• The Struggle of Unbelief

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  • Paul Prays to See the Thessalonians

    1 Thessalonians 3:11–13

    Our love and holiness are not the basis of our salvation. Only the perfection of Christ can make us stand before God unafraid. Yet, neither will we be saved without growing in love and holiness, for sanctification—growth in grace—is the ...Read More

  • Joy and Thanksgiving

    1 Thessalonians 3:9–10

    Because of Christ’s infinite goodness, the infinite blessings of salvation, and our own finiteness, we will never reach a point where we cannot grow more in our knowledge of the Lord and His work. This will be true even in ...Read More

  • Standing Fast in the Lord

    1 Thessalonians 3:6–8

    It is easy to forget that we are so closely related to other believers that their joy and their faith sustain our own. Consequently, our joy and faith help sustain the joy and faith of other believers. In seeking to ...Read More

  • Paul’s Reason for Sending Timothy

    1 Thessalonians 3:4–5

    Many people think that they are solving the problem of suffering by saying that God has nothing whatsoever to do with evil. But if God is not using evil for our good and His glory, we have no guarantee that ...Read More

  • 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

  • Of More Value Than Many Sparrows

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  • 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

  • Paul’s Longing to See the Thessalonians

    1 Thessalonians 2:17–18

    If we truly trust in Christ, we will seek to spend time with other Christians. And if we want to spend time with fellow believers, our enemy will also do what he can to stand in the way of this ...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