Outline of 1 Thessalonians
1. Introduction (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)
PaulA Christian missionary who once persecuted the church More, Silvanus, and TimothyThe companion on Paul’s later journeys for whom two pastoral epistles are named More greet the Thessalonians and praise them for their exemplary faith, hope, and love.
2. Remembrance, Celebration, and Thanksgiving (1 Thessalonians 2:1-3:13)
The authors warmly recall their past encounters with the Thessalonians, rejoice in the Thessalonians’ persisting faith and love, and beseech God to strengthen them in holiness in anticipation of Jesus’ return.
3. Living a Life of Holiness (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12)
Expanding on what they mean by holiness (or sanctificationSanctification means to be set aside for a special purpose. The coming of the Holy Spirit sanctified the disciples and the people of God and made it possible for believers to grow in grace through the covenant of their baptism. More), Paul and his associates instruct their readers concerning sexual morals, love for one another, and their behavior toward “outsiders.”
4. On the Coming of the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11)
The Thessalonians receive encouragement concerning those among them who have died in advance of the Lord’s return. Their expectant hope concerning Jesus’ coming and his enduring presence with his saints both living and deceased should result in watchful confidence.
5. Commands for Daily Living (1 Thessalonians 5:12-24)
As the Thessalonians continue to live in the world, holding to the hope of Christ’s return and their own holiness before God, the authors exhort them about life in Christian community. The passage concludes with a benediction that reminds everyone that God is faithful and the source of people’s holiness.
6. Concluding Words and Benediction (1 Thessalonians 5:25-28)
The letter concludes with blessings and brief final requests.