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1 Thessalonians 4 Message

1 Thessalonians 4 Message

SO WE WILL BE WITH THE LORD FOREVER
1 Thessalonians 4:1-18
Key Verse: 4:17,18

“After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

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1 Thessalonians 4 Answers

1 Thessalonians 4 Answers

SO WE WILL BE WITH THE LORD FOREVER

1Thessalonians 4:1-18
Key Verse: 4:17, 18

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

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1. What instructions did Paul give to the Christians in Thessalonians (1, 2)?

“As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.”

They were previously instructed how to live in order to please God. Paul is continuing to urge them to live this way amongst the physical temptations in Thessalonica.

Why should Christians be sanctified (3a) (Lev. 19:2)?

“ It is God’s will that you should be sanctified:”

“2 “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.”

Christians are called to be sanctified in their living—continually becoming like Christ—which is the ultimate hope and goal of all believers in Christ. Living a holy life is a testimony amongst unbelievers—in some cases better than a sermon or bible study lesson. Therefore it is God’s will that Christians live a holy life.

What does it mean “being sanctified?”

Sanctification is the process of becoming holy—which is one of God’s defining characteristics. It makes sense that Apostle Paul would be calling people to holiness in Christ.

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1 Thessalonians 4 Questions

1 Thessalonians 4 Questions

SO WE WILL BE WITH THE LORD FOREVER

1Thessalonians 4:1-18
Key Verse: 4:17, 18

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

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1. What instructions did Paul give to the Christians in Thessalonians (1, 2)? Why should Christians be sanctified (3a) (Lev. 19:2)? What does it mean “being sanctified?” Why did Paul say to avoid sexual immorality to be sanctified (3b)?

2. How should Christians control their own body (4)? Why do unbelievers, who do not know God, live in passionate lust (5) (Romans 1:21-25)? What will happen to the one who takes advantage of and defrauds his brothers and sisters in sexual immorality (6-8)?

3. How much well did the Christians in Thessalonians do in loving each other (9, 10a)? Why did Paul say to do so more and more (10b)? Think about how much the love of brothers and sisters build the body of Church.

4. Why do Christians live a quiet life, mind their own business and work with their hands (11, 12)? Especially think about the importance of a quiet life in this busy generation?

5. Who are those who sleep in death? Why does Paul want to inform about the future of those who sleep in death (13, 14)? What did Greek think about death at that time (1Co 15:12, 35)? What will happen to those who died in Christ (14, 15)?

6. How glorious will Jesus’ second coming be (16a)? (Mark 13:24-27) What will happen to those who died in Christ and to those who are alive when Jesus comes again (16b, 17a)? (1Co 15:42-44) What is the life for those who are caught up to in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (17b)? What should we do with this glorious hope (18)?

1 Thessalonians 2-3 Message

1 Thessalonians 2-3 Message

MAKE YOUR LOVE INCREASE AND OVERFLOW
1 Thessalonian 2:17-3:13 Key Verse: 3:12

“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as our does for you.”

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Today’s passage is mainly Apostle Paul’s concern, thanks and prayers for Thessalonian Christians who were going through times of trials and persecutions. Paul had three prayer topics; 1) to see them face to face, 2) for their love to increase and overflow, and 3) for their hearts to be strengthened. May God grant each one of us to receive the word of God through today’s passage. Amen.

I. Settle In These Trials (2:17-3:5)
Look at verse 2:17, “But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you.” Due to persecutions, Christians in Thessalonica had to send Paul, Silas and Timothy away to Berea. They felt that they were being orphaned, which revealed their loneliness during the time of God’s work. They had to move one place to another constantly like Missionary Isaac and Mary Baek’s family. How hard it could have been for them to endure?

Even though they were separated, they were in their thought like a lover. Even though their bodies were separated, they were together in their prayer and concern. They wanted to see the Thessalonians like parents who wanted to see their children. They wanted to see them in order to provide anything lacking in their faith. The new believers needed to stand firm going through persecutions. They were being tempted from the influence of the world. Paul wanted to encourage them to love each other in this time of trials, and strengthen them to live moral and blameless lives.

They tried to come, especially Paul tried again and again, but could not because Satan blocked their way. We do not know how Satan blocked his way, but we know for sure that there was hindrance for Paul to go to Thessalonica. According to Acts 17 he was being chased by the Jews from Thessalonica who came to persecute Paul in Berea. Maybe Thessalonian Jews lied to people in Berea so that they would not sell Paul a horse riding ticket to Thessalonica. Paul was afraid that the Christians in Thessalonica were being persecuted and lost. He loved them so much because they were his hope, joy and crown in the presence of the coming Jesus.

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1 Thessalonians 2-3 Questions

1 Thessalonians 2-3 Questions

MAKE YOUR LOVE INCREASE AND OVERFLOW
1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13 Key Verse: 3:12

“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as our does for you.”

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1. Read 2:17-20. How were they separated in person (2:17, Acts 17:10)? Why did they want to come and see them (2:19-20; 3:10)? How did they try to come but could not?

2. Read 3:1-5. Why did he go to Athens (Acts 17:14-15)? Why did he send Timothy? What are they destined for (3)? What did they keep on telling Thessalonian Christians (4)? What did he want to find out and why (5)?

3. Read 3:6-10. What news did Timothy bring about Thessalonian Christians? What affection did they have toward each other? By what were they encouraged (7-8)? What was their thankful topic?

4. Read 3:11-13. What were the prayer topics? How could their love toward each other and overflow? Why did they pray for their hearts to be strengthened?

1 Thessalonians 2 Message

1 Thessalonians 2 Message

MOTHER AND FATHER LIKE SHEPHERD
1 Thessalonians 2:1-16 Key Verse: 11
“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children.”

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In chapter 1, Paul, Silas and Timothy gave thanks for the faith of Thessalonian Christians and their faith in action. The gospel was not just words but came to them with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction as they welcomed the message. Thus they became examples to all other churches in the region.

In this chapter 2, Paul and his coworkers are sharing their testimony on how the gospel was preached in spite of severe persecution in Thessalonica. It is God who enabled them to dare to preach the gospel and to care for the disciples like a mother and father. The work of God was evident that they also could suffer for Christ. May God grant us one word of God through today’s passage. Amen!

I. Approved by God through God’s Tests (1-7a).

Look at verse 1, “You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. Verse
1 is the connecting sentence between chapter 1 and 2. In chapter 1, the gospel came to the Thessalonians not with words only but with power. There was the work of the Holy Spirit in their hearts and some Jews and Greek converts accepted the gospel of Jesus, including prominent women (Acts 17:1-4). In the rest of chapter 2, Paul shares the inside story of how they struggled in doing God’s work in Thessalonica.

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1 Thessalonians 2 Questions

1 Thessalonians 2 Questions

MOTHER AND FATHER LIKE SHEPHERD
1 Thessalonians 2:1-16 Key Verse: 11

“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children.”

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1. What was the result of God’s work in Thessalonica? (Acts 17:1-4) How hard it was to continue to preach the gospel in Philippi? (Acts 17:5-9) How did they overcome the test? (3-6)

2. How did Paul and Silas care for Christians in Thessalonica? (7) What does it mean to care like a mother? (8) How did they live an exemplary life among Christians in Thessalonica? (9-10)

3. What does it mean to deal with other members as a father? (11-12) How did Paul encourage, comfort and urge? How can we live lives worthy of God?

4. Why did Paul thank God for Thessalonian Christians? (13) How do we know that the word of God is at work in one’s life? (14-16) How did they overcome persecutions?

1 Thessalonians 1 Message

1 Thessalonians 1 Message

Faith, Hope and Love in Action

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Key Verse: 1:3

“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Today we begin to study the New Testament book of 1 Thessalonians. Like Philippians, this is a letter written by Paul and his coworkers to the church that they had pioneered. Thessalonica is a Greek city, as Philippi was. In fact, according to the book of Acts, Thessalonica was pioneered right after Philippi, also on the second mission journey of Paul and Silas. However, most scholars think that 1 Thessalonians was actually written before Philippians, and may even be the earliest book of Paul in the New Testament.

Among Paul’s letters, 1 and 2 Thessalonians are the ones that say the most about Jesus’ second coming. The theme of hope in that event runs strongly through both books. We won’t get into that much today, just to touch on it. The first chapter of 1 Thessalonians, as we saw when we read it, is very short—just 10 verses, and it kind of looks like the standard greetings and thanksgivings that Paul puts at the beginning of every letter. But if we look more closely, there are some very deep themes running through it. There is a special emphasis on faith in action, that is, faith that works and faith that sets an example.

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