1 Thessalonians

Lesson Number

Class Date


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).