16 September 2015
by Philip Layton

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Paul, Silas and Timothy write their first letter to the Church in Thessalonica

Click here to read 1 Thessalonians 1

Discussion Questions

  • The people were waiting for ‘Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath’ (v 10). What is this ‘coming wrath’?

  • Who could you write a letter of encouragement to today?

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Going Deeper From 'Words of Life'

The Macedonian seaport of Thessalonica first heard the gospel when Paul was on his second missionary journey (see Acts 17). Although the apostle only stayed a short time, he left behind a healthy nucleus of believers.

He later sent Timothy back to the church, who then sent a report to Paul on how things were going. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians – expressing his love, but also giving instruction on how to deal with the various things they were going through at the time.

It’s wonderful to intercede on behalf of family, friends, and even people we have never met. No doubt Paul could remember a few of their faces; but other people had come to faith since his initial visit. He wanted to write in order to encourage them and to bless them. To tell them to keep on growing in their faith.

Receiving this letter, and also Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians, no doubt lifted their spirits. And so, allow me to write this short letter to you – interceding on your behalf before our Father in Heaven. 

Dear fellow believer,

I thank God for you today, and lift you before the throne of grace.

I thank God for who you are in Christ; for all you do for him – known to God alone. For your obedience, because of salvation; your labour, prompted by love; your endurance, inspired by hope.

God has chosen you as his servant. The Holy Spirit dwells in you, inspiring you to do wonderful things for the Kingdom. Keep strong in your convictions. Imitate our Lord Jesus Christ in all you do and say. Be filled with joy, even when facing trials and suffering in your life.

God loves you! Keep true to him. Know that he is always with you – strengthening you, bringing ultimate peace to you. And one day, because of your faithfulness, he will receive you in Glory – to be with him forever.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you – now and always.

Beverly Ivany

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