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1Thessalonians, Chapter Three, Lesson One


Suffering Affliction


V. 1 ** As he begins our passage, how does Paul connect his thoughts to our last study?

By using the word "Therefore", this common practice for Paul was used to cause his reader to think through the profound issues at hand.

** So, let's think it through. Which two thoughts are being connected by Paul?

1. "great desire to see your face" (V.17) "you are our glory and joy" (V.20)
2. "when we could endure it no longer"

Having been "bereft" of his beloved Thessalonians, Paul simply could not stand being in the dark about their present spiritual condition.

** Do you care about other Christians in that same manner? Are you driven to the brink, just because you do not know how they are doing in their walk with the Lord?

It is so easy to develop an "out of sight, out of mind" posture. We must become more committed to the prayerful concern of others who belong to Christ!

** Paul obviously missed the Thessalonians terribly, what two actions did that bring about in his life?

1. He was willing to be left behind at Athens alone. (V.1)

2. He was willing to send his beloved Timothy to find out about the Thessalonians. (V.2)

V. 2 ** Do you think that was very easy for Paul?

Absolutely not! Paul constantly watched out for his son in the faith.
cf. 1Corinthians 4:17, 1Corinthians 16:10-11, 1Timothy 1:1-2, 2Timothy 1:1-2, 2Timothy 2:1

** In our verse two for today, how does Paul describe Timothy?

1. "our brother" - extremely valuable to Paul
2. "God's fellow worker in the gospel of Christ" and extremely valuable to God Himself.

** Before we move on, this one verse gives us two aspects of the person Timothy, what are they?

1. Who he is - "our brother"
2. What he does - "God's fellow worker"

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