OUTLINE OF PAUL’S FIRST LETTER TO THE THESSALONIANS

I. Opening address

Paul and friends (1 Thess. 1:1)

II. Memories of the Past

1. Thanksgiving

We always give thanks (1 Thess. 1:2)

We remember (1 Thess. 1:3)

God has chosen them (1 Thess. 1:4)

The power of the gospel (1 Thess. 1:5)

Imitators of the Lord (1 Thess. 1:6)

You are an example (1 Thess. 1:7)

Your faith has become known (1 Thess. 1:8)

You turned to a living and true God (1 Thess. 1:9)

You are waiting for Jesus (1 Thess. 1:10)

2. Paul’s Thessalonian ministry

My work was not in vain (1 Thess. 2:1)

We were mistreated in Philippi (1 Thess. 2:2)

We are not deceptive (Thess. 2:3)

Approved by God (1 Thess. 2:4)

We did not use flattery (1 Thess. 2:5)

We did not seek human praise (1 Thess. 2:6)

We were gentle among you (1 Thess. 2:7)

Paul cared for the Thessalonians (1 Thess. 2:8)

Paul did not burden them (1 Thess. 2:9)

We were blameless (1 Thess. 2:10)

Lead a good life (1 Thess. 2:12)

You received the word of God (1 Thess. 2:13)

3. Jews in Judea

The Jews in Judea (1 Thess. 2:14)

The Jews killed the Lord and the prophets (1 Thess. 2:15)

God will take care of them (1 Thess. 2:16)

4. I want to visit you

We were separated (1 Thess. 2:17)

I wanted to visit you (1 Thess. 2:18)

What is our hope? (1 Thess. 2:19)

You are our glory (1 Thess. 2:20)

5. The mission of Timothy

We left for Athens (1 Thess. 3:1)

We sent Timothy (1Thess. 3:2)

Suffering (1 Thess. 3:3)

We told you about sufferings (1 Thess. 3:4)

I was afraid of vain labor (1 Thess. 3:5)

6. Timothy’s good report

Timothy just got here (1 Thess. 3:6)

Encouraged by your faith (1 Thess. 3:7)

Stand firm in the Lord (1 Thess. 3:8)

How can we thank God enough? (1 Thess. 3:9)

Face to face (1 Thess. 3:10)

7. Final prayer

May God direct us to you (1 Thess. 3:11)

May your love increase (1 Thess. 3:12)

Blameless at the second coming (1 Thess. 3:13)

III. Instructions for the future

1. An appeal for purity

Please God! (1 Thess. 4:1)

The instructions (1 Thess. 4:2)

The will of God (1 Thess. 4:3)

Control your own body (1 Thess. 4:4)

No lusty passions (1 Thess. 4:5)

The Lord is an avenger (1 Thess. 4:6)

The call to holiness (1 Thess. 4:7)

You are rejecting God (1 Thess. 4:8)

2. An appeal for love

Love one another (1 Thess. 4:9)

Love the brothers in Macedonia (1 Thess. 4:10)

Mind your own affairs (1 Thess. 4:11)

Behave properly (1 Thess. 4:12)

3. The return of Jesus

Those who have died (1 Thess. 4:13)

God will bring those who died (1 Thess. 4:14)

The coming of the Lord (1 Thess. 4:15)

The Lord will descend from heaven (1 Thess. 4:16)

We will meet the Lord (1 Thess. 4:17)

Encourage one another (1 Thess. 4:18)

4. The day of the Lord

Nothing written (1 Thess. 5:1)

A thief in the night (1 Thess. 5:2)

There will be no escape (1 Thess. 5:3)

You are not in darkness (1 Thess. 5:4)

You are children of the day (1 Thess. 5:5)

Let us keep awake (1 Thess. 5:6)

They get drunk at night (1 Thess. 5:7)

Let us be sober! (1 Thess. 5:8)

Salvation (1 Thess. 5:9)

We live with Christ (1 Thess. 5:10)

Encourage one another! (1 Thess. 5:11)

Respect the people in charge (1 Thess. 5:12)

5. Final exhortation

Be at peace (1 Thess. 5:13)

Be patient! (1 Thess. 5:14)

Do not repay evil for evil (1 Thess. 5:15)

Rejoice always! (1 Thess. 5:16)

Pray without ceasing! (1 Thess. 5:17)

Give thanks! (1 Thess. 5:18)

Do not quench the Spirit! (1 Thess. 5:19)

Do not despise the words of prophets! (1 Thess. 5:20)

Test everything! (1 Thess. 5:21)

Abstain from every form of evil (1 Thess. 5:22)

IV. Conclusion

The God of peace (1 Thess. 5:23)

The faithful one (1 Thess. 5:24)

Pray for us! (1 Thess. 5:25)

Greet all the brothers (1 Thess. 5:26)

Read this letter to everyone (1 Thess. 5:27)

The grace of our Lord be with you (1 Thess. 5:28)

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