1 Thessalonians: The Believer and the Second Coming of Christ (15 of 32) by Stan Coffey

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1 Thessalonians: The Believer and the Second Coming of Christ (15 of 32)
Series: Through the Bible Survey
Stan Coffey

BACKGROUND: The church at Thessalonica was founded by Paul on his second missionary journey (Acts 17:1-9). The church was made up in the majority by Gentiles, who were mostly slaves and members of the working class (4:11-12). Paul's brief but fruitful ministry there was abruptly terminated by unbelieving Jews who incited a riot. Paul and his companions then journeyed to Berea. Driven out of Berea by persecution Paul went to Athens, leaving Timothy and Silas behind. At Athens Paul sent word for his companions to follow him, but from I Thessalonians 3:1-2 it seems he sent Timothy back to Thessalonica to inquire about the welfare of the church. In time, Timothy returned to Paul (now at Corinth), bringing a glowing account of the Thessalonian church (3:6). That prompted Paul to write his first letter to the Thessalonians. THEME: The theme of I Thessalonians is the second coming of Christ and its effect upon believers. Each of the five chapters ends on the note of the second coming.

1. THE COMING OF CHRIST IS A SAVING TRUTH - Chapter 1

A. How the Thessalonians have continued with the Lord - 1:1-4
B. How the Thessalonians first came to the Lord - 1:5-10

1. They turned to God from idols
2. They served the true and living God
3. They were waiting for His Son from Heaven

II. THE COMING OF CHRIST IS A STIMULATING TRUTH - Chapter 2

A. Paul's total commitment - 2:1. and 2
B. Paul's transparen ...


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