1 Thessalonians Reading Guide

Dig In:

Chapter Overview:

  • v1 - INTRODUCTION: Remember, we're reading a letter Paul wrote to a specific group of people at a specific time in history. The primary author of this letter, the Holy Spirit, intended this letter for us as well, but we must remember to interpret it from the Thessalonians' context.

  • v2-5 - Paul writes of his continual gratitude for the Thessalonian Christians.

  • v6-10 - Paul modeled the Christian life to the Thessalonians, and now they are modeling it to people all over the Roman empire.

Dig Deeper:

You're likely familiar with the three primary Christian attributes that come from 1 Corinthians 13:13 - Faith, Hope, and Love. What's cool here in 1 Thessalonians is that those things aren't just the lofty goals of the Christian life, they're the foundation for a tangible life of blessing. Look how Paul puts it in v3:

We remember before our God and Father

your work produced by faith,

your labor prompted by love,

and your endurance

inspired by hope

in our Lord Jesus Christ.

As faith, love and hope produce work, labor and endurance in your life, you become a model to others for how to fulfil the two primary tasks of Christian living, shown to us in v9-10: