Imagine if you could travel back to the early Church of the 1st century and glimpse what it was like to be an initial follower of Christ Jesus’ teachings.
What were people’s concerns about the new, radical ideas they were hearing? What pressures did Paul address in his first epistle to the Thessalonians? How did the early Church maintain courage in the face of such opposition?
Understanding this first-ever written Christian document enables us to see how the earliest converts serve as models for us today.
This talk addresses the historic, political, and religious background of Thessalonica in Roman Macedonia and explains why the Parousia, or the second coming of Christ, was so important to the people.
Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians addresses “end time” questions more than do any of the other books he wrote and provides biblical inspiration for dealing with issues that many modern-day Christians confront and care about deeply.
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Runtime: 57 minutes
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