1 Thessalonians 5

Background:

Both letters written to the Thessalonians—as well as to all future believers—are letters of preparation and anticipation. Our Savior’s return is emphasized in both letters. As we wait in anticipation of Christ’s return, Paul provides in this chapter clear instruction on how to keep fully engaged with our own sanctification. A major theme is to “encourage one another.” Chapter 5 is rife with hope and instructive living—helpful for us amidst upheaval and sadness of every kind.

Memory Verse:

“Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23, NLT)

Reflection:

Has your anticipation of the Rapture been increased this week? How will you keep this feeling alive and vibrant?