Despite the problems, Paul is encouraged by the believers in Thessalonica.
1. How did Paul give the Thessalonians the Good News that God had entrusted to him?
v 4 to 6 But even as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News, so we speak: not as pleasing men, ... For neither were we at any time found using words of flattery, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness ... nor seeking glory from men (neither from you nor from others) ...
2. Why does Paul thank God without ceasing?
v 13 For this cause we also thank God without ceasing, that when you received from us the word of the message of God, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also works in you who believe.
3. In what way were the Thessalonians like the brothers in Judea?
v 14 ... for you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews
- v 1 to 7 Despite having had problems in Philippi, Paul was keen to give the Thessalonians the Good News of God gently without any hidden motives
- v 8 to 13 Because of his love for them, Paul worked so that he would not be a financial burden to them while preaching the Good News of God. Like a father talking to his children, Paul wanted them to understand that his message was from God and not men
- v 14 to 18 Like many other believers, they suffered at the hand of their own countrymen. Paul wanted to come and see them, but opposition from what he calls ‘Satan’ prevented this
- v 19 and 20 He reminds them of his hope that they will all meet in the presence of Jesus at his coming