LESSON 10 7/2/2016
PAUL, THE WRITER
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 153, 197
Devotional Reading: 2 Pet 3: 14-18
Topic for Adults: A Legacy of Letters
Topic for Youths: Speaking Through Time and Space
Topic for Intermediates: Living Letters
Scripture Lesson: Eph. 3: 1-3; Phil. 1: 12-14; Col. 4:18; 1 Tim. 6: 13-16; 2 Tim. 1: 13-14; Tit. 1: 5
Memory Verse: The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is a sign in every epistle; so I write. (2 Thess. 3:17) NKJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
Writing to Encourage Believers
1 Thess. 3:1-7
Paul started the Church in Thessalonica on his second missionary journey and his first foray into Europe (Acts 17:1-9). Thessalonica was the capital of the Roman province of Macedonia. After Paul left, he sent Timothy back to see how the Church was doing, and when Timothy returned, Paul wrote in response to Timothy’s report. Paul wrote this letter (1) to express satisfaction and thanked God for the healthy spiritual condition of the Church (1:2-10), (2) to make a strong case against the false insinuations against himself and his associates (2:1-3,13), and (3) to suggest specific ways in which the already strong Christian behaviour of the Thessalonians could be improved as they lived a life of holiness (4:1-5,24). He also encouraged believers who had lost loved ones that the hope of the resurrection of saints at Jesus Christ’s return is real.
Point of Emphasis: Use every means to encourage other believers.
Prayer Point: Lord, help me stand firm in the truth and bring joy to the leaders.