Introduction to 1Thessalonians. (1Th 1:1-10) Faith; hope; and love. Discipleship. (Act 16:30-31) Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. (Act 17:1-10) Paul arriving in Thessalonica. Thessalonican church was established under persecution. Overview of the rapture. Christ died to give life. Threefold outline: model church; model minister; and model walk of the believer. Defending the inerrancy of Scripture
The Thessalonians were persecuted for their faith. Paul's first letter to them provides comfort, reminding them of the details of Christ's return for His Church ("The Blessed Hope") and providing practical spiritual lessons for living.