Today you should read: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
Welcome to 1 Thessalonians at Jumpstart! If you are new to us, this is a great time to join in since we are starting a new book. This is one of Paul’s many letters, and since we’ve been through a number of them already, I’ll just remind you with this simple graphic what his life journey (post-conversion) looked like:
This short letter covers much ground. Paul has a lot of major subjects that he addresses. One of the key things he was trying to accomplish was correcting and influencing the Thessalonians’ theology. He also deals with practical issues, but these are addressed largely due to theological concerns that Paul had. As you’ve heard us say many times here at CPC, “What you believe affects how you live.” That’s what this letter is all about: orthodoxy leads to orthopraxy, or at least it should.
Here’s a snapshot of the major themes of the book:
Paul starts this letter much like he does in his other writings. He begins with telling them who it is from — Paul, Silas and Timothy — and who it is going to — the church at Thessalonica. He then gives one of his traditional greetings: grace and peace. The letter moves to a discipler-disciple relationship that should be emulated by us.
>> The discipler is grateful for his disciples (v.2)
>> The discipler prays for his disciples (v.2-3)
>> The disciples are faithful to Christ (v.3)
>> The disciples are serving with love (v.3)
>> The discipler reminds his disciples of the Gospel (v.4-5)
>> The discipler cared deeply for his disciples (v.5)
Church, my prayer for you today is similar to Paul’s for the Thessalonians. I am grateful for you, and I pray that you remember what Jesus did for you on the cross. As you remember that critical gospel truth, I pray that you let it overwhelm you to the point of changing the way you live. Soli Deo Gloria!
(Both info graphics from ESV Online)
Posted: Todd Thomas