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e l p sam o n ly First published January 2004 Anglican Youthworks PO Box A287, Sydney South NSW 1235 Tel: 61 2 8268 3344 www.youthworks.net Copyright Š Anglican Youthworks 2004 This book is copyright. Apart from fair dealing for the purposes of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without written permission. Inquiries should be addressed to the publishers. Scripture quotations taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, copyright Š 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. ISBN 978-1-876960-89-6 Written by Ken Moser Edited by Julie Moser


Introducing 1 Thessalonians This is one of the Apostle Paul’s earliest letters and one of the simplest to understand. Here are a few things you need to know about the book of 1 Thessalonians: Why it was written Paul is writing to a group of Christians that he came to know for only a short time. He had visited a place called Thessalonica (you can still visit this city in modern Greece) and spent less than a month preaching about Jesus. Some people decided to change their way of living and turn to Christ. This repentance (turning from a lifestyle of idolatry and sin) was marked by a different way of living. Paul was forced to leave the town and a short while later he sent Timothy back to find out how they were. When Timothy came back to Paul he brought good news. The Thessalonians were still strong Christians! They still had faith in Jesus and loved each other deeply. With this news Paul was overjoyed. He wrote this letter just after Timothy came back.

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Themes in the book In this letter from Paul there are a number of themes that emerge, including: • The changed life of the Thessalonians • Paul’s model of ministry • The return of the Lord Jesus • How we should live in these ‘last days’.

The studies Each study will follow a similar pattern. You will start with some basic ‘fact gathering’ questions and then move on into more in depth questions. You will finish with some questions designed to help you put into practice what you’ve learned. Hopefully over the next few weeks these studies will help you to become a stronger Christian as you get to know more about Jesus and how to follow him. Enjoy this fantastic book of 1 Thessalonians! Introducing 1 Thessalonians

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We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted e l p m a s by love,n and your y l o endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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The powerful message

1 1 Thessalonians 1:1–3 Acts 17:1–9

1 Thessalonians is a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the church in the city of Thessalonica. Paul had preached the good news about Jesus in Thessalonica and a small church was formed.

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To understand this letter we need to look at the story about how Paul made ‘first contact’ with the Thessalonians in Acts 17. :: SHARE

You have just discovered something very important that can help millions of people. How would you go about telling people? Circle your choice then share your answer giving a reason for your choice. INTERNE T • HAND OUT LEAFLE TS • HANG AROUND THE LOCAL MALL AND TALK TO PEOPLE KNOCK ON DOORS • BUY A MEGAPHONE AND DRIVE AROUND SHOUTING AT PEOPLE RADIO ADVERTISING • TELEVISION ADVERTISING • NEWSPAPER OTHER:

:: READ ACTS 17:1–9 What are your first impressions from this story?

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: : G E T T I N G T H E FA C T S Paul travelled around telling people about Jesus. Paul usually started preaching about Jesus by going to the local synagogue (a place where Jewish people met to worship God). Why do you think he went there and not some place else? (See Paul’s background: Acts 22:3; Galatians 1:13,14; Philippians 3:5,6).

Explain in your own words the message Paul preached: (verses 2–3)

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Reaction 1: What three groups of people became followers of Jesus? (verse 4)

Reaction 2: What was the response by the Jews and why do you think they responded this way? (verses 5–6)

: : P A U L’ S P R AY E R A N D R E M E M B R A N C E When Paul told the people of Thessalonica about Jesus, many became Christians. Following Jesus brought about a huge change in their lives. Read 1 Thessalonians 1:1–3.

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For what three things did Paul thank God when he thought of his friends in Thessalonica? (verse 3)

Describe in your own words what you think each of these mean.

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Are these three things characteristics of every Christian? Should they be?

What would these look like in everyday life? (Give examples.)

: : TA K I N G I T H O M E Has following Jesus changed you? If so, how? How can we help each other in this group to have more faith, love & hope? How can we be bold like the Apostle Paul when it comes to sharing our faith? Spend some time praying that you would be characterised by faith, love and hope. Pray also for boldness in sharing the good news about Jesus.

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