- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 1 Thessalonians 1
The church in Thessalonica.
Thessalonica was a capital city of province of Macedonia. During his second missionary journey, Apostle Paul, together with Silas and Timothy, established the church in Thessalonica (Acts 15:40-18:22). He preached in the synagogue for three Sabbath, proclaiming Jesus as Messiah, proving from the Scripture the necessity of his death and resurrection. Some Jews and Gentiles believed. But Some Jews who were annoyed by his teaching and his fruitfulness of preaching accused him of sedition and formed a mob against Paul. Paul’s friends sent him away from the city.
After Apostle Paul and his companions in ministry left Thessalonica for Athens (Acts 17), the Christians in the city was in troubled with pressure from their neighbors for their Christian faith and practices. Hearing from Timothy for the news, Apostle Paul wrote this letter to exhort them to remain faithful to Christ and to the Christian community under troubling circumstances to love for each other and in faithful witness. “Christ return,” was mentioned frequently (1:10, 2:19, 3:13, 4:15, 5:23), because Thessalonian Christians were concerned about those believers who died before Christ’s return. He assured them that believers who died won’t be excluded from the gathering of the church at the time of Jesus’ return. (4:13-5:11).
The first Thessalonians is believed to be the earliest written in the New Testament. We read his message of hope and encouragement and of stand firm in faith during times of intense opposition.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.