• Timothy’s Visit to Thessalonica

    1 Thessalonians 3:1–3

    Other believers are greatly affected by our example of Christian living, especially when we have played a significant role in their growth in the faith. Our faithfulness is a model for theirs, and our unfaithfulness sets before them a poor ...Read More

  • Paul’s Crown of Boasting

    1 Thessalonians 2:19–20

    God will not overlook our faithfulness in sharing the gospel and building up others in the faith. On the day when Christ judges the earth, those whom we have influenced for good spiritually will be a testimony to our faith, ...Read More

  • The Persecution of the Thessalonians

    1 Thessalonians 2:14–16

    When those who profess to be God’s people reject His Word, they can expect His wrath, particularly His hardening of their hearts against His gospel. We dare not claim to be Christians and then reject God’s Word, for the judgment ...Read More

  • God’s Word at Work

    1 Thessalonians 2:13

    The word of God at work in the Thessalonians (1 Thess. 2:13) was the message Paul preached to them. This indicates a close connection between the Spirit of God and the preaching of the Word of God. It is vital ...Read More

  • A Manner Worthy of God

    1 Thessalonians 2:11–12

    We cannot walk in a manner worthy of God under our own power, but we need the Holy Spirit to empower and sustain us in obedience. Our walking is not always evident in great leaps of godliness but shows itself ...Read More

  • Gracious Speech

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  • Paul’s Labor and Blamelessness

    1 Thessalonians 2:9–10

    Those who labor in preaching and teaching God’s Word may voluntarily give up their right to financial support, but churches and Christians must not force them into a bivocational situation by withholding support when they are able to pay them. ...Read More

  • Paul’s Honesty and Gentleness

    1 Thessalonians 2:5–8

    Greed and flattery are particularly unbecoming in the character of an ordained minister of the gospel. However, laypeople are warned against these vices as well. Let us pray that the Lord will increase in us the courage to say what ...Read More

  • Paul’s Pure Motives

    1 Thessalonians 2:1–4

    One commentator, writing about 1 Thessalonians 2:4, says that if we are focused on pleasing God, pleasing the world will not be all that important to us. As Christians, we are called to share the true gospel because our hearts ...Read More

  • The Respected Thessalonians

    1 Thessalonians 1:8–10

    The gospel is the saving truth of God that we must believe, and once we believe, the gospel moves us to love others and serve them for the sake of Christ. John Calvin comments that “the doctrine of the gospel ...Read More