Wednesday, September 3, 2014

An Introduction to the New Testament (Session 12 - Paul's First Letter to the Thessalonians & His Letter to Philemon)

You may listen to a podcast of this session at PodBean.

During this session, we considered Paul's First Letter to the Thessalonians & his Letter to Philemon.

Considering Paul's First Letter to the Thessalonians & His Letter to Philemon

Around A.D. 50, Paul wrote a letter to a gentile Christian community the city of Thessalonika.

  • Paul established a church in Thessalonika, a culturally diverse, Greek commercial city that had cultivated the favor of Rome. 
  • The Christian community in Thessalonika was facing persecution. 

In the letter, Paul encourage a beleaguered church to continue in it’s new way of life. He does it by writing two things:

  • He offers thanks for their acceptance of the word in spite of persecution. (1 Thessalonians 1–3) 
  • He also exhorts them to offers thanks for their acceptance of the word in spite of persecution. (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12; 5:4-28) 

In the middle of the second section, Paul answers a question that the Thessalonians must have asked.

Between A.D. 55 and 61, Paul wrote a letter to man named Philemon about his slave Onesimus.

  • Paul was in prison when he wrote the letter. 
  • Philemon was a Gentile Christian.
  • The purpose was to reconcile Philemon to his returning slave Onesimus.

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