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1Thessalonians, Chapter One, Lesson Three

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V. 6 ** As the apostle Paul concluded our study last week, he made reference to himself, Silas and Timothy in regard to "what kind of men" they had proven to be. He begins our passage for today by shifting his focus to a different group of people, who are they?

The Thessalonians, themselves.

V. 1 - Thessalonians
V. 2 - (thankful for) all of you
V. 3 - your work of faith
V. 4 - His choice of you
V. 5 - come to you in word only
V. 5 - among you for your sake

Paul's focus is completely upon the work of God in the lives of the Thessalonians, each and every one on them. As he pens this epistle of love and encouragement, he wants them all to follow his good example.

** Here in verse six, what is the first thing he says about the Thessalonian believers?

They "became imitators" of Paul, Silas and Timothy.

** What does that say about the life of Paul and his companions?

These were godly men that lived out exemplary lives!
cf. 1Corinthians 4:16, 11:1, 2Thessalonians 3:7-8, Ephesians 4:28

** Who else did the Thessalonians pattern their lives after?

The Lord! Paul's instruction regarding Christ had provided a pattern for which the Thessalonians could set the course of their individual lives.

** What is the significance about the order of those to be imitated?

The Thessalonians could only see the life of Paul, Silas and Timothy - so that was their pattern. Paul patterned his life after Jesus whom he personally knew and Jesus patterned His life after the Father's will. cf. John 4:34, Ephesians 5:1-2

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