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1 Thessalonians

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Lesson

A main theme of 1 Thessalonians is the second coming of Christ.

Outline

Paul and His Letters

Part 2
 

II.  1 Thessalonians

A.  Occasion of the Letter

B.  Reason for the Letter

1.  Praise church (1:2-10; 2:13; 3:6-10)

2.  Encourage church (1:6; 2:1-2, 14; 3:4)

3.  Defend his actions (1:5; 2:1)

4.  Clarify issue of parousia

C.  Outline of the Letter

1.  Salutation – 1:1

2.  Thanksgiving – 1:2-10

3.  Body of Letter – 2:1-3:13

a.  Defense of mission – 2:1-16

b.  Defense of concern for Thessalonica – 2:17-3:13

4.  Exhortation – 4:1-5:22

a.  Moral duties – 4:1-12

b.  Concerning the "dead in Christ" – 4:13-18

c.  Concerning the time of Christ's return – 5:1-11

d.  Specific moral duties – 5:12-22

5.  Conclusion – 5:23-28