Thessalonians: An Introduction
Passage: 1 Thessalonians 1:1
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION
- First and Second Thessalonians are letters to the believing church in Thessalonica from Paul, Silvanus (Silas) and Timothy. What do we know about the church in Thessalonica? (read Acts 17:1-10) What do we know about Paul, Silas and Timothy? How did Paul feel about the church in Thessalonica? (read 1 Thessaloniains 2:17-3:3)
- If there are six themes in the letters to the Thessalonians (below), which do you think God most wants you to grow in?
- Celebration of the miraculous transformation of receiving the gospel.
- Celebration of joining Christ and the apostles in faithful suffering.
- Demonstration of faithful labor for the gospel.
- Answering the call to love one another.
- Striving for holiness through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
- Living with the return of Christ in mind.