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1 Thessalonians
Overview

1 Th 1:1-10 1 Th 2:1-20 1 Th 3:1-13 1 Th 4:1-18 1 Th 5:1-28

LOOKING BACK

LOOKING FORWARD

Personal Reflections
History

Practical Instructions
Hortatory

Ministry
In
Person
Ministry
in Absentia
(Thru Timothy)
Ministry
by
Epistle
Word and Power
of the Spirit
Establishing &
Comforting
Calling & Conduct 1Th 4:13ff
Comfort
1Th 5:12ff
Commands
1
Salvation
2
Service
3
Sanctification
4
Sorrow
5
Sobriety
Paul Commends
Spiritual Growth
Paul Founds
the Church
Strengthening of
the Church
Directions for
Spiritual Growth
Holy Living in Light of Day of the Lord
Exemplary Hope of Young Converts Motivating Hope of
Faithful Servants
Purifying Hope of Tried Believers Comforting Hope of Bereaved Saints Invigorating Hope of Diligent Christians

Written from Corinth
Approximately 51AD

Key Words: Gospel (Word, Message), tribulation (suffering, affliction), Spirit, coming (Lord's return), holiness (sanctification, sanctify), faith, love, hope, Day of the Lord (day), Satan (tempter), brethren

See Introduction to 1Thessalonians by Dr John MacArthur: Title, Author, Date, Background, Setting, Historical, Theological Themes, Interpretive Challenges, Outline by Chapter/Verse. Excellent overview. From Grace To You ministries - same intro as in MacArthur Study Bible


HENRY ALFORD (1810-1871)

James Rosscup writes that "This was the great work in the life of the versatile Dean of Canterbury. An outcome of this production was the New Testament for English Readers (4 vols.). Alford was a Calvinist, conservative and premillennial, though not dispensational. He takes a literal interpretation of the thousand years in Rev. 20 and has a famous quote there, is strong on sovereign election as in Ro 8:29, 30 and 1Pe 1:2, but, unfortunately, holds to baptismal regeneration in such texts as Titus 3:5 and John 3:5. He shows a great knowledge of the Greek text and faces problems of both a doctrinal and textual nature." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

John Piper writes ""When I’m stumped with a… grammatical or syntactical or logical [question] in Paul, I go to Henry Alford. Henry Alford… comes closer more consistently than any other human commentator to asking my kinds of questions."

Charles Haddon Spurgeon writes that this text "is an invaluable aid to the critical study of the text of the New Testament. You will find in it the ripened results of a matured scholarship, the harvesting of a judgment, generally highly impartial, always worthy of respect, which has gleaned from the most important fields of Biblical research, both modern and ancient, at home and abroad. You will not look here for any spirituality of thought or tenderness of feeling; you will find the learned Dean does not forget to do full justice to his own views, and is quite able to express himself vigorously against his opponents; but for what it professes to be, it is an exceedingly able and successful work. The later issues are by far the most desirable, as the author has considerably revised the work in the fourth edition. What I have said of his Greek Testament applies equally to Alford’s New Testament for English Readers,* which is also a standard work." (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)

GREG ALLEN - Sermon Notes

MIKE ANDRUS AND JOSH BLACK - SERMON SERIES ON 1 THESSALONIANS

Each transcript averages about 10 pages.

PAUL APPLE - Commentary

ALBERT BARNES - Commentary

James Rosscup writes that Barnes "includes 16 volumes on the Old Testament, 11 on the New Testament. The New Testament part of this old work was first published in 1832–1851. Various authors contributed. It is evangelical and amillennial… Often the explanations of verses are very worthwhile." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

C H Spurgeon "Albert Barnes is a learned and able divine, but his productions are unequal in value, the gospels are of comparatively little worth, but his other comments are extremely useful for Sunday-school teachers and persons with a narrow range of reading, endowed with enough good sense to discriminate between good and evil… Placed by the side of the great masters, Barnes is a lesser light, but taking his work for what it is and professes to be, no minister can afford to be without it, and this is no small praise for works which were only intended for Sunday-school teachers." (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)

BRIAN BELL - Sermon Notes

CHRIS BENFIELD SERMONS

JOHANN A BENGEL Commentary on 1 Thessalonians

James Rosscup writes "This work (Gnomon), originally issued in 1742, has considerable comment on the Greek, flavoring the effort with judicious details about the spiritual life. It has much that helps, but has been surpassed by many other commentaries since its day." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon -- "'A Critical New Testament, so compiled as to enable a reader, unacquainted with Greek, to ascertain the exact English force and meaning of the language of the New Testament, and to appreciate the latest results of modern criticism.' Such is the professed aim of this commentary, and the compilers have very fairly carried out their intentions. The whole of Bengel’s Gnomon is bodily transferred into the work, and as one hundred and twenty years have elapsed since the first issue of that book, it may be supposed that much has since been added to the wealth of Scripture exposition; the substance of this has been incorporated in brackets, so as to bring it down to the present advanced state of knowledge. We strongly advise the purchase of this book, as it is multum in parvo, and will well repay an attentive perusal. Tischendorf and Alford have contributed largely, with other German and English critics, to make this one of the most lucid and concise commentaries on the text and teachings of the New Testament" (Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)

JOSEPH BENSON 1 Thessalonians

JOHN CALVIN - Commentary

RICH CATHERS - Sermon - Frequent Illustrations

JOHN CEREGHIN

OSWALD CHAMBERS

VINCENT CHEUNG

ADAM CLARKE - Commentary

GEORGE CLARKE Commentary on 1 Thessalonians (1906)

"Designed for Pastors and Sunday Schools"

THOMAS CONSTABLE - Expository Notes

W A CRISWELL - Sermon

RON DANIEL - Sermon

JAMES DENNEY The Epistles to the Thessalonians - The Expositor's Bible

D Edmond Hiebert - A vigorous and informative homiletical exposition by a noted Scottish theologian of the past generation.

Cyril Barber - It is generally inferior to Milligan and cannot hope to compete with Hiebert’s masterful study.

JOHN DUMMELOW

JOHN EADIE Commentary on the Epistles to the Thessalonians

Eadie is worth checking - you have to "wade" through his lengthy, "Greek rich" comments but will often uncover some excellent insights.

Cyril Barber - Readers may not always agree with his exegesis, but he does provide a helpful evaluation of all the different points of view with an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses. An essay on “The Man of Sin” is appended.

CHARLES ELLICOTT Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 1858

A critical & grammatical commentary on St. Paul's Epistles to the Thessalonians

D Edmond Hiebert - Greek text. First published in 1861, this noted, scholarly, highly technical treatment of these epistles is still of value for the advanced student. Places strong emphasis on grammatical matters.

CHARLES ELLICOTT - Commentary for English Readhers

EXPLORE THE BIBLE

EXPOSITOR'S DICTIONARY OF TEXTS 1 Thessalonians Commentary

GEORGE FINDLAY - Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges 1898

JOHN FRAME - A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistles of St. Paul

ARNO GAEBELEIN - Commentary

GENE GETZ - short videos emphasizing key principles

  • 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:10; Follow-up Communication: Spiritual leaders should develop a plan to be in contact with new converts to make sure they are growing spiritually. Video
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13; Faithful Intercession: To help new believers mature in their faith, spiritual leaders must consistently pray for their spiritual growth. Video

JOHN GILL - Commentary

BRUCE GOETTSCHE

GOSPEL COALITION

L W GRANT

DAVID GUZIK - Commentary

DANNY HALL Sermons

MATTHEW HENRY

DAVID HOCKING

F B HOLE

HOLMAN STUDY NOTES

DAVID HOLWICK - sermons

HYMNS RELATING TO 1 THESSALONIANS

H A IRONSIDE Commentary Notes 1 Thessalonians

JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN - Commentary

HAMPTON KEATHLEY

WILLIAM KELLY - Commentary

A E KNOCH - conservative, literal, discussions vary from 4 pages to more than 20 pages depending on length of the book.

KEITH KRELL

LANGE'S COMMENTARY - C A Auberlen & C J Riggenback

D Edmond Hiebert - Valuable textual exegesis with an abundance of ethical, homiletical, and practical material added, much of which is definitely dated. A conservative Lutheran commentary. The additions by the translator add to the value of the work.

STEVE LEWIS

JOHN LILLIE, 1860 (Pastor of First Presbyterian, Kingston, NY)

GOTTLEB LUNEMANN

IAN MACKERVOY

JAMES MACKNIGHT

JOHN MACARTHUR

J VERNON MCGEE

F B MEYER

H A W MEYER 1 Thessalonians Commentary

D. Edmond Hiebert - A thorough exposition of these epistles by a scholarly German professor of the past century. One of the justly celebrated older commentaries, with ample presentation of varying views on all important points. Dated but still of value for those familiar with the Greek or desiring the views of scholars of the past.

GEORGE MILLIGAN

James Rosscup writes "Some regarded this in its day as the best work on the Greek text." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

D. Edmond Hiebert - Greek text. A noted critical study by a pioneer authority in the papyri Has much valuable material in the introduction and the added notes.

JAMES MOFFATT The Expositor's Greek Testament

MONERGISM

G CAMPBELL MORGAN - The Analyzed Bible

HENRY MORRIS Defender's Study Bible Notes

NET BIBLE NOTES on 1 Thessalonians

OUR DAILY BREAD Devotionals/Illustrations 1Thessalonians

JOSEPH PARKER - People's Commentary 

PASTOR LIFE SERMONS 1 THESSALONIANS

The Trial of Faith 1 Thessalonians  3 Trials; Hardships; Faith J. Mike Minnix
Know Your Faith 1 Thessalonians  3 :1-13 Trials; Faith; Suffering; Persecution Philip Cooper

PEOPLE'S NEW TESTAMENT

JOHN PIPER

ALFRED PLUMMER  1 Thessalonians Commentary

D Edmond Hiebert - While not as full as the author's excellent work on the Gospel of Luke, these volumes provide a critical exegetical unfolding of these epistles. Greek words are often quoted but generally in parentheses, so that the non-Greek reader can readily profit from these volumes.

MATTHEW POOLE 1 Thessalonians Commentary

PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY 1 Thessalonians

PRECEPT MINISTRIES

RAY PRITCHARD

PULPIT COMMENTARY 1 Thessalonians

RADIO BIBLE CLASS - DISCOVERY SERIES - Booklet

REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE

GRANT RICHISON

A T ROBERTSON

DON ROBINSON

GIL RUGH

ROB SALVATO

RAYMOND SAXE SERMONS 1 THESSALONIANS

  • 1 Thessalonians 3:1-4 (pdf)
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:5 (pdf)
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:6 (pdf)
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:8 (pdf)
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:9-10 (pdf)
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 (pdf)

JOHN SCHULTZ - 37 page commentary by former missionary to Irian Jaya, Indonesia

SERMON BIBLE COMMENTARY 1 Thessalonians

CHARLES SIMEON Sermons 1 Thessalonians

CHUCK SMITH

HAMILTON SMITH

SPEAKER'S COMMENTARY

C H SPURGEON SERMON

RAY STEDMAN

PAUL TAYLOR

DAVID THOMPSON SERMONS 1 THESSALONIANS

TODAY IN THE WORD

JOHN TRAPP COMMENTARY 1 Thessalonians

TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE

BOB UTLEY - 1 Thessalonians -  Amillenial.

MARVIN VINCENT

JOHN WALVOORD

DREW WORTHEN

XENOS

STEVE ZEISLER

SERMONS BY VERSE - Multiple older expositions

A Difficult and Important Mission G. Barlow. 1 Thessalonians 3:1-2
Alone in Athens Bp. Huntington. 1 Thessalonians 3:1-2
Loneliness with Some is Unfavourable to Virtue   1 Thessalonians 3:1-2
Paul and Timothy R. Fergusson. 1 Thessalonians 3:1-2
Solitary Saints C. H. Spurgeon. 1 Thessalonians 3:1-2
Solitude F. W. Robertson, M. A. 1 Thessalonians 3:1-2
The Risks of Solitude J. Parker, D. D. 1 Thessalonians 3:1-2
The Solitude of a Great City G. Barlow. 1 Thessalonians 3:1-2
Proof of the Apostle's Love for the Thessalonians B.C. Caffin 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5
The Design of Timothy's Mission to Thessalonica T. Croskery 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5
Great Desire to See the Thessalonians R. Finlayson 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13
Comforted Concerning the Faith A. Raleigh, D. D. 1 Thessalonians 3:2-3
Ministers of Joy H. W. Beecher. 1 Thessalonians 3:2-3
Timothy and His Mission J. W. Burn. 1 Thessalonians 3:2-3
Timothy and His Mission J. W. Burn. 1 Thessalonians 3:2-3
Appointed to Affliction J. Hutchison, D. D. 1 Thessalonians 3:3-5
Necessary Afflictions C. H. Spurgeon. 1 Thessalonians 3:3-5
The Christian Conditions of Life Baldwin Brown, B. A. 1 Thessalonians 3:3-5
The Need of the Apostolic Warning Bp. Wordsworth. 1 Thessalonians 3:3-5
The Object of Afflictions Colton, G. Barlow. 1 Thessalonians 3:3-5
The Perils of Suffering G. Swinnock, M. A. 1 Thessalonians 3:3-5
The Persecution of the Early Church Prof. Jowett. 1 Thessalonians 3:3-5
Christian Progress a Cause of Tribulation T. De Witt Talmage, D. D. 1 Thessalonians 3:4
Christian Tribulation H. W. Beecher. 1 Thessalonians 3:4
God's Purpose in Troubles H. W. Beecher. 1 Thessalonians 3:4
How to Deal with Troubles W. Baxendale. 1 Thessalonians 3:4
The Benefit of Tribulation Bp. Jewel. 1 Thessalonians 3:4
The Minister to Warn His People of Future Suffering W. Burditt, M. A. 1 Thessalonians 3:4
Tribulation Abp. Trench. 1 Thessalonians 3:4
Unmoved by Trial T. Guthrie, D. D. 1 Thessalonians 3:4
Christian Solicitude J. W. Burn. 1 Thessalonians 3:5
Degrees in Temptation J. Newton. 1 Thessalonians 3:5
How the Work of the Gospel May be Frustrated by Temptation W.F. Adeney 1 Thessalonians 3:5
Resistance to Temptation Possible   1 Thessalonians 3:5
Satan More Prominent in the New Testament than in the Old Abp. Trench. 1 Thessalonians 3:5
Seduction of Temptation W. Denton, M. A. 1 Thessalonians 3:5
Sinful Hearts Invite Temptation H. W. Beecher. 1 Thessalonians 3:5
Temptation Comes Unawares C. H. Spurgeon. 1 Thessalonians 3:5
Temptation Without Warning The Quiver. 1 Thessalonians 3:5
The Subtlety of the Tempter J. Spencer. 1 Thessalonians 3:5
Trial Endured   1 Thessalonians 3:5
Where Temptation Assails F. W. Robertson, M. A. 1 Thessalonians 3:5
Faith and Charity   1 Thessalonians 3:6
News that Gladdens G. Barlow. 1 Thessalonians 3:6
The Happy Issue of Timothy's Visit to Thessalonica T. Croskery 1 Thessalonians 3:6-8
The Return of Timotheus B.C. Caffin 1 Thessalonians 3:6-10
Christian Steadfastness J. N. Pearson. 1 Thessalonians 3:7-10
Inspiring Christian Steadfastness Neander. 1 Thessalonians 3:7-10
Joy in the Progress of the Gospel W. Baxendale. 1 Thessalonians 3:7-10
Ministerial Gratitude and Prayer D. Mayo. 1 Thessalonians 3:7-10
Saved Sinners a Minister's Joy C. H. Spurgeon. 1 Thessalonians 3:7-10
Thankfulness for Success S. Smiles, LL. D. 1 Thessalonians 3:7-10
The Faith of the People the Comfort of the Minister J. Irons. 1 Thessalonians 3:7-10
The Pastor's Life Wrapped Up with His People's Steadfastness C. H. Spurgeon. 1 Thessalonians 3:7-10
The Pastor's Thankful Joy Canon Miller. 1 Thessalonians 3:7-10
The People's Stability the Minister's Comfort C. Simeon, M. A. 1 Thessalonians 3:7-10
The Spiritual Relation Between the Apostle and the Thessalonians Carlyle., J. Hutchison, D. D. 1 Thessalonians 3:7-10
The Steadfastness of Believers a Source of Ministerial Satisfaction G. Barlow. 1 Thessalonians 3:7-10
The Steadfastness of Christians the Happiness of Minister Essex Remembrancer 1 Thessalonians 3:7-10
The Steadfastness of the Church the Life of the Ministry Essex Congregational Remembrancer 1 Thessalonians 3:7-10
We Live, If Ye Standfast in the Lord R. Walker. 1 Thessalonians 3:7-10
Zealous for the Souls of Others   1 Thessalonians 3:7-10
St. Paul's Devotion to His Converts W.F. Adeney 1 Thessalonians 3:8
The Apostle's Gratitude to Clod and His Further Solicitude for His Converts T. Croskery 1 Thessalonians 3:9, 10
Ministerial Solicitude C. H. Spurgeon. 1 Thessalonians 3:10
Paul's Prayer for the Thessalonians J. Hutchison, D. D. 1 Thessalonians 3:10
Further Prayer for His Personal Return to Thessalonica T. Croskery 1 Thessalonians 3:11
A Comprehensive Apostolic Prayer G. Barlow. 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
Direction of the Way and Increase in Love A. Raleigh, D. D. 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
Divine Guidance Guaranteed G. Kingsley, M. A. 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
God Honoured by Seeking His Guidance J. Ruskin. 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
God's Guidance to be Sought by Prayer A. Toplady, M. A. 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
Guidance Honestly Sought J. Newton. 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
Paul's Ejaculatory Prayer J. Hutchison, D. D. 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
Prayer About a Journey R. Fergusson. 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
Prayer to Christ Canon Liddon. 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
St. Paul's Prayer for His Converts B.C. Caffin 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
The Helplessness of Man's Self-Guidance T. Manton, D. D. 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
The Mysteriousness and Methods of God's Guidance J. Parker, D. D. 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
The Right and the Wrong Way of Seeking God's Guidance J. Spencer. 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
The Increase of Love W.F. Adeney 1 Thessalonians 3:12
Christian Love   1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
Missionary Love J. Harding, M. A. 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
The Abounding of Charity W. B. Pope, D. D. 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
The Apostle's Prayer for the Progressive Sanctification of the Thessalonians T. Croskery 1 Thessalonians 3:12, 13
The Effect of Love on Universal Holiness C. Simeon, M. A. 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
The Holiness Tone H. W. Beecher. 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
The Savour of Christian Holiness   1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
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