Not in Vain

1 Thessalonians 2: 1-20

“For you yourselves know brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain. But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict. For our exhortation did not come from deceit or uncleanness, nor was it in guile. But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2: 1-4.

Many of us can become quite discouraged when we are railed upon by someone who hates Christ, or does not, “Want our religious stuff shoved down their throats.” Very often this can happen when we just offer them a Christian tract (a short pamphlet with a gospel message), or quote a Bible verse; then, bang, they go off the rails. A simple, “No thank you” would suffice, but there are a lot of people out there who know that Christians are supposed to, “Turn the other cheek”, so they use that as an excuse to be rude.

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Faith Hope Love

1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10

“Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father…” 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-3.

This letter written and sent from Corinth to the church at Thessalonica, a port city in Macedonia, is either the first or second of Paul’s writings. Since the book of Galatians was written anywhere from 49 A.D. to 55 A.D. depending on which theory you accept, and the Thessalonian letters were written 50 or 51 A.D. it is a toss up as to which is first. By the way, the book of James is the first book written in the New Testament, circa 45 to 50 A.D. and the gospel of Mark comes in fourth after Thessalonians, having been written in the 50s A.D.

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