Current Teaching Series
This winter/spring session we will be focusing on the book of First Thessalonians. Many scholars believe that it is the first Epistle that Paul wrote, during his stay at Corinth, on his second missionary tour in 51 A.D.. This may also make it the first book written in the New Testament.
Having just spent just three weeks in Thessalonica, Paul and Silas fled under persecution by the local Jewish leaders. Nonetheless, God’s spirit had been firmly established in the hearts of many gentile god-fearers, many prominent women of the city, and even several Jewish leaders in the community. In short, a church was born as they believed that Jesus was the coming Messiah.
Because of his short tenure in the city, Paul was compelled by the Spirit to disciple his new flock from afar. Hence, the art of letter writing that gave Christian instruction was developed. It was a practice Paul repeats thirteen times in the New Testament and it became a common practice amongst the contemporaries of his day.
Thessalonians carries a unique theme throughout every chapter. Paul seems to be addressing a concern and fascination of the Thessalonian church. The question he answers is, “When and how will the Lord Jesus return to be rejoined with his followers?”
Paul at the end of every chapter of the book touches on this theological issue of Eschatology. In chapter four he dedicates attention to a lengthy “revelation” about this subject. It has become both the foundation for doctrine amongst denominations, and a point of theological controversy that rages on to this very day!
Join us each Sunday as we explore the riches of Paul’s teaching to the Thessalonians. His practical advise is very much needed for our lives today.
In Christ Alone;