The young church at Thessalonica suffered immediate persecution, and Paul was driven from the city (Acts 17:1–9). This early letter, written about A.D. 50, was intended to encourage and further instruct very new believers. This and a second letter pick up themes found in all Paul’s letters, such as the inspiration of Scripture, the deity of Christ, salvation based on Jesus’ death, personal purity, love, and especially emphasizes teaching about Jesus’ second coming. Paul clearly felt it was important to ground new converts in basic Christian doctrines.
OUTLINE OF CONTENTS
|I.||Introduction||1 Thes. 1|
|II.||A Relationship Described||1 Thes. 2–3|
|III.||Exhortation and Conclusion||1 Thes. 4–5|