Scripture: I Thessalonians 3

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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1 Thessalonians 3:1-13 (WEB) 1 Therefore when we couldn’t stand it any longer, we thought it good to be left behind at Athens alone, and sent Timothy, our brother and God’s servant in the Good News of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith, that no one would be moved by these afflictions. For you know that we are appointed to this task. For most certainly, when we were with you, we told you beforehand that we are to suffer affliction, even as it happened, and you know. For this cause I also, when I couldn’t stand it any longer, sent that I might know your faith, for fear that by any means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor would have been in vain. But when Timothy came just now to us from you, and brought us glad news of your faith and love, and that you have good memories of us always, longing to see us, even as we also long to see you, for this cause, brothers, we were comforted over you in all our distress and affliction through your faith. For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord. For what thanksgiving can we render again to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sakes before our God, 10 night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face, and may perfect that which is lacking in your faith?  11 Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you. 12 May the Lord make you to increase and abound in love toward one another, and toward all men, even as we also do toward you, 13 to the end He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.

Questions and Answers:

1. What problem did Paul encounter while trying to go to Thessalonica (I Thessalonians 3:1-4)? Paul was suffering affliction.

2. Who did Paul say sometimes causes trouble (I Thessalonians 3:5)? Paul said the tempter sometimes tempts us.

3. What message did Timothy deliver to Paul (I Thessalonians 3:6)? Timothy brought Paul glad news of the Thessalonian believers’ faith and love.  And that they (the Thessalonian believers) had good memories of them (Paul and company) always, longing to see them.

4. What results did this bring to Paul and those traveling with him (I Thessalonians 3:7-8)? Even in all their distress and persecution they were encouraged because of the Thessalonian believers’ faith and that they were standing fast in the Lord.

5. What did Paul want to do (I Thessalonian 3:9-10)? Paul wanted to thank God for them, see them face to face and make perfect that which was lacking in their faith.

6. Who was Paul seeking to guide him and those traveling with him (I Thessalonians 3:11)? Paul sought the God and Father Himself and the Lord Jesus Christ to direct his way to the Thessalonian believers.

7. What was Paul’s desire for the Thessalonian believers (I Thessalonians 3:12-13)? Paul desired that the Lord might make the Thessalonian believers increase and abound in love toward one another and toward all men.  And that the Lord might strengthen their hearts so that they would be blameless and holy in the presence of God the Father when the Lord Jesus returns with all His saints.

HEAR the WORD

I Thessalonians 3:2-3 (NIV) We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God’s fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials.  You know quite well that we were destined for them.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My Bible notes: Some people think that troubles are always caused by sin or a lack of faith.  But sometimes trials may be a part of God’s plan for believers.  Experiencing problems and persecutions can build character (James 1:2-4), perseverance (Romans 5:3-5), and sensitivity toward others who also face trouble (II Corinthians 1:3-7). 

MEMORIZE the WORD

I Thessalonians 3:12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else.

I Thessalonians 3:13 May God strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all His holy ones.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Our troubles may be a sign of effective Christian living.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Problems are unavoidable for God’s people.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will encourage and strength others in their faith and through their trials (I Thessalonians 3:2-5).  Lord, even through distress and persecution, I pray we will still encourage one another (I Thessalonians 3:7). Lord, I pray we will stand firm in our faith in You (I Thessalonians 3:8).  Lord, I pray we will continually thank You for those who are encouraging us (I Thessalonians 3:9).  Lord, I pray You will make our love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else (I Thessalonians 3:12). Lord, I pray You will strengthen our hearts so that we will be blameless and holy in Your presence when the Lord Jesus comes with all His holy ones (I Thessalonians 313).  In His name I pray. AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I stand firm in our faith.” <>< Dona