Further Study: Joyous and Thankful


“The arrival of Silas and Timothy from Macedonia, during Paul’s sojourn in Corinth, had greatly cheered the apostle. They brought him ‘good tidings’ of the ‘faith and charity’ of those who had accepted the truth during the first visit of the gospel messengers to Thessalonica. Paul’s heart went out in tender sympathy toward these believers, … [Click to read more …]

04: Joyous and Thankful – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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Thankful Adventists Once upon a time there was a mid-sized Seventh-day Adventist church with about 150 people attending every Sabbath. As the years rolled on, certain factions developed within the church. There were the hard-working, rough-talking folks. And the genteel ones who could wear a spotless white suit bearing a white orchid and look with … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Further Evidence of Faith (1 Thess. 1:8-10)

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Read 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10. In what ways does this passage offer additional evidence of the Thessalonians’ faith? Paul continues the sentence that began in verse 2 by explaining how he knows the Thessalonians have become a model or type to the other believers in Macedonia (where Thessalonica was located) and Achaia (where Corinth was located). First, they were … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Doing What Paul Would Do (1 Thess. 1:6, 7)


Read 1Thessalonians 1:6-7. What is Paul’s message there? How are we to understand this in light of the idea of Christ as our ultimate example? Most translations do not show this, but in verse 6 Paul continues the same sentence that he began in verse 2 and carries it on through verse 10. The main topic of this lengthy sentence is … [Click to read more …]

04: Joyous and Thankful – Teaching Plan

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Key Thought : Christians should be thankful for the way God’s grace can transform a person’s life and be encouraging to other growing Christians. [Teaching plan for “Joyous and Thankful” July 23, 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read I Thessalonians 1:1-4. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Assurance in Christ (1 Thess. 1:5)


Read 1 Thessalonians 1:5. How do we gain the assurance that we are right with God? What three evidences in the lives of the Thessalonians indicated to Paul that they were right with God? Verse 5 begins with “for” or “because.” In this verse Paul details the grounds for his conviction that the Thessalonians were “chosen” … [Click to read more …]

Monday: God Has Chosen You (1 Thess. 1:4)

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Read 1 Thessalonians 1:4. What does it mean that God has chosen or elected us? Does that mean we don’t really have a choice? On the other hand, does it mean that someone who is not chosen by God cannot have salvation even if he or she wants it? Verse 4 continues the same extended sentence … [Click to read more …]