Scripture: I Thessalonians 2

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Paul’s Ministry In Thessalonica

1 Thessalonians 2:1-16 (WEB) 1 For you yourselves know, brothers, our visit to you wasn’t in vain, but having suffered before and been shamefully treated, as you know, at Philippi, we grew bold in our God to tell you the Good News of God in much conflict. For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deception. But even as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News, so we speak: not as pleasing men, but God, who tests our hearts. For neither were we at any time found using words of flattery, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness (God is witness), nor seeking glory from men (neither from you nor from others), when we might have claimed authority as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother cherishes her own children.  Even so, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you, not the Good News of God only, but also our own souls, because you had become very dear to us. For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail; for working night and day, that we might not burden any of you, we preached to you the Good News of God. 10 You are witnesses with God how holy, righteously, and blamelessly we behaved ourselves toward you who believe. 11 As you know, we exhorted, comforted, and implored every one of you, as a father does his own children, 12 to the end that you should walk worthily of God, who calls you into his own Kingdom and glory.  13 For this cause we also thank God without ceasing, that when you received from us the word of the message of God, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also works in you who believe. 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of the assemblies of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus; for you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and drove us out, and don’t please God, and are contrary to all men, 16 forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, to fill up their sins always. But wrath has come on them to the uttermost.

Questions and Answers:

1. Where had Paul been mistreated and what was the results of him being mistreated (I Thessalonians 2:1-2)?  Paul had been shamefully treated in Philippi.  But that only made Paul bolder in sharing the Good News.

2. Who did Paul say he was pleasing and why (I Thessalonians 2:3-4)? Paul said he was not speaking to please man, but God, who tests hearts.

3. What were Paul and those with him not doing (I Thessalonians 2:5-6)? They were not trying to flatter nor covetous nor seek glory from others.

4. How did Paul and those with him respond (I Thessalonians 2:7-11)? Paul and those with him were gentle, affectionately longing for them, they were well pleased to impart not just the Good News but also their souls, because the Thessalonians had become very near to Paul. Paul and those with him didn’t want to burden the Thessalonians. They behaved with holiness, righteousness and blamelessness. They exhorted, comforted and implored the Thessalonian believers.

5. What did Paul want to happen (I Thessalonians 2:12)? Paul wanted the Thessalonian believers to walk worthily of God, who was calling them into His own Kingdom and glory.

6. How did Paul say the Thessalonian believers received God’s Word (I Thessalonians 2:13)? Paul said they accepted the Word not as the word of men but as the Word of God, which worked in those who believed.

7. Who did Paul say the Thessalonians were imitating (I Thessalonians 2:14)? Paul said the Thessalonian believers were imitators of the assemblies of God which were in Judea in Christ Jesus. He said this because both groups were suffering at the hand of their countrymen.  

Paul’s Longing To See The Thessalonians

I Thessalonians 2:17-20 (WEB) 17 But we, brothers, being bereaved of you for a short season, in presence, not in heart, tried even harder to see your face with great desire, 18 because we wanted to come to you—indeed, I, Paul, once and again—but satan hindered us. 19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Isn’t it even you, before our Lord Jesus at his coming? 20 For you are our glory and our joy.

Questions and Answers:

1. Who did Paul blame for his delay in coming to Thessalonica (I Thessalonians 2:17-18)? Paul said satan hindered them from coming. My Bible notes: Many of the difficulties that prevent us from accomplishing God’s work can be attributed to satan (see Ephesians 6:12).

2. Who did Paul say was his glory and joy (I Thessalonians 2:19-20)? Paul said the Thessalonian believers were his glory and joy.

HEAR the WORD

I Thessalonians 2:14-16 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of the assemblies of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus; for you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and drove us out, and don’t please God, and are contrary to all men, 16 forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, to fill up their sins always. But wrath has come on them to the uttermost.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My Bible notes: When Paul refers to the Jews, he is talking about certain Jews who opposed his preaching of the gospel.  He does not mean all Jews.  Many of Paul’s converts were Jewish.  The Jews were afraid that reprisals leveled against the Christians might be expanded to include them.  The Jewish leaders thought Jesus was a false prophet, and they didn’t want His teachings to spread.  They were proud of their special status as God’s chosen people, and they resented the fact that Gentiles could be full members within the Christian church.

MEMORIZE the WORD

I Thessalonians 2:4 … we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel.  We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We should purpose to never compromise the gospel.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We can tailor our method to make it understandable but we must not alter the truth of the gospel.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will always tell the truth (I Thessalonians 2:1-2).  Lord, I pray we will seek Your approval not man’s (I Thessalonians 2:4). Lord, I pray we will love those with which we share the gospel (I Thessalonians 2:8).  Lord, I pray we will encourage, comfort and urge others to live lives worthy of You who are calling them into Your kingdom (I Thessalonians 2:12). Lord, I pray we will receive Your Word (I Thessalonians 2:13).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I encourage, comfort and urge others to live godly lives.