July 2013 - December 2015
Note: Classes in this series are arranged with the most recent class appearing first.
1 Thessalonians covers a period from roughly from November of AD 50 to January of AD 51. What marks Paul's ministry in Thessalonica is this opposition from the Jewish community and the persecution and oppression that rises out of that opposition. It is important to understand when we look at 1 Thessalonians because of part of Paul’s primary message there has to do with the reality of opposition, persecution and suffering in the life of the believer in the Church Age.
As we look at the epistle in terms of its basic structure and outline, it seems that there are two basic divisions. The first three chapters are very personal and intimate, and they seem to focus around the idea that the apostle Paul is encouraging the Thessalonians in terms of their response to the gospel, that they are indeed believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and this has brought forth evidence that is undeniable of their salvation. Then in chapters four and five we get a focus on the future, on the Lord’s return, and the implication of that for our walk with the Lord.
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Thu, Dec 17, 2015
1 Thessalonians 2:3
1 hr 0 mins 29 secs
What is your motivation to grow spiritually and tell others about the Lord Jesus Christ? Listen to this lesson to hear how the Apostle Paul described his motivation as he faced a chaotic, hostile world. See that our own country is experiencing increasingly evil trends and more and more people want to take Christianity out of society. Observe that the Scriptures tell us about the strength provided when we trust God and see how the truths in the Bible are being challenged. Understand that we need to be serious about our commitment to grow spiritually so we are ready to face whatever comes.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015
1 Thessalonians 2:1-2
1 hr 1 mins 20 secs
Do you find it hard to tell others what you believe about God? Listen to this lesson to see the importance of boldness and courage when witnessing. See that you will face opposition and persecution. Find out the difference between battle courage and moral courage and the ingredients that make up spiritual courage. Hear about the necessity of listening to the person you are talking to and not arguing with them. Accept that if they do not believe what you are saying you may still be planting a seed that will grow. Continue to seek opportunities to share your faith as you rely on the Holy Spirit and treat those who may be hostile with kindness and caring.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015
1 Thessalonians 2:1-2
56 mins 34 secs
Can you name a way that God evaluates believers? Listen to this lesson to learn that God is looking for faithfulness. All believers in the Church Age have a spiritual gift which is designed to function in the local church, in our homes, and in the workplace. Find out how the Apostle Paul saw his ministry and how he first took the gospel to the Jews in the synagogues. See that he met hostility many times which led to riots and danger and suffering. Understand the role of persuasion in presenting the gospel. As we live our lives in the devil’s world, see that it demands spiritual courage as we learn the Word and walk by the Spirit.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015
1 Thessalonians 1:10
59 mins 40 secs
What is your view of the future? An apocalyptic event as portrayed in movies and books? Listen to this lesson to learn about a coming seven-year period more violent and intense than anything the world has ever seen. Find out that believers will not have to go through this but will be “snatched up” or raptured to Heaven. Hear the evidence for the Rapture occurring before the Tribulation starts. Find out about different views about the timing of the Rapture and the problems associated with them. Hear about the imminency of the Rapture. As a believer, look forward every day to the Rapture in order to be spiritually prepared when Christ returns for the Church.
Thu, Jun 04, 2015
1 Thessalonians 1:10
1 hr 5 mins 24 secs
When was the worst time in human history? Listen to this lesson to learn that it hasn’t happened yet. Called by many names such as the Tribulation, Daniel’s 70th week, and the Hour of testing, it refers to seven years that will be horrible beyond our worst imagination. Will believers have to go through this? See how the writer of this passage selected words that mean that those who have trusted in Christ as their Savior will be taken out or raptured before that time begins. This appearing of the Lord in the clouds could happen at any moment. As believers we should be in a constant spirit of anticipation for that glorious event.
Tue, Jun 02, 2015
1 Thessalonians 1:8-10
1 hr 1 mins 6 secs
Should we imitate Christians we admire? Listen to this lesson to see what it means to be a follower of someone. See how the Apostle Paul was an example to believers but he pointed out that Jesus Christ was to be our model. Find out the meaning of the wrath of God and the different time frames it refers to. See when it refers to the Rapture. If at times you feel distant from God as if He had left you, ask yourself if you are the one who has moved away from Him.
Thu, May 28, 2015
1 Thessalonians 1:8 & Psalm 37:4-5
57 mins 24 secs
Over and over like a dog gnawing on a bone, our minds chew on problems and the evils we see all around us. Sometimes it makes us angry and at other times we envy those who seem to sail through life as they ignore God. Listen to this lesson to see how David’s Psalm shows us God’s solution to this condition. Find out how important it is to turn your focus off your troubles on to God and His promises. See what the results of committing your way unto the Lord are and find out what it means for God to give you the desires of your heart.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015
1 Thessalonians 1:8 & Psalm 37:1-5
57 mins 23 secs
What do you mean saying I shouldn’t get upset? Don’t you see all the awful things that are happening in our country? Listen to this lesson to learn that Psalm 37 tells us not to get worked up over evil and injustice. Find out that we’re to accept that God has everything under control and that, although things may look bad now, God’s plan will triumph and justice will be done in God’s time. The wicked will end up getting their punishment and those who delight in God will receive the desires of their heart. Appreciate that this psalm is written in a deliberate manner with each verse beginning with a letter of the alphabet and its very cadence calms us and helps us stay focused on the assurances of God.
Tue, Mar 03, 2015
1 Thessalonians 1:8 & Psalm 55:22
1 hr 2 mins 44 secs
Help! My problems are too much for me. If this is how you feel at times, listen to this lesson to find out Biblical ways to cry out to the Lord for the help you need. Learn the importance of not focusing on the problem but to turn your attention to God’s promises. Understand the tremendous power of fear in in your life and how to move from fear to confidence in God. Remember you always have a choice when you are facing troubles, either you can surrender to fear or you can cast your care on the Lord, who promises to sustain you.
Tue, Jan 20, 2015
1 Thessalonians 1:8 & 1 John 4:18
58 mins 39 secs
Stop! Don’t hit that panic button when life seems to be spinning out of control. Listen to this message to gain a clear understanding of fear, its origins, and the results of succumbing to fear. See how fatalistic and pagan cultures are dominated by fear that destroy motivation. Understand how an existential mindset results in dread and hopelessness. Accept that the only answer to fear is dependence upon God and trusting in His promises so you can move beyond fear with confidence and courage.