Further Study: The Gospel Comes To Thessalonica
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“From Paul’s day to the present time, God by His Holy Spirit has been calling after the Jew as well as the Gentile. ‘There is no respect of persons with God,’ declared Paul. The apostle regarded himself as ‘debtor both to the Greeks, and to the barbarians,’ as well as to the Jews; but he … [Click to read more …]

A Brief History and Geography of Thessalonica
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This quarter’s lessons focus on two of Paul’s letters to the church at Thessalonica. Today the city is called Thessaloniki and is a major a sea port of Greece on the northwestern shore of the Aegean Sea. It has a history that spans more that 2300 years. From its beginning in the kingdom of Macedon … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: A Church Is Born
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According to Acts 17:1-4, 12, what classes of people made up the core of the Thessalonian church plant? A part of Paul’s missionary strategy was “to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Rom. 1:16, ESV). During Paul’s ministry, the Jews regularly received the first opportunity to hear and accept the gospel. And the … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Suffering before Glory
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Jesus, like Paul, studied the Old Testament and drew the conclusion that the Messiah would “have to suffer these things and then enter his glory” (Luke 24:26, NIV). The “have to” of Luke 24:26 translates the same word as Acts 17:3 (NIV),where Paul says the Messiah “had to suffer.” For Jesus and Paul, the priority … [Click to read more …]

01: The Gospel Comes to Thessalonica – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : We need to be grounded in the Bible and its truth, as the Word is ultimately important in our lives, mission, and witness.   [Teaching Plan for “The Gospel Comes to Thessalonica” July 2, 2012]  1. Have a volunteer read Acts 16:18-30. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Two Views of the Messiah
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Since ancient times, readers of the Old Testament have noticed a variety of perspectives in the prophecies pointing toward the Messiah. Most Jews and early Christians identified two major strands in the Messianic prophecies. On the one hand, there were texts that pointed toward a royal Messiah: a conquering king who would bring justice to … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Paul’s Preaching Strategy
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What does Acts 17:1-3 tell us about the where, the when, and the how of Paul’s preaching strategy in Thessalonica? Although 1 Thessalonians was among Paul’s earliest letters, both his theology and missionary strategy were well developed by the time he arrived in Thessalonica. The first step in Paul’s missionary strategy was to attend the … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Preachers Pay a Price
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Read Acts 16:9-40. According to the passage, why did the Philippians react so negatively to the gospel? What important principle can we find in their reaction that we always need to be wary of ourselves? In what other ways can this principle be made manifest, even in the lives of professed Christians? The gospel is … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Gospel Comes to Thessalonica
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Read for This Week’s Study: Acts 16:9-40; Acts 17:1-4,12; Jer. 23:1-6; Isa. 9:1-7; Isaiah 53:1-12; Rom. 1:16. Memory Text: “And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who … [Click to read more …]