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1 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians 1:5

The Gospel came "in power"; it had a powerful effect on the Thessalonians. Whenever the Bible is heard and obeyed, lives are changed! Christianity is more than a collection of interesting facts; it is the power of God to everyone who believes. What has God done in your life since you first believed? #Read Thessalonians 1:5#GetConnected -

1 Thessalonians 1:5

The power of the Holy Spirit changes people when they believe the Good News. When we tell others about Christ, we must depend on the Holy Spirit to open their eyes and convince them that they need salvation. God's power - not our cleverness or persuasion - changes people. Without the work of the Holy Spirit, our words are meaningless. The Holy Spirit not only convicts people of sin but also assures them of the truth of the Gospel. (For more information on the Holy Spirit, see John 14:23-26; 15:26, 27; and the notes on John 3:6 and Acts 1:5.) Paul says, "Ye know what manner of men we were." The Thessalonians could see that what Paul, Silas, and Timothy were preaching was true because they lived it. Does your life confirm or contradict what you say you believe? #Read 1 Thessalonians 1:5

1 Thessalonians 1:9, 10

All of us should respond to the Good News as the Thessalonians did: Turn from sin, serve God, and wait for Jesus' return. We should turn from sin because Christ is coming to judge the earth; we should be fervent in our service because we have little time before he returns. We should be prepared for Jesus to return because we don't know when he will come. #Read 1 Thessalonians 1:9, 10

1 Thessalonians 2:3

This pointed statement may be a response to accusations from the Jewish leaders who had stirred up the crowds (Acts 17:5). Paul did not seek money, fame, or popularity by sharing the Gospel; he demonstrated the sincerity of his motives by showing that he and Silas had suffered for sharing the Gospel in Philippi. People become involved in ministry for a variety of reasons, not all of them good or pure. When their true motives are exposed, all of Christ's work suffers. When you get involved in ministry, do so out of love for Christ and others. #Read 1 Thessalonians 2:3

1 Thessalonians 2:5

We often feel disgusted when we hear someone "butter up" another person. Flattery is a false cover-up for a person's real intentions, and Christian leaders should not practice it. Christians who proclaim God's truth have a special responsibility to be honest. Can people be sure that you will always be honest and straightforward in your words and actions? #Read 1 Thessalonians 2:5

1 Thessalonians  2:6-8

When Paul was with the Thessalonians, he didn't flatter them, seek their praise, or become a burden to them. He and Silas completely focused their efforts on presenting God's message of salvation to the Thessalonians. This was important! The Thessalonian believers had their lives changed by God, not Paul; it was Christ's message they believed, not Paul's. When we witness for Christ, our focus should not be on the impression we make. As true ministers of Christ, we should point to him, not to ourselves.#Read 1 Thessalonians 2:6-8

1 Thessalonians 2:11, 12

No loving father would neglect the safety of his children, allowing them to walk into circumstances that might prove harmful or permanently damaging. In the same way, we must take new believers under our wing until they are mature enough to stand firm in their faith. We must help new Christians become strong enough to influence others for the Gospel, rather than be influenced by those who live their lives contrary to the Gospel.
By his word and example, Paul encouraged the Thessalonians to live in such a way that would bring joy to God. Is there anything about your daily life that would embarrass God? What do people think of God from watching you? What does God think about how you live? #Read 1 Thessalonians 2:11,12

1 Thessalonians 3:1-4

Some think that troubles are always caused by sin or a lack of faith. Troubles may be a part of God's plan for believers. Going through trials can build character (James 1:2-4), patience (Romans 5:3-5), and sensitivity toward others who also face trouble (2 Corinthians 1:3-7). Problems are unavoidable for God's people. Your troubles may be a sign of effective Christian living.
"For yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto" could be translated, "you know that it was part of God's plan for us [to go through these problems]."

Some people turn to God hoping to escape suffering on earth. Rather than promising escape from suffering, God gives us power to grow through our sufferings. The Christian life is marked by obedience to Christ despite temptations and hardships. #Read 1 Thessalonians 3:1-4

1 Thessalonians 3:5

Satan ("the temper") is the most powerful of the evil spirits. His power can affect both the spiritual world (Ephesians 2:1-3; 6:10-12) and the physical world (Corinthians 12:7-10). Satan even tempted Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11). But Jesus defeated Satan when he died on the cross for the sins of the world and rose again to bring new life. At the proper time God will overthrow Satan forever (Revelation 20:7-10). #Read 1 Thessalonians 3:5

1 Thessalonians 3:12

If we are full of God's love, it will "abound" and overflow to others. It's not enough merely to be courteous to others; we must actively and persistently show love to them. Our love should be continually growing. If your capacity to love has remained unchanged for some time, ask God to fill you again with never-ending supply of love. Then look for opportunities to express his love. #Read 1 Thessalonians 3:12

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

Sexual standards were very low in the Roman Empire, and in many societies today they are not any higher. The temptation to engage in sexual intercourse outside the marriage relationship has always been powerful. Giving in to that temptation can have disastrous results. Sexual sins always hurt someone: families, businesses, churches. They have not only physical consequences, but spiritual ones as well. For more on why sexual sin is so harmful, see the note on 1 Corinthians 6:18.
Sexual desires and activities must be placed under Christ's control. God created sex for procreation, pleasure, and as an expression of love between a husband and wife. Sexual experience must be limited to the marriage relationship to God, and our relationship with others. #Read 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

This is part of what it means to live as a Christian - to be responsible in all areas of your life. You can hardly be effective in sharing your faith with others if they don't respect you. Whatever you do, do it faithfully and be a positive force in society. #Read 1 Thessalonians 4:11, 12

1 Thessalonians 4:15-18

Because Jesus Christ came back to life, so will all believers. All Christians, including those living when he returns, will live with Jesus forever. Therefore, we need not despair when loved ones die or world events take a tragic turn. God will turn our tragedies to triumphs, our poverty to riches, our pain to glory, and our defeat to victory. All believers throughout history will stand reunited in God's very presence, safe and secure. As Paul comforted the Thessalonians with the promise of the resurrection, so we should comfort and reassure one another with this great hope. # 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11

As you near the end of a long race, your legs ache, your throat burns, and your whole body cries out for you to stop. This is when friends and faces are most valuable. Their encouragement helps you push through the pain to the finish line. In the same way, Christians are to encourage one another. A word of encouragement offered at the right moment can be the difference between finishing well and collapsing along the way. Look around you. Be sensitive to others' need for encouragement and offer supportive words or actions. #Read 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11

1 Thessalonians 5:14

"Unruly" could be translated, "idle" or "lazy." Don't loaf around with the lazy; warn them. Don't yell at the frightened or weak, comfort them. At times it's difficult to distinguish between laziness and fear. Two People may be doing nothing one because he is lazy and the other out of fear of doing something wrong. The key to ministry is sensitivity: sensing the condition of each person and offering the appropriate remedy for each situation. You can't effectively help until you know the problem. You can't apply the medicine until you know where the wound is. #Read 1 Thessalonians 5:14

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Our joy, prayers, and thankfulness to God should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. Obeying these three commands -rejoice, keep on praying, and give thanks -often goes against our natural inclinations. When we make a conscious decision to do what God says, however, we do God's will, we will find easier to be joyful and thankful. #Read 1 Thessalonians 5:6-18

1 Thessalonians 5:22

As Christians, we cannot avoid every kind of evil because we live in a sinful world. We can, however, make sure that we don't give evil a foothold by avoiding tempting situations and concentrating on obeying God. #Read 1 Thessalonians 5:22-24