1 Thessalonians - Living to Please God (7 Studies) (The Good Book Guides Series)
Do you feel like an ordinary Christian? Not especially gifted or knowledgeable. Does anyone really notice your faith? Does any of it matter? Time to take a look at the Thessalonians. When this group of ordinary first-century pagans believed in...
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Do you feel like an ordinary Christian? Not especially gifted or knowledgeable. Does anyone really notice your faith? Does any of it matter? Time to take a look at the Thessalonians. When this group of ordinary first-century pagans believed in Jesus Christ, they changed so dramatically that many others across the Roman world were imitating their faith, hope and love. The apostle Paul, thrilled to see their vibrant Christian lives, recorded his delight in this lovely warm letter, packed with advice and encouragement to keep going. This was a transformation that would change lives, cultures and destinies far beyond first century Macedonia. Learn through this Good Book Guide how an unremarkable, pointless existence can be transformed into lives marked by an unshakeable faith, overflowing love and sensational hope. It is this kind of life that ordinary Christians like you are called to. So that, in the our world of suffering, hostility and trials we will be blameless and holy when our Lord Jesus comes.
Mark I. Wallace (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Professor of Religion as Swarthmore College, PA. He is the author of Finding God in the Singing River: Christianity, Spirit, Nature (Fortress, 2005); Fragments of the Spirit: Nature, Violence, and the Renewal of Creation (Continuum, 1996; Trinity, 2002); The Second Navet: Barth, Ricoeur, and the New Yale Theology (Mercer University Press, 1990, 1995) and most recently Green Christianity: Five Ways to a Sustainable Future (Fortress, 2009)
- 1. Christian Encouragement (1 Thessalonians Overview)
- 2. What A Difference! (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)
- 3. How To Please God - Part 1 (1 Thessalonians 2:1-16)
- 4. Does Your Faith Work? (1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13)
- 5. How To Please God - Part 2 (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12)
- 6. Hope That Inspires (1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11)
- 7. Faith, Love And Hope (1 Thessalonians 5:12-28)
- Leaders' Guide