Table of Contents

 

Introduction

Historical background

Purpose

Outline

Message

Exposition

I. SALUTATION AND GREETING 1:1

II. PERSONAL COMMENDATIONS AND EXPLANATIONS 1:23:13

A. Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians 1:2-10

1. Summary statement 1:2-3

2. Specific reasons 1:4-10

B. Reminders for the Thessalonians 2:1-16

1. How the gospel was delivered 2:1-12

2. How the gospel was received 2:13-16

C. Concerns for the Thessalonians 2:173:13

1. Desire to see them again 2:173:5

Paul's plan 2:17-20

Timothy's visit 3:1-5

2. Joy on hearing about them 3:6-13

Timothy's report 3:6-10

Paul's prayer 3:11-13

III. PRACTICAL INSTRUCTIONS AND EXHORTATIONS 4:15:24

A. Christian living 4:1-12

1. Continued growth 4:1-2

2. Sexual purity 4:3-8

3. Brotherly love 4:9-12

B. The Rapture 4:13-18

C. Personal watchfulness 5:1-11

D. Church life 5:12-15

1. Attitudes toward leaders 5:12-13

2. Relationships among themselves 5:14-15

E. Individual behavior 5:16-24

1. Personal actions and attitudes 5:16-18

2. Actions and attitudes in corporate living 5:19-22

3. Divine enablement 5:23-24

IV. CONCLUSION 5:25-28

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