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Bible in a Year, Week 10: 1, 2 Thessalonians

This is the tenth weekly reading in the plan for reading your Bible in one year. The assignment for this week is 1 & 2 Thessalonians. It should only take about 5 minutes a day, or about 1-2 chapters a day to complete the assignment.

Here are some comments to help you grow in knowledge and faith as you read 1 & 2 Thessalonians:

Background: Thessalonica was a leading city in Macedonia at the time of Paul. It was a crossroads by land and by city. It was a center for commerce, business, and the Roman military. At that time it had a population of about 200,000. Paul had visited the city on his second missionary journey around 51 A.D. It seems that he wrote 1 Thessalonians shortly after in late 51 or early 52 A.D from the city of Corinth.

1 Thessalonians 1: Paul opens this letter in standard form consisting of three parts: A) Author, B) Recipients, C) Greeting. Following this Paul states his thanks for the Thessalonian Christians. Of course, thanks is given to God for his work in them. His Word powerfully worked in their hearts as they heard the good news about Jesus from Paul. As they joyfully responded to the gospel, they continued to welcome Paul with much hospitality. Even after that they continued in their faith despite much opposition that resulted in many sufferings. Paul was thankful though that they were remaining in the faith. Read the rest of this entry