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1Thessalonians, Chapter Three, Lesson One

SUFFERING AFFLICTION            Page 3
V. 2 (cont'd.)

** Why did Paul send Timothy to the Thessalonians?

"To strengthen and encourage [them] as to [their] faith.

** Should we be able to apply that same description to our own lives?

Certainly! We are all brothers and sisters in Christ and hopefully all that we do is done, as if working with God, in the advancing of His kingdom by the sharing of the gospel.

V. 3 ** What had happened in the life of Paul which might be used by Satan to "disturb" the new faith of these Thessalonians?

He was "Suffering Affliction".

** What did they know about his suffering?

"...we have been destined for this..." cf. 1Thess.2:14 (all Christians) and John 16:1-4, 12, 33, Acts 14:21-22

V. 4 ** How did the Thessalonians become aware of Paul's prediction for "Suffering Affliction"?

He told them! "...when we were with you, we kept telling you in advance that we were going to suffer affliction; and so it came to pass, as you know."

V. 5 ** We are very aware of Paul's propensity for rejoicing, even in the midst of trials. Here in verse five he goes way beyond merely rejoicing, what was Paul's major concern in life - his afflictions?

"...to find out about your faith..." Paul did not care about "Suffering Affliction", what he cared about was the growth and stability of the Thessalonians' faith in Christ.

** Did Paul know their spiritual condition?

No - that was why he sent Timothy. (V.2)

** What was at the heart of his concern? What did he think might have taken place?

That Satan had tempted them and all of Paul's labor had become in vain.

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