1 Thessalonians

Lesson Number

Class Date

Subject

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 KidsFest.

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 wasnow 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).