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
- 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.