The Church at Thessalonica
- Thessalonica was a thriving city known for its growing population and diverse worldviews.
- Those who “turned the world upside down” reasoned from the Scriptures, witnessed many conversions, and eventually fled from persecution (Acts 17:1-10).
- Since the opposition limited Paul’s time with this church, he wrote this letter to comfort, correct, and challenge them.
- The theme of 1 Thessalonians is how disciples can live with eternity in mind.
The Message for Thessalonica
- A church connected to Christ is characterized by grace and peace (1:1).
- A good church is a gift of God for which we ought to give thanks (1:2).
- A church needs continual prayers more than occasional engagement (1:2).
- Christians should display active faith, observable love, and enduring hope (1:3).
The Connection for Us
- The healthiest types of churches are those that continue to get healthier.
- We cannot rest on the accomplishments of the whole church while neglecting individual engagement.
- Our mission: we are making disciples who take personal responsibility for Kingdom activity.
- Our vision: everyone discipling someone.