1 Thessalonians is uniquely encouraging among all of the Apostle Paul’s letters in the New Testament. Paul writes to a beloved church that is suffering under trials and temptations in order to encourage their endurance. Along with encouragement, 1 Thessalonians mentions the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in every chapter. The message is clear: endurance in the present is empowered by hope in Jesus’ future return. May God encourage us through this beautiful letter.
Be encouraged to give yourself completely God because He who calls you is faithful, has made you family, and has called you to grace.
Live a consistent, joyful, Spirit-filled life by rejoicing always, praying continually, giving thanks in all circumstances, and prizing prophecy wisely.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-22
1 Thessalonians (Commentary) by Gene Green (Pillar NT Commentary)
Practicing the Power by Sam Storms
Prophecy in the New Testament and Today by Wayne Grudem
Showing the Spirit by D.A. Carson
The church is a family, but how can such a family be at peace? By respecting their leaders, not letting the funk get funkier, and reversing the funk.
Keep awake and sober because of what you already know, because of who you already are, and by putting on God’s armor
- Gene Green, The Letters to the Thessalonians (Pillar New Testament Commentary)
- Peter T. O’brien, The Letter to the Ephesians, The Pillar New Testament Commentary
Our big idea this morning: embrace the gospel by accepting the family message as God’s word, endure opposition to the family message, and live for the crown of the family message.
Be encouraged and encourage one another. In order to unpack this central theme of encouragement we are going to look at: 1. The way of encouragement, 2. The reason for encouragement, 3. The root of encouragement.