The resulting transformation of their lives caused others to take note and comment. Those who heard about the Thessalonians’ change in lifestyle also learned about the gospel message that prompted it.In this way their lives became a sounding board that amplified the truth of the gospel, causing it to “ring out” from Thessalonica to the surrounding regions (vv. The ultimate focus of their message was Jesus, God’s resurrected and coming Son who rescues us from the judgment to come.The Philippians sent at least one monetary gift to Paul during this time (Phil. Paul's success in Thessalonica, however, was not without opposition.Some Jews became jealous of the number of Gentile converts to Christianity.The wounds on Paul's back from his beating in Philippi (Acts -24) may still have been hurting when he arrived in Thessalonica.He was treated roughly there, too (Acts 17:5), eventually having to leave town under cover of darkness (Acts ). After Paul preached Jesus as the Messiah to the Jews for three Sabbaths, many people believed (Acts 16:2-4).TODAY ALONG THE WAY The opening verse of 1 Thessalonians contains valuable insights. Written by Paul, the letter's salutation shows the important part played by Silas and Timothy in the work of the gospel.
The pledge required of Jason may have included some type of guarantee that Paul and Silas would leave the city.
Acts 17:1-15; 1 Thessalonians 1:1 We boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.
- 2 Thessalonians 1:4 TODAY IN THE WORD On November 9, 2007, Christianity Today interviewed Carl Moeller, president of Open Doors USA, part of the organization founded in 1955 by Brother Andrew.
The Thessalonians learned how to live the Christian life by observing and imitating Paul.
They in turn became a model to the believers in Macedonia and Achaia (vv. Paul gave them an example of holding to the word despite suffering.