1 Thessalonians Bible Study

The pastor at our church who normally leads the Tuesday Bible study has been tapped to be an interim senior pastor at another church. He asked me to step in and take over his Tuesday morning study, which I was honored to accept. This entry into the Train Wreck is going to be my 1 Thessalonians Bible study notes beginning chapter 1, but I’m going to copy and paste my Bible study notes out of Microsoft OneNote and see how the post and site translate it. Also, I just upgraded the webesite to a purchased theme, my first, so all the settings might not be right.

(NOTE: the copy and paste did NOT work at all, so some minor formatting was required. This was a test to see if I did my notes in OneNote if it would import and translate here with the same formatting as I have in there…it did not.)

In an unrelated note, I wrote a devotional for the Knights Templar OSMTJ you can find by following this link HERE which redirects to a page on my site but that then points to the Templar page where the devotion is posted.

The Copy and Paste from OneNote 1 Thessalonians Bible Study…

I Thessalonians Chapter 1 Bible Study Notes

Summary from BibleHub.com by Jay Smith

The book of 1st Thessalonians is a Pauline Epistle (letter from Paul). The Apostle Paul wrote it about 52-54 A.D. and it was one of his earliest written letters. The key personalities in this book are the Apostle Paul, Timothy, and Silas. Paul wrote this letter to strengthen and encourage the church in Thessalonica. To encourage and hearten the believers, Paul chose to emphasize the second coming of Jesus Christ. Throughout this letter, Paul focused on the principles of Faith, Hope, and Love.

Jay Smith from Biblehub.com

Who was Silvanus

Is the long-form name of Silas which in Latin apparently means wood, giving him the potential nick-name of “Woody”. Potentially the first Bishop of Corinth.

Who is Timothy AD 17-97

First Bishop of Ephesus

Theme: The Second Coming of Jesus Christ, persecution and tribulation of believers

v3 Faith is first (see faith below meaning moral conviction), then love (agape from agapao meaning moral love), the patience (excited, joyful waiting), then hope (which is happy, joyful waiting tied to faith). The word for love is indeed agape. The KJV uses love and not charity in this instance.

v4 Election-NASB translates this word as chosen or choice meaning that Silvanus and Timothy are not chosen of Man but of God meaning this is a calling of God as in 2 Peter 1:10

v5 The word Ghost is pneuma Strongs 4151 in Greek meaning breath, breathe, spirit, or wind. When we read “Holy Ghost” or “Holy Spirit” the Greeks intended us to understand it as the breath of God.

v6 Tribulation Definition-distress or suffering resulting from oppression or persecution. Meaning you are beset purposefully by someone intent on holding you down and doing you harm.

v7 “…you become an example to all believers…” The Greek word is typos here. The meaning a pattern or print as a die that is struck to create a copy or impression of what is carved in the die’s face. We are to be a copy as struck by the die that is Jesus Christ.

v8 The followers of Paul become the spreaders of the gospel wherever they go so much that Paul doesn’t need to add anything to what they have already said.

v9 They heard from those in Macedonia and Achaia the story of how those in Thessalonica converted when Paul came to them. They go their own story told back to them from others about how those in Thessalonica were converted to Chrsitianity.

v10 The second coming of Jesus Christ where the Greek flavor of Deliver is rescue from the wrath which is “justifiable  abhorrence, punishment, or vengeance.

Greek Words for 1 Thessalonians Bible Study Chapter 1

Greek Word for Faith

Greek Strong’s Number: 4102

Greek Word: πίστις

Transliteration: pistis

Phonetic Pronunciation:


Root: from <G3982>

Cross Reference: TDNT – 6:174,849

Part of Speech: n f

Vine’s Words: Assurance, Assure, Assuredly, Belief, Believe, Believers, Faith, Fidelity

Usage Notes:

English Words used in KJV:

faith 239

assurance 1

believe + <G1537> 1

belief 1

them that believe 1

fidelity 1

[Total Count: 244]

from <G3982> (peitho); persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstract constancy in such profession; by extensive the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself :- assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

James Strong, Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary, (Austin, TX: WORDsearch Corp., 2007), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “4102”.

Greek Strong’s Number: 3709

Greek Word: ὀργή

Transliteration: orgē

Phonetic Pronunciation:


Root: from <G3713>

Cross Reference: TDNT – 5:382,716

Part of Speech: n f

Vine’s Words: Anger, Angry, Wrath

Usage Notes:

English Words used in KJV:

wrath 31

anger 3

vengeance 1

indignation 1

[Total Count: 36]

from <G3713> (oregomai); properly desire (as a reaching forth or excitement of the mind), i.e. (by analogy) violent passion (ire, or [justifiable] abhorrence); by implication punishment :- anger, indignation, vengeance, wrath.

James Strong, Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary, (Austin, TX: WORDsearch Corp., 2007), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “3709”.

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