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Book: 1 Thessalonians
Author: Paul
Age Written: AD 50 During Second Church Planting Trip From Corinth
To: Christians in Thessalonica
Problem: The Pattern for Church Life and Correction
of Misunderstanding about the Second Coming
Audience: Those who are concerned about
understanding the Second Coming of Jesus
Geography: Corinth and Thessalonica

Read ThessaloniansPaul received word from Timothy and Silas while in Corinth that the Thessalonians church was being persecuted by the local synagogue. Paul had only been able to stay with this new church for three to four weeks. That did not give him very much time to establish a firm foundation for these new believers. Apparently, Paul had taught them about the Second Coming of Jesus[ref]These two questions were offered as a way of thinking about the material of 1 Thessalonians by Dr. James Kallas in a course on Pauline Studies in which I was a student during my days at Fuller Seminary in the 1970s.[/ref] because there was some misunderstanding and questions that had arisen about this theme. He wrote the church to encourage them during their time of persecution and to answer the two questions, which they had raised. A note of explanation. Sometimes you can read what answers are being given and deduce what the questions may have been. Think of it as listening to one side of a phone conversation and trying to figure out what the other side is saying. It is with that scenario that we proceed. After Paul congratulates the Thessalonian believers he turned to answer the two questions[ref]Gundry, A Survey of the New Testament, 363.[/ref] that may have precipitated the writing of the letter.

  • The first question was: What happens to those who die before the return of Christ?
  • When will Christ return?

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Jesus Followers


There are many synonyms to use for the word believer, which is the most common word for a person who has "converted" to follow Jesus. I have chosen "Jesus follower(s) or follower(s) of Jesus instead of the word believer in these presentations to allow the reader an opportunity to move away from the idea of believer which conjures up the possible thought of "ascent" to a set of doctrines that have been assembled by different groups over the centuries and show up in this day and age as a set of statements posted on web sites and other written material. These sets of beliefs are suggested by many as the ones that one should ascent to so that upon death the one who assents can go to heaven, i.e., just believe and you are good to go. Jesus followers/followers of Jesus suggest an action that one should take. Remember, Jesus told his disciples to follow him. Yes, belief is important, but one must move beyond belief to action.


(See "Discipleship" Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. 182-188.)