2: An Exemplary Church (1Thess 1:1-10)
Paul and his
fellow workers are always filled with thanks to God for the Thessalonians
whenever they think of them in their prayers. Although the church in
Thessalonica was established in the midst of afflictions, it was a dynamic
church. In fact, it has become an example for all the other churches.
“remembering without ceasing
your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus
Christ in the sight of our God and Father” (1:3).
Did You Know…?
1. Silvanus (1:1) is
another name for the Silas of Acts.
2. Thessalonica (1:1) was an important port city
on the Egnatian
Way, which was the principal east-west trade and
military route between Rome and Asia minor. It became the
capital of the province
of Macedonia in 148 B.C.
and Achaia (1:7) were the two Roman provinces in Greece.
1. According to
this passage, state in general terms the characteristics of an effective
1. Paul acknowledges Silvanus
and Timothy in the salutation even though he is the author of the epistle. What
does this say about Paul?
2. “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and
the Lord Jesus Christ.” These are the typical words of Paul’s opening
greetings. What does this greeting mean, and why is it important?
3. What can we learn from verses 2-3 about the
duty and the heart of a faithful minister of the gospel?
4. Paul speaks of the visible fruits of the three
essential Christian qualities in the Thessalonians. Record these and explain
how each relates to its corresponding quality.
5. To whom does Paul attribute the qualities of
6. List and explain the criteria of effective
preaching as found in verse 5.
7a. Under what circumstance did the Thessalonian
believers receive the word? What does this say about them?
7b. What attitude did they have toward their circumstance? What
made this attitude possible?
7c. Recall such kind of experience when you went through
afflictions in your life for the sake of faith.
8. Note the words “became followers” (or
“imitators”) in verse 6 and “became examples” in verse 7. What can we learn
from the Thessalonians about Christian growth?
9a. What two things spread from the Thessalonians?
9b. How can you spread the word of God in the same way?
10. According to
verses 9 and 10, what were the three important parts of the Thessalonian
11. How does
verse 10 help explain the meaning of salvation?