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1 powerpoint presentation designed by claro ruiz vicente Adult Bible Study Guide Jul Aug Sep 2012 Adult Bible Study Guide Jul Aug Sep 2012

2 Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide An Appeal Dear User…. This PowerPoint Show is freely shared to all who may find it beneficial. While intended primarily for personal use, some find it useful for teaching the lesson in church. There are those, however, who add illustrations, change background, adjust font size, etc. While their intention may be good, this is not right. Slide #1 says designed by claro ruiz vicente. For honest Christians, it is not necessary for anothers creation to be copyrighted in order to be respected. P LEASE U SE A S I S.

3 Jon Paulien, Principal Contributor

4 1 The Gospel Comes to Thessalonica 2 Preserving Relationships 3 Thessalonica in Pauls Day 4 Joyous and Thankful (1 Thess 1:1–10) 5 The Apostolic Example (2:1–12) 6 Friends Forever (2:13–3:13) 7 Living Holy Lives (4:1–12) 8 The Dead in Christ (4:13–18) 9 Final Events (5:1–11) 10 Church Life (5:12–28) 11 Promise to the Persecuted (2 Thess 1:1–12) 12 The Antichrist ( 2:1–12) 13 Keeping the Church Faithful (2:13–3:18) 1 and 2 Thessalonians Contents

5 1 and 2 Thessalonians Our Goal {5} Well get a glimpse into the life of an early Christian church and see some of the struggles and challenges that it faced, including the difficulties that arose from the fact that Christ had not yet returned.

6 1 and 2 Thessalonians Lesson 3, July 21 1 and 2 Thessalonians Lesson 3, July 21 Thessalonica in Pauls Day

7 Thessalonica in Pauls Day Key Text 1 Corinthians 9:19 NIV Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.

8 Initial Words Importance of Material {31} First, it helps us to understand how Pauls original readers would have understood him. It clarifies the meaning of what he wrote and the impact it had back then. Second, the more we know about the ideas and beliefs of the Thessalonians, the better we can understand that against which Paul was reacting.

9 Thessalonica in Pauls Day Quick Look 1. Summary From History (John 11:48-50) 2. Summary From Literature (1 Corinthians 9:19-23) 3. Summary From Archaeology (Rom 16:5; 1 Cor 16:19; Col 4:15)

10 Thessalonica in Pauls Day 1. Summary From History John 11:48-50 NKJV If we let let Him alone…everyone will believe Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation. … Caiaphas…said to them, … It is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.

11 1.Summary From History The Romans Arrive {32} In the context of a civil war among the Greek city-states, the Thessalonians invited the Romans around 168 b.c. to take over their city and protect it from local enemies. The Romans rewarded Thessalonica for being on the right side of the civil war by largely allowing the city to govern itself.

12 1.Summary From History The Romans Arrive {32} It became a free city within the empire, which meant that it could largely control its own internal issues and destiny. As a result, the wealthier and more powerful classes in the city were allowed to continue life much as they had before. They were, therefore, pro-Rome and pro-emperor in Pauls day.

13 The Romans Arrive Negative Aspects {32} 1. Economic dislocation. Markets were disrupted. 2. Political powerlessness. Some local leaders were replaced. 3. Colonial exploitation. Tax exportation. Roman rule created stresses. Thessalonians longed for a change in the situation.

14 1.Summary From History Pagan Response to Rome {33} The pagan response to the powerlessness was a spiritual movement: the Cabirus cult. The Roman response to the Cabirus cult left a spiritual vacuum that the gospel alone could fill. Christ was the true fulfillment of the hopes and dreams that the Thessalonians had placed on Cabirus.

15 Thessalonica in Pauls Day 2. Summary From Literature 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 NKJV For though I am free…I have made myself a servant to all…; to the Jews; …those who are under the law;…without law;…the weak;… I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the gospels sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.

16 2. Summary From Literature Gospel as Point of Contact {34} The gospel has the greatest impact when it impacts the needs, hopes, and dreams of the audience. Among the changes that open people to new ideas are economic turmoil, political strife, war, weddings, divorce, dislocation, health challenges, and death.

17 2. Summary From Literature Street Preacher {35} 1. Form a lasting community. Requires formation of emotional bonds and a deep commitment to the group. 2. Taught that conversion was a supernatural work of God from outside of a person.

18 Thessalonica in Pauls Day 3. Summary From Archaeology Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Romans 16:5 The churches of Asia greet you…with the church that is in their house. 1 Corinthians 16:19 Greet the brethren…and the church that is in his house. Colossians 4:15

19 3. Summary From Archaeology Home Churches {36} Domus, a large, single-family home built around a courtyard, typical of the wealthy. A meeting place for 30– 100 people. Insula, with shops and workplaces on the ground floor facing the street and apartments on the floors above. Primary urban housing of the working classes.

20 The ideal location for an urban house church would be near the city center. The shops and workplaces connected to the house would foster contact with artisans, tradespeople, shoppers, and manual laborers looking for work. 3. Summary From Archaeology Home Churches {36} This was the setting in which much of Pauls missionary work may have been done.

21 Thessalonica in Pauls Day Final Words {37} At this time the systems of heathenism were losing their hold upon the people. … They longed for a religion that could satisfy the heart.The Desire of Ages 32 ripe for the coming of the Deliverer Providence had directed the move- ments of nations, and the tide of human impulse and influence, until the world was ripe for the coming of the Deliverer….

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