1 Thessalonians Bible Study – Week 4

Paul Worries for The Church (2:17-3:13)


Welcome to Week 4 of your 1 Thessalonians Bible Study.

In this lesson, we’ll be covering 1 Thessalonians 2:17 − 3:13 which highlights Paul’s concern for the spiritual well-being of the church he had planted in Thessalonica.

Paul’s Abrupt Departure From Thessalonica (2:17-20)

Read 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20

Questions to reflect on the passage

  • What is Paul referring to in 2:17 when he says he was taken away?
  • How do you think Satan hindered Paul? Or is Paul merely being symbolic here to express his difficulty in coming to visit?
  • When and how exactly will the Thessalonian church be Paul’s crown?

Questions to reflect on your life

  • What is your perspective on Satan and his work? Is he a real person / being? On what basis do you make your claim?
  • What is your perspective on demonic activity or oppression against God’s people? Have you ever had an experience that you knew was the work of the devil?
  • How exactly does Satan “hinder” you with respect to fulfilling God’s will for your life?
  • How do you know the difference between a Satan inspired plot against you vs. normal every day difficulties or even divinely inspired trials in your life?

Paul’s Concern for the Thessalonian Church (3:1-13)

Read 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13

Questions to reflect on the passage

  • Why did Paul send Timothy to Thessalonica? Paul gives at least three reasons according to 1 Thess 3:1-5.
  • 1 Thess 3:3-4 once again mention «afflictions.» Why does Paul keep bringing up this theme?
  • What was Paul’s greatest fear regarding the Thessalonians?
  • What does Timothy report back after his visit to Thessalonica?
  • What does Paul pray for in relation to the Thessalonian church? List out his specific requests (3:11-13)

Questions to reflect on your life

  • If Paul were writing to your church today, what would it most need as expressed by his concerns in the 1 Thessalonians letter? and why?
    • For a stronger faith?
    • Encouragement?
    • A reminder that the church is destined to experience afflictions?
    • Help in overcoming the «tempter’s» temptations?
  • What would change if he were writing to you individually? Please elaborate.
  • What type of report would Timothy bring back about your church given what he said about the Thessalonian church? About you individually? Please elaborate.
    • That you practice faith and love
    • That you are standing firm?
  • Which part of Paul’s prayer in 3:12-13 do you most need to pray at the moment?