I Thessalonians, Abridged

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H O W   D O   I   S H A R E   T H E   G O S P E L ?

We give thanks for your work by faith, your service by love, and hope in the return Christ.

We know He has chosen you; for our good news came to you in the Holy Spirit and with conviction.

You became imitators of us and of the Lord, so that you became an example to others; the Word has resounded from you everywhere.

They report how you turned to God and wait for the coming of Jesus, whom He raised from the dead, who rescues us from coming wrath.

In God we proclaimed boldly to you the good news of God amid great opposition—not from delusion, impure motives, or deceit.

God has entrusted us with the gospel, not to gain power and popularity, but to please God who examines our hearts.

We never came with flattery, pretext for greed, nor seeking honor from people.

But we behaved gently among you, like a devoted mother for children.

Having affection for you, we shared God’s good news and our own lives.

We worked night and day not to be a financial burden to any of you.

Remember our unworldly, just, and blameless behavior toward you believers.

We were exhorting, encouraging, imploring as a father does his own children.

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H O W   D O   I   L I V E ?

We guided you to live lives worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

When you received the word of God, you welcomed it as the word of God, which is effectually at work in you.

You too suffered persecution from your own countrymen who killed Jesus and the prophets, drove us out, hostile to all people.

They fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them at last.

We were taken away from you—but you are our victor’s wreath of triumph in the presence of our Lord at His coming.

We sent Timothy so no one would be unsettled by these difficulties.

We warned you we were going to experience persecution.

I sent Timothy to see how you were holding up, for fear that the tempter had tempted you and our work proven ineffective.

But Timothy brought us good news of your faith and love, reporting that you treasure your memories of us.

During all our distress we have been comforted about you because of your faith.

We really live, if you stand firm in the Lord.

We continue to pray that we may see you face to face, and complete whatever may be lacking.

May the Lord cause you to overflow in love for one another and for all; so He may establish you in holiness in God’s sight at His coming.

Follow the instruction we gave you by the Lord’s authority—about how you ought to walk; and excel even more.

This is the will of God, that you be sanctified from sexual immorality and lustful passion (as the Gentiles live).

No man shall defraud his brother because the Lord is the avenger in all these things.

God has not called us to impurity, but to holiness.

Whoever rejects this is not rejecting man but God who gives His Holy Spirit to empower you to overcome temptation.

You have been taught by God to love one another. We urge you to excel more and more.

Live peacefully, mind your own affairs, and work—to behave properly toward outsiders, and be dependent on no one.

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H O W   D O   I   D E A L   W I T H   D E A T H ?

Don’t grieve for believers who have died. Just as Jesus died and rose again, God will raise them also and bring them with Him.

The Lord will come from heaven with a command shout, an angel’s voice, and a trumpet blast.

Christians who have died will rise first, then those who remain alive will be caught up with them to meet the Lord in the air.

We will always be with the Lord!

Comfort one another with these words.

The day of the Lord is coming unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.

Destruction will come upon them suddenly, and they will absolutely not escape.

But believers are not in spiritual darkness, that the day of judgment would overtake you by surprise.

We do not belong to the night or darkness.

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H O W   D O   I   C A R R Y   O N ?

So then let us not be spiritually asleep like the world; let us keep alert, self-controlled, calm, and wise.

Let us be sober, having put on faith, love, hope, and assurance of salvation.

For God has not destined us to wrath, but to salvation through Christ, who died for us, so we will live with Him.

Encourage, comfort, and build up one another.

Appreciate those who work, lead, and teach you in the Lord.

Live in peace with one another.

Admonish those who are out of line.

Encourage the timid.

Help the spiritually weak.

Be very patient with everyone.

See that no one repays another with evil for evil.

Always seek that which is good for all.

Rejoice always.

Be unceasing in prayer.

In every situation continually give thanks.

Do not quench the Spirit.

Do not scorn instruction.

Test all things carefully.

Hold firmly to that which is good.

Abstain from every form of evil.

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F I N A L   E N C O U R A G E M E N T S

May God sanctify you through and through.

May your spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you; He will do it.

Brothers and sisters, pray for us.

Greet all the believers with a holy kiss as God’s family.

Have this letter read before all the congregation.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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