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Reading through The Bible - 1 Thessalonians








Some Books of the bible are very short and some are very long but this one is one of the shortest.








1st Thessalonians  -  NEW TESTAMENT  -  EPISTLE

13th book of the NT 
52nd book of the Bible



It starts with a greeting of grace and peace from God in chapter 1 verse 1

"Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
        Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the           Lord Jesus Christ."



and immediately reassures the believers of the prayers and thanks made to God about them in the second verse of the first chapter








What is it?

The Book of 1 Thessalonians is one of the EPISTLES in the New Testament which means it is a Letter.



How Long is it?

It has 5 chapters.



When was it Written?

It was written about 50 AD



Who Wrote it?

The Apostle Paul

The first verse tells us the author and the names of two others who were with him at the time.

"Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."

 







Who was it Written to?

It was written to the believers living in Thessalonica in Macedonia (which is now northern Greece)


Teach Sunday School  tells us the following

Paul had spent around 3 months in Thessalonica.

Later he wanted to check up on them so he sent Timothy to visit them and he came back with a good report so Paul wrote this as a letter of encouragement. 


 

 


What is it normally well-known for?

As being one of the places in the bible to find info on the second coming

and 

encouragement for how to live in the will of God.








Why was it Written? 

It was written to commend the believers for their love as seen in


verse 12 of chapter 3






and to instruct them about the return of Christ in



verses 16-17 of chapter 4




and to have them continue to love, encourage and support each other in


verse 11 of chapter 5








The Overview Bible  tells us the following


"Paul has heard a good report on the church at Thessalonica, and encourages them to “excel still more” in faith, hope, and love."



Teach Sunday School  tells us the following

"Paul uses this book to encourage the church in their pursuit of holiness, diligence, love and hope.  He tells them to walk in the light and makes many mentions of the second coming."





Which other Epistles speak of the second coming of Christ?

Romans
1 Corinthians
2 Thessalonians
2 Peter
Jude

see 





Which other books of the Bible is this linked to? 

Paul wrote 2 epistles to the Thessalonians so this one is followed by 2nd Thessalonians







How does it end?


With the famous admonition in

 verses 16-18 of chapter 5

 







and as usual in Paul's epistles we also have the final greeting or blessing


verses 23 of chapter 5









The Overview Bible  gives us this


Quick outline of 1 Thessalonians

  1. Commendation for faith, hope, and love (1Thes 1–3)
    • The Thessalonians’ example (1 Thes 1)
    • Paul’s history with them (1 Thes 2)
    • Timothy’s visit and report (1 Thes 3)
  2. Challenge to grow in these areas even more (1Thes 4–5)
    • Love for others (1 Thes 4:1–12)
    • Hope for the Lord’s return (1 Thes 4:13–18)
    • Preparation for the Lord’s return (1 Thes 5)










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Reading Through The Bible - Ephesians









Some Books of the bible are very short and some are very long but this one is one of the shortest.








Ephesians  -  NEW TESTAMENT  -  EPISTLE

10th book of the NT 
49th book of the Bible



It starts with a reminder about the redemption & forgiveness we have in Jesus and His grace in
  chapter 1 v 7








What is it?

The Book of Ephesians is one of the Epistles in the New Testament which means it is a Letter.



How Long is it?

It has 6 chapters.



When was it Written?

It is generally thought to have been written between 60 & 62 AD.



Who Wrote it?

Apostle Paul

Chapter 1 v 1 tells us the answer straight away 

"Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,"





Who was it Written to?

It was written to the church at Ephesus as we see in
ch. 1 v 1
 "To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus"






Why was it Written? 

Paul had visited Ephesus twice and this letter was written while he was in Prison to encourage the Christians he had met there and the others in the church.  


The Overview Bible  tells us the following

"Paul writes to the church at Ephesus about how to walk in grace, peace, and love."


 


What is the main theme? 

It focuses on being called by Grace 






and how to walk in the Faith





The Overview Bible  tells us the following:

"Paul wrote Ephesians to accomplish two things:
  1. Describe the Christian’s calling. The first half of the letter focuses on the Ephesians’ calling. They were chosen by God, sealed with His Spirit, and saved by His grace. 
  2. Prescribe the Christian’s walk. The second half teaches how to “walk in a manner worthy” of the Christian’s calling (Eph 4:1). Paul outlines what the Christian walk looks like in various facets of life."

Teach Sunday School  tells us the following

"Paul encouraged the believers telling them they were the adopted sons of God ....  picked before the foundation of the world."
"Paul encouraged the believers to walk in a manner worthy of their calling."




What 2 special relationships does Paul teach about in Ephesians?


Parents & Children.

Husbands and wives.








What very well-known passage in included in this Book?

The Christian Armour in Chapter 6 v 10 - 18

This is where Paul tells the believers to know their enemy and how to stand against him.

This ends with the order to Pray continually in
 verse 18








How does it end?


It ends with the announcement that Paul has sent Tychicus to comfort them and tell them all the news of Paul.

and then a Blessing in ch. 6 v 23-24


23 Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  
24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

 

Quick outline of Ephesians

  1. Our calling in Christ (Eph 1–3)
    • Identity in Christ (Eph 1)
    • Grace in Christ (Eph 2:1–10)
    • Peace in Christ (Eph 2:11–22)
    • Paul’s calling (Eph 3:1–13)
    • Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians (Eph 3:14–21)
  2. Our walk in Christ (Eph 4–6)
    • Walk in unity (Eph 4:1–16)
    • Walk differently from the world (Eph 4:17–31)
    • Walk carefully (Eph 5:1–21)
    • Walk in love (Eph 5:22–6:9)
    • Stand firm in the armour of God (Eph 6:10–24)









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Reading Through The Bible - GALATIANS








Some Books of the bible are very short and some are very long but this one is one of the shortest.








GALATIANS  -  NEW TESTAMENT  -  EPISTLES

9th book of the NT 
48th book of the Bible



It starts with a blessing and reminder of salvation through Jesus in chapter 1 verses 3-5







I love the blessings pronounced in God's Word and we can see in the Epistles that they form lovely greetings.




What is it?

The Book of Galatians is one of the Epistles in the New Testament which means it is a Letter.



How Long is it?

It has 6 chapters.



When was it Written?

It is generally thought to have been written between 49 & 50 AD.




Who Wrote it?

The Apostle Paul

The first 2 verses tells us who it was from 
"Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead)," 
and all the brethren who are with me,"



Who was it Written to?

Verse 2 tells us who it was written to 

and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia "






Why was it Written? 

It was written because Paul wanted to clarify certain things for the Galatian Christians. 
 


The Overview Bible  tells us the following

"Paul hears that the Galatian churches have been led to think that salvation comes from the law of Moses, and writes a (rather heated) letter telling them where the false teachers have it wrong.."


Teach Sunday School  tells us the following

"The Galatians were starting to say Gentiles must follow the Jewish laws in order to be saved. It was confusing the people and putting a burden on them that was unnecessary. Paul wanted to straighten that out."




What did Paul want to explain about himself?


He wanted to talk about himself as an Apostle along with the other Apostles.

About what Christ's crucifixion meant to him personally and where his faith was found as we see in chapter 2 v 20






What did Paul want the Galatians to know about Christianity?


He wanted them to know exactly where their faith had to be focused - not on law and instructions but in Christ as we partly see in  chapter 3 v 26







What is the Book of Galatians most well-known for? 


It contains the passage about the Fruit of the Spirit in chapter 5 verses 22 - 23


22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 

23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.









How does it end?


With an instruction to continue to do good deeds
 in chapter 6 v 9
 





and
bringing their attention back again to the cross
 in chapter 6 v 9









OUTLINE of GALATIANS


The Overview Bible  gives us the following


  1. The gospel under attack in Galatia (Ga 1:1–10)
  2. History of the Law vs. grace debate (Ga 1:11–2:21)
  3. Salvation via faith vs. salvation via works (Ga 3)
  4. Slavery vs. sons and heirs of God (Ga 4)
  5. The sinful flesh vs. the Holy Spirit (Ga 5)
  6. How to do good in Christian community (Ga 6)











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