By Jacob W. Elias
Jacob W. Elias invitations us to pay attention in whereas Paul and his missionary partners inspire and warn believers in old Thessalonica. Elias indicates Paul dealing pastorally with daily issues of church existence whereas reminding his converts concerning the enormous photograph. What God has performed during the loss of life and resurrection of Jesus Christ will but be delivered to wonderful crowning glory. The church has an lively position to play in God's redemptive challenge on the earth. at the present time, apocalyptic biblical texts are usually overlooked or misused. yet Elias tells how the gospel proclaimed to the Thessalonians undergirds the nurture of church buildings marked through religion, love, and desire.
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Especially important is the triad of qualities and commitments which Paul and his companions list as reasons for their thanksgiving: your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope (1:3). Faith, love, and hope appear together prominently elsewhere in Paul's letters, notably in 1 Corinthians 13:13, though in a different order. In 1 Thessalonians this is also the case, most explicitly in 3:10-13 and 5:8. The three themes of faith, love, and hope appear to signal the structure of the letter as a whole.
Wish Prayer 3:11-13 2:16-17; 3:5 C. Exhortations 4:15:22 3:1-15 Closing 5:23-28 3:16-18 A. Peace Wish 5:23-24 3:16 B. Greetings (5:26) 3:17 C. Kiss 5:26 D. Apostolic command 5:25, 27 E. Benediction 5:28 3:18 [Epistolary Analysis, p. ] These Letters Also Preach! Paul's letters to the congregation at Thessalonica were shaped not only by the epistolary conventions of the day. The fact that Paul and his co-workers were preachers also shows in these letters. In a real sense, Paul's letters substitute not only for his personal presence but also for his preaching.
While discerning content and direction for these worship services, I meditated on several of Paul's letters. I was especially impressed by the way 1 Thessalonians seems to address issues still facing our churches. The fact that this letter is short also helped! The progression of themes in the letter could readily be adapted for a series of inspirational congregational Bible studies. Since that time I have had the privilege of preaching and teaching from the Thessalonian epistles in a variety of congregations and other settings in both Canada and the United States.