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1Thessalonians, Chapter Two, Lesson One

BOLD IN CHRIST            Page 2

Bold in Christ


V. 1 ** In verse five of this 2nd chapter, we will see Paul call on God Himself to be a witness to the type of testimony he had before the Thessalonians. For today, upon whom does Paul call to verify the effectiveness of his evangelism?

The Thessalonians - "...you yourselves know..."
The word used here for "know" is oida and means "to have seen or perceived" - hence to know.

** With that definition established in our thinking, how did the Thessalonians know about Paul's effective evangelism?

These believers had first hand knowledge of Paul's life and ministry in the gospel. They saw it!

** According to verse one, how effective was Paul's impact upon those who lived in Thessalonica?

It "...was not in vain..." The Thessalonians had believed the gospel message and been miraculously saved by the word of God's grace.
cf. Acts 14:3, Acts 20:32, 1Thessalonians 1:7-8

V. 2 ** Paul will often use contrasts to make his point. Having established the joy of his effective evangelism in the minds of the Thessalonians, what does he now contrast it with in verse two?

Suffering - the price which must be paid, if we hope to be effective for the Lord.
cf. 2Timothy 3:12

** Is Paul referring to just a little suffering?

No - They experienced "much opposition" there in Thessalonica, and even more when back in Philippi. All see - Acts 16:11-14, 16-19, 22-24, 25-31 and compare Acts 17:1

** Did all of that suffering in Philippi take the wind out of Paul's sail? Did he start to water down the message of God's saving gospel?

No - on both counts. Paul says,"we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel..."

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