1 Thessalonians 1: Example of Faith

Why were Silvanus and Timothy mentioned in Paul’s greeting to the Thessalonians?

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1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the assembly in Thessalonica, believers in God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. May he favor you with peace and contentment in him.
King James
1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

What reasons did Paul have to be thankful for the believers in Thessalonica?

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1 Thessalonians 1:2–3 We thank God for you as we mention you in our prayers, remembering your faith and work of love, your enduring hope because of our Lord Jesus Christ.
King James
1 Thessalonians 1:2–3 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

What makes people “special”?

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1 Thessalonians 1:4 You are a special people, chosen by God.
King James
1 Thessalonians 1:4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

Why does preaching need to be more than pleasant words?

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1 Thessalonians 1:5 When we brought the good news, you heard more than pleasant words. We came in the power of the Holy Spirit, and you were sure of the truth because you saw the truth being practiced as well as preached.
King James
1 Thessalonians 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

Do actions speak louder than words? Why?

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1 Thessalonians 1:5 When we brought the good news, you heard more than pleasant words. We came in the power of the Holy Spirit, and you were sure of the truth because you saw the truth being practiced as well as preached.
King James
1 Thessalonians 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

How could believers benefit in sharing hardships?

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1 Thessalonians 1:6–7 As you followed our example in knowing the Lord, you shared our hardships as well as our joy in the Holy Spirit. You became examples to the believers throughout Greece—from Macedonia to Achaia.
King James
1 Thessalonians 1:6–7 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

How do disciples honor their leader?

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John 15:20 “Remember what I said before. The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you. If they had listened to me, they would listen to you.”
John 17:4 “I have glorified you on Earth by completing the work you gave me to do.”
1 Thessalonians 1:8 From the north to the south and places beyond, your faith in God has been expressed so well, we hardly have anything to add.
King James
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”
1 Thessalonians 1:8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.

What is the best definition of an “idol”?

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Exodus 20:3 Don’t allow anyone or anything to be more important to you than me.
1 Corinthians 10:7 When anything becomes more important to us than God, we have allowed ourselves to slip into idolatry. This is what our ancestors did, as Scripture says, They rose early the next morning to offer burnt offerings and peace offerings to the golden calf, feasting and drinking and enjoying pleasures of the flesh.
Colossians 3:5 Therefore, put your self-pleasing desires to death—passions for sex, power, and possessions. Don’t let your desire for earthly things become idols that you worship more than God.
1 Thessalonians 1:9 Everywhere we go, we hear how eagerly you received the message of Jesus Christ and left your idols to serve our living and true God.
King James
Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
1 Corinthians 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;

To what extent should we anticipate Jesus’ return?

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Matthew 24:42 “Always be watching, because you do not know when your Lord will come.”
Matthew 25:13 “Likewise, you should always be prepared, because you do not know when the Son of Man will come.”
1 Thessalonians 1:10 You await Jesus’ return in the clouds, the one God raised from the dead, who saved us from the coming judgment.
King James
Matthew 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.