1 Thessalonians 1 – August 1
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
1 Thessalonians 1
Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you.
Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians’ Faith
2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 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.
4 For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
Hope in Hardship | Becky Newman
1 Thessalonians 1:10
Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians was at an earlier time in his ministry than the other letters we’ve read recently, and there’s a message of hope throughout — that God will rescue us. My Bible says that every chapter in 1 Thessalonians ends with this hope of what will happen at the end of the world. It’s a push to change focus from the suffering and endurance of the now to what awesomeness is waiting for us in the end.
This is a lesson to learn from history. Like the Thessalonians, each generation has its hardships and hopes for the end to be near. Particularly, I’m reminded of African slaves in our country singing spirituals of God’s glory and heaven while they worked in heat and humidity similar to the heat dome we had recently, just trying to get through each day by focusing on the reward waiting for them in heaven, where they would truly be rescued from slavery. With the recent ISIS attacks on Christians and anyone who doesn’t believe what they do, I see people again trying to focus on the end rather than the here and now, praying for rescue. I have a message of hope to focus on in the hard times, and I can share that hope with others. I will never know when the end is coming, but I will always have my hope in You.
For those who don’t have their hope in You, I pray for “workers” who will share their hope, and I pray for rescue. Give me the boldness to share my hope in You!
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