1 Thessalonians 3–4:12

Background:

In the previous chapters we saw how Paul longed to be with the new believers in Thessalonica. He traveled by himself to Berea and then later to Athens due to persecution in Berea so had only been with them a few months. Ever since Paul left, his mind was clearly on the Thessalonian Christians who were going through times of trials and persecutions. As recent converts to Christianity, they lacked a full understanding of faith and suffered severe persecution. In these chapters we will see more of Paul’s heart as he loves, encourages, and prays for them.

Memory Verse:

“May He, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all His holy people. Amen.” (1 Thessalonians 3:13, NLT)

Reflection:

How have you demonstrated the hope of Christ to others this week?