Thessalonians 1 & 2
These letters are shorter than some Pauline writings and sometimes do not receive the attention that Romans and Corinthians get. However, the first letter to the Thessalonians is likely the earliest written description of the Christian movement. Paul was hard at work in his missionary activity and had not yet needed to respond to issues which arose in evolving communities. Therefore, he focuses on eschatological hope which was an important characteristic of the early Christian movement. Reflecting on this writing is certainly helpful for today’s Christians, seeking the hope promised by the life and death of Jesus.
The second letter to the Thessalonians may be an original from Paul, or more likely, a later writing by a disciple of Paul. Again, a review of the hope of Jesus’ return is likely to be a help in today’s Christian understanding. The two letters to the Thessalonians help to understand hope with patience regarding Jesus’ return.
Introduction to the Course
Week 1: Greetings and Thanksgiving
Week 2: The Bonds of Affection
Week 3: A Messenger and His Message
Week 4: Instructions of Christian Life
Week 5: Eschatology and Final Admonitions
Week 6: More Thanksgiving
Week 7: Resistance and Delay
Week 8: Some Practical Advice