The two letters to the Thessalonians teach us much about the second coming of Christ. Yet they also teach us much about the Word of God. Of course, without the Bible we would not know anything about the second coming!

If these two letters were written early in the life of young church as the academics suggest (around 20 years after Pentecost), then it is no surprise to see the emphasis on the Word. The Word, the Name and the Spirit are consistent themes in the narrative of the books of Acts.

Paul first gives his summary of the teaching the Thessalonians received. "Our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction" (I Thessalonians 1:5). There is an "undeniable authenticity and authority of those preaching the gospel," one commentator wrote. When God's Word is preached, the preacher has to be aware of "[its own inherent] power and in the Holy Spirit and with great conviction and absolute certainty [on our part]" (AMP).

A Bible falling apartThere is plenty of preaching that is dry and formal. I cringe when I think of my early sermons! The story is told of a preacher's son who went with him on one occasion when he was a guest preacher. In the car on the way home the father asked him what he thought about the sermon. He replied, "It was a re-bore!"

"For though they keep up a form of religion, they will have nothing to do with it as a force" (II Timothy 3:5 Moffatt). Compare this with Jesus teaching at Capernaum in Luke 4, "And they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority... What a word is this!" (Luke 4:32,36 NKJV).

Once I became a minister, in the churches and denominations in which I have been involved the Word has always been central, the most important part of the service. Nowadays, as one speaker put it, they have 45 minutes of music, 15 minutes of announcements, and 15 minutes for a sermonette, plus a mid-week home "Bible study" twice a month! It's time to get "Back to the Bible!"  Read More 

Paul wrote letters to only seven churches, which is quite surprising as he founded churches in most of the cities he visited during his three missionary journeys of possibly around 10 years of travel. I haven't counted the number of cities in which he ministered (and I haven't found any writer who has), but I guess it could be fifty to one hundred.

First Thessalonians was one of his early letters, possibly the second after Galatians though some say the first, and it was closely followed by the second epistle. Both were written during Paul's 18-month stay in Corinth during his second missionary journey, as recorded in Acts chapter 18. He had visited Thessalonica with Paul and Silas during the same journey. Of course, scholars have different views on the dates. It is short: just 89 verses and 1857 words in the KJV.

The main teaching we gain from the letter is something to really get excited about -- the second coming of Christ Jesus. It is mentioned in each of the five chapters. Yes, Jesus is coming again! The two letters give us much detail about events leading up to the second coming and also of this major event. Let's briefly look at each mention in I Thessalonians.  Read More 

While looking through some papers I once read this wonderful description of Christ. I do not know where it originally came from; but it was so fresh to my soul that I should like to give it to you:

"Christ is our Way; we walk in Him.
He is our Truth; we embrace Him.
He is our Life; we live in Him.
He is our Lord; we choose Him to rule over us.  Read More