's to come.

1 Thessalonians 27

Nov 25, 18

(Ps 136) Psalm of Thanksgiving. (1 Thes 1:1-10) In verse 10, we're reminded that LJC's work is finished. He now sits at right hand of Father, awaiting the next step in His plan, when LJC will rescue believers from the Tribulation (Rev 3:10) and later return as King of the Messianic Kingdom. Just as Father has plan for LJC, He also has a plan for our lives, as He works all events for His purpose (2:1). An example of this is seen in Acts 16:16ff, when Paul and Silas' false imprisonment prepares them for work to come in Thessalonica.

1 Thessalonians 26

Nov 18, 18

CEF dedicated Christmas concert at Kennedy Center. CEF impact in Ghana. (Ps 100, 105:1-2) Reading from Institute of Creation Research's Henry Morris: A Heritage of Thanksgiving. (1 Thes 1:6-10) Study of verses 8-10. Thessalonians are imitating Paul and LJC so well, they're having an impact on outside regions. Reports are circulating that there's been a change in basis of their faith from idols to Living God (Ps 115:1-8). While tendency of unbelievers is to choose idols (Rom 1:18-23), we should instead walk by means of GHS (Gal 5:22).

1 Thessalonians 25

Nov 18, 18

(1 Thes 1:1-10) Remarks on Paul's thanksgiving. Study of verses 6-7. GHS changed Thessalonians' lives just as He does for all believers who are obedient to Him (Phil 1:6, 2:13). Paul commends them on their spiritual example and encourages all believers to likewise become imitators of him (Gal 4:12; 1 Cor 4:16). We reflect glory of God by our actions and words as learned through Scripture (2 Cor 3:18). Age and persecution should not inhibit us (Acts 17:1-9), as we remember that opposition is towards God not us (Ps 83:1-5).

1 Thessalonians 24

Nov 11, 18

Sunday School director, Scott Bailey, presents new curriculum, Answers in Genesis. Veterans Day remembrance continued. Flanders Field visit by Brad and Becky Stebbins. Medal of Honor citation: Cornelius H. Charlton, South Korea. (1 Thes 1:1-5) Study of verse 5. God's Word did not come merely from popular speech, but by power of GHS. Three stages of salvation reviewed. Word of God is alive and powerful (Heb 4:12) and breathed out by God (2 Tim 3:16). Verse concludes with assertion that Paul's testimony validated his message.

1 Thessalonians 23

Nov 11, 18

Veterans Day: Honoring all who served. Reading from Bill Bennett's American's Patriotic Almanac. Flanders Field American Cemetery in Belgium. Medal of Honor citation: Charles H. Coolidge, WWII. Jesus fish meaning: Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior. (1 Thes 1:1-5) Review of verse 3. Reflected in Paul's writing is LJC's focus on Father. In verse 4 we ask, what is meant by election by God? Rather than subscribing to doctrine of predetermined selection, we believe we become elect at moment of faith in Christ (2 Pet 1:10, 2-4). Intro to verse 5.

1 Thessalonians 22

Nov 4, 18

Communion: The New Covenant and what it means for us. (1 Thes 1:3) In verse 3, Paul commends the Thessalonians on their good work, which reflects their faith and enduring confidence in the Lord's return. Lesson expands on the difference between agape and phileo love -- as seen throughout the Bible -- and how the former motivates the Thessalonians to do their good work.

1 Thessalonians 21

Nov 4, 18

Upcoming Pre-Trib Conference. President Calvin Coolidge on the importance of voting. Role of government in our nation. (1 Thes 1:1-2) Study of verse 2 continued with review of the importance of prayer. As believers, we are commanded to pray (Heb 4:16) without ceasing (1 Thes 5:17) for believers (Eph 6:18) and unbelievers (1 Tim 2:1-3). Lesson concludes with review of Hebrew word "Asher" (fortunate, blessing, to call happy) as seen in Psalm 1:1, Gen 30:13, Psalm 2:12.

1 Thessalonians 20

Oct 28, 18

Reformation Day: Birth of Protestant Reformation. (1 Thes 1:1-3) Study of verse 1 resumed. Translation of "grace" and "peace" seen as greetings to Gentiles and Jews, respectively. Verse 2 is an example of Paul's standard expression of thanksgiving to God for recipients of letter. Importance of prayer can be seen in Paul's life, as well as the LJC (Mk 1:35), Apostles (Acts 2:42), and early Church (Acts 12:5). Their ministries were sustained with planned, private, and prolonged prayer. We should strive for same devotion to prayer in our lives.

1 Thessalonians 19

Oct 28, 18

Dr. Michael Rydelnik, from Moody Bible Institute, unmasks Antisemitism at Museum of the Bible. (1 Thes 1:1) Fundamentals of Church reviewed, including etymology and unique features of the Body of Christ. Members of the Church have the ability to have victory over sin and to grow in the grace and knowledge of the LJC. As ambassadors to the lost, we should use our gifts to bring people to God (Rom 15:5-6). Review of verse 1 continues with look at Trinity, how they relate to each other, and how we see this exemplified in the Christian fish.

1 Thessalonians 18

Oct 21, 18

(1 Thes 1:1-2) Fundamentals of Church continued. Unbelieving Jews will receive their due reward; whereas, the Church will be spared the Tribulation (Rev 3:9-10). Unique features of the Church Age include: baptism of GHS (Rom 6:3-4); union with Christ (8:1); members of the Body of Christ (12:4-5), which brings eternal life, imputed righteousness, election, predestination, adoption, inheritance, and priesthood; indwelling of GHS (8:9); spiritual gifts; ambassadorship (2 Cor 5:20); and the ministry of reconciliation (5:19).

1 Thessalonians 17

Oct 21, 18

(1 Thes 1:1-5) Orchid: The Flower of the Holy Spirit. Paul addresses Greek believers in Thessalonica. Structure of Paul's letters reviewed, as well as the etymology and establishment of the Church. Fundamentals of Church, those who belong to the mystery doctrine (Rom 16:25-26), also introduced. Compares the Universal Church (Matt 16:18) with the Local Church (1 Thes 1:1). Concludes with review of dispensations or "God's view of history." Church Age begins with Pentecost (Acts 2:1) and ends with Rapture (1 Thes 1:10).

1 Thessalonians 16

Oct 14, 18

(Columbus Day remembered.) Study of Timothy continued. Though he was youthful, with much to learn, and at times ill and timid (1 Tim 5:23; 2 Tim 1:7), Timothy was trustworthy and diligent. Through their years together, Paul groomed the disciple to carry on his work. In his final letter, as he neared death, Paul exhorted Timothy to endure, passing on the mantle of his ministry (2 Tim 4:1-5).

1 Thessalonians 15

Oct 14, 18

Points on Timothy reviewed and resumed. Young Timothy needed guidance, training, and encouragement; for Paul, no one was as similar in thinking (Php 2:20). In fact, Timothy was sent to remind the Corinthians of the apostle's ways (1 Cor 4:17). Mentioned in six salutations of Paul's epistles, Timothy was placed in positions of responsibility and given important assignments.

1 Thessalonians 14

Oct 7, 18

Communion. Timothy: Young novice or trusted companion? Paul thought so highly of Timothy that when the imprisoned apostle was unable to visit the Philippians, he sent Timothy in his stead (Php 2:19-24). He was the only one of like-mind who was not self-seeking but would seek the needs of the Philippians.

1 Thessalonians 13

Oct 7, 18

Study of Timothy continued. As head of the family, fathers are responsible for training their children in the Lord (Eph 6:4). Leaving Macedonia, Timothy joined Paul in Corinth, helping to establish the assembly there (Acts 18:5). As he gained experience participating in the start of each new body of Christ, Timothy's capability grew, and he was sent to Thessalonica to strengthen and encourage the saints (1 Thes 3:1). For about two years he worked with Paul in Ephesus (Acts 19:22).

1 Thessalonians 12

Sep 30, 18

Keeping justification-salvation simple: avoiding phrases "completely believing" and "turning from your sin.” Study of Timothy continued (Acts 17:14f; 1 Tim 1:18). Selected during Paul's second missionary journey, Timothy was more than a student; he was a ready, willing, and faithful disciple, devoted to growing, learning, and serving. As a vital member of Paul's team, Timothy helped to plant churches in Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea. God prepared him for ministry, building on his background in the Hebrew Scriptures.

1 Thessalonians 11

Sep 30, 18

(1 Thes 1:1-5) Timothy: a true son in the faith. Born to parents of mixed heritage, Timothy was given a Greek name meaning "one who honors God." Well-known to the churches in Lystra and Iconium, this disciple was chosen by Paul to join his ministry team (Acts 16:1-3). Paul saw in Timothy the strength of faith that was in his grandmother and mother, both of whom were firmly grounded in the OT (2 Tim 1:5; 3:15). As exemplified by Lois and Eunice, parents are responsible for teaching biblical truth to their children.

1 Thessalonians 10

Sep 23, 18

Study of Silas concluded. Acts 15:22-41 spans the introduction of Silas beginning with his service in Jerusalem to Paul's selection of him for the second missionary journey. Whether it was Silas—undaunted by danger—in the days of the early church or each of us today, there is no better place to be than serving the Lord and in God's hands. Lesson concludes with announcement detailing the upcoming Fall for Fairfax Kids Fest.

1 Thessalonians 9

Sep 23, 18

(1 Thes 1:1-5) Points on Silvanus (Silas) reviewed and continued. Like Paul, Silas was a Roman citizen—in Philippi the two of them, having been beaten and imprisoned together, sang and prayed together (Acts 16:19-37). Far from being timid, skillful Silas committed himself to the ministry, helping to establish churches in Thessalonica and Corinth. Well-educated with impeccable penmanship, Silas served as a faithful amanuensis not only for Paul but also for Peter (1 Pet 5:12).

1 Thessalonians 8

Sep 16, 18

Constitution Day. Study of Silas continued (Acts 15:32-40). As the ministry team traveled from Jerusalem to Antioch, Silas (and Judas) would have increased in learning from Paul and Barnabas. Silas seized the opportunity to serve, using his spiritual gift of prophecy to strengthen and exhort the brethren. His value in the ministry evident, Silas was selected by Paul to accompany him on the second missionary journey.

1 Thessalonians 7

Sep 16, 18

13th Anniversary of the NCBC. Who was Silvanus (Silas) of 1 Thes 1:1? Part of an experienced ministry team and mentioned twelve times in the New Testament, Silas was a strong believer, used by God in an unusual way. Luke introduces us to this Hellenistic Jew as one chosen to report the findings from the Jerusalem Council to those in Antioch (Acts 15:22, 25). On the front lines of battle, faithful Silas risked his life for the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 6

Sep 9, 18

The Life of Paul (Acts 9:10-31). God chose Ananias to visit Saul, who was waiting in Damascus sightless. Ananias was a faithful, willing servant, despite being aware that Saul had intended to persecute believers. God knew where Saul would blossom, appointing him to suffer for the Lord and to take the Gospel to the Gentiles, though not in Jerusalem where he wanted to serve. Pressured to depart both Damascus and Jerusalem, Saul's ministry would begin and thrive in Antioch (11:25f).

1 Thessalonians 5

Sep 9, 18

The Life of Paul (Acts 9:1-9). Not content with Stephen's martyrdom, driven by anger and religious zeal, Saul obtained authorization to destroy men and women of the way in Damascus. En route, he had a supernatural encounter with the Lord and responded positively to God's call. In an instant, the persecuting lion of Jerusalem became the harmless lamb of Damascus. Physically blind but spiritually perceptive, Saul was now ready to be used by God.

1 Thessalonians 4

Sep 2, 18

Communion. Study of Paul continued. Introduced to us in Acts 7:58, the young man Saul consented to the stoning of Stephen. Overcome by irrational zeal in the face of indisputable truth, Saul committed himself to destroying the church and was vested the authority to do so. Years later, however, he considered himself unworthy to be called an apostle (1 Cor 15:9). If by the grace of God the chief of sinners, Paul, was able to so effectively serve the Lord, there is not one thing in your past that should prohibit you from service.

1 Thessalonians 3

Sep 2, 18

God’s Preparing of Paul. Born in a Gentile city, qualified as a Roman citizen, raised in a Hellenistic culture, trained as a rabbi (and tentmaker), Paul's upbringing, unique among the apostles, prepared him for his future ministry—a ministry that germinated in the synagogues, budded into churches, and reached Jew and Gentile alike. Also known as Saul (a Benjamite), the apostle used his Latin name, Paulus, when interacting in the Roman world.

1 Thessalonians 2

Aug 26, 18

(1 Thes 1:1-10) Joining Paul, Silas, and Luke on the second missionary journey was Timothy (Acts 16:1). The apostolic team was directed by G/HS to Macedonia. There, in Thessalonica's synagogue, Paul preached to Jews and Greeks. Many were persuaded, but some opposed Paul, which caused the team to part from Thessalonica and temporarily divide (17:1-15).

1 Thessalonians 1

Aug 26, 18

(1 Thes 1:1) Background to Paul's first epistle to the Thessalonians, written during his second missionary journey. This lesson begins with the formation of the first missionary team (Acts 13:1-3) and touches on Peter's visit to Antioch (Gal 2:11), the subsequent Jerusalem Council (Acts 15:6-11), and the introduction of Silas—who represented the Jerusalem church (15:22), and ends with Paul's selection of Silas—who would accompany him on the second missionary journey (15:40).