Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10. Our feature verse is 1 Thessalonians 1:2, “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.”
In this lesson we’re going to look at 1 Thessalonians 1. This is a letter from Paul, Silvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians. Paul starts the letter like most of his others saying grace and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul says he gives thanks to God for them always in his prayers. Why is Paul thankful for them? In verse 3 Paul tells them he is thankful for them because of their work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in Christ. Paul acknowledges that they not only accepted the Word of God he preached to them, but they also received the power of the Holy Spirit.
Paul talks about how the Thessalonians were an example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia, and to every place their faith in God was spread. We need to give thanks to God for our fellow believers whether they are fellow church members or friends.
Then in verse 10, Paul talks about them waiting for the return of Jesus, if they were waiting way back then, how much more should we be anxiously awaiting Christ’s return for us today.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.
8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.
9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, [even] Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
Things to think about:
- Why is Paul thankful for the Thessalonians?
- How can we compare our church to the Thessalonians?
- Are you an example good to those around you?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for Your grace toward us. You knew that in our human state there was no way we could keep the law. Thank You for Your Son, whom You raised from the dead, and delivered us from the wrath to come. Help us to be faithful to You. Thank You for the love and the hope we have in Christ. We love You, LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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Give Thanks is a Daily Bible Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman and Friends. Give Thanks contains 21 Daily Bible Reading lessons that remind us to have an attitude of gratitude and to be thankful and grateful for everything.
Each lesson contains a brief commentary, Daily Bible Reading Scriptures, a few questions for contemplation or discussion, and a prayer for the day. Give Thanks is a great Bible study for individual or group Bible studies.
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