Parish Study | 5.23 | 1 Thess 3

Parish Study | 1 Thess 3

Summary: Paul so wants to know how the church in Thessalonica is doing that he decides to send his beloved Timothy to encourage the Thessalonians and send back a report. He is concerned because he knows the Thessalonians are facing many afflictions because of their faith, and he does not want them to be so worn out that they fall away. The report he receives back from Timothy is extremely encouraging! They are living in faith and love, and just as Paul had remembered them so they too had remembered Paul.

This passage teaches us to expect suffering, but not to write it off. We need the encouragement of one another in our suffering for the gospel. We are in this together with Christ as our model and savior.
Pray for God to open our hearts to his word.
One person reads 1 Thessalonians 3 out loud
Move through the below questions as a group
1. What type of suffering should we expect for our faith? How has this changed in our context over time?
2. How can we encourage one another amidst suffering?
3. What is the importance of being physically present and hearing one another's stories? 
1 Thessalonians 3:1-13
(ESV): Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone, 2 and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s coworker in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith, 3 that no one be moved by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this. 4 For when we were with you, we kept telling you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction, just as it has come to pass, and just as you know. 5 For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our labor would be in vain.
Timothy’s Encouraging Report
6 But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love and reported that you always remember us kindly and long to see us, as we long to see you— 7 for this reason, brothers, in all our distress and affliction we have been comforted about you through your faith. 8 For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord. 9 For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, 10 as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?
11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, 12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.