I Thessalonians
Theme: Christ’s Return
(The Coming of The Lord Related
To Practical Christian Living)
Salvation In Relation To The Coming Lord
(1:1-10)
“Grace” (vs. 1) – The Provision of God.
“Peace” (vs. 1) – The Protection of God.
“Prayer’ (vs. 2) – The Power of God.
“Work of faith” (“Turned to God from idols”)
(vs. 3 & 9).
• “Labor of love” (“Serve the living & true God”)
(vs. 3 & 9).
• “Patience of hope” (“Wait for His Son from
heaven”) (vs. 3 & 10).
• “The Word,” “The Word,” “The Word” (vs. 5,
6, 8).
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Serving The Coming Lord
(2:1-20)
• The Pattern of Evangelism (2:1-9) –
Obstetrics.
• The Pattern of Follow up (2:10-12) –
Pediatrics.
• Key Verse: 2:13.
• “Effectively works” energeō (G1754) –
operational energy.
• “Compression of time” – “a short time” (vs.
17).
Sanctification To The Lord’s Coming
(3:1 - 4:12)
• Every believer is responsible to be a
spiritual mentor to someone (Heb. 5:12).
• “Stability” is the goal of the spiritual
mentor (3:1-5).
• “Steadfastness” is the joy of the
spiritual mentor (3:6-10).
• “Success” is the perspective of the
spiritual mentor (at the Bema Seat)
(3:11-13).
I Thessalonians 4:1-12
Walk In Holiness (4:1-8)
• “Walk” (vs.1) pres. act. inf. of peripateō
(G4043) – to walk about.
• Walking is a favorite picture of Paul:
– “…Walk worthy of the calling with which you were
called” (Eph. 4:1)
– “…Stop walking as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in
the emptiness of their mind” (Eph. 4:17)
– “…Walk in love” (Eph. 5:2)
– “Walk as children of light” (Eph. 5:8) (cf. I John
1:5-7)
• Our walk begins with a step of faith, which
leads to a walk of faith.
– “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (II Cor. 5:7)
• Walking suggests progress (Phil. 3:13-16).
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