Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians are some of our earliest existing writings in the New Testament. As such, they offer a unique glimpse into some of the most pressing issues as the gospel began to spread across the ancient world. How should believers respond when their faith is a minority perspective and are suffering persecution?
What does genuine holiness look like? Is life after death truly worth believing in, and what does it look like? Will Jesus actually make good on his promise to come back?
These enduring questions and more run throughout these two brief letters, and in this eight-week study, you’ll be introduced to Paul’s inspired response. Discover how the gospel of Jesus will give you the strength you need as you eagerly await his promised return to make our world right again.
Matt O’Reilly (Ph.D., Gloucestershire) is pastor of Hope Hull United Methodist Church near Montgomery, Alabama, and a fellow of the Center for Pastor Theologians. He teaches New Testament and preaching at Wesley Biblical Seminary and systematic theology with apologetics at Houston Baptist University. Matt is the author of the forthcoming book, Paul and the Resurrection of the People of God: Rhetoric, Identity, and the Body, which will be published by SBL Press.