|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|
|Word and Power
of the Spirit
|Calling & Conduct||1Th 4:13ff
|Holy Living in Light of Day of the Lord|
|Exemplary Hope of Young Converts||Motivating Hope of
|Purifying Hope of Tried Believers||Comforting Hope of Bereaved Saints||Invigorating Hope of Diligent Christians|
Written from Corinth
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)
MIKE ANDRUS AND JOSH BLACK - SERMON SERIES ON 1 THESSALONIANS
Each transcript averages about 10 pages.
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)
CHRIS BENFIELD SERMONS
- 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13 The Heart of God's Man (Part 1)
- 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13 The Heart of God's Man (Part 2)
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)
- 1 Thessalonians 3 Gnomon of the New Testament
- 1 Thessalonians 3 Commentary Combination of Gnomon and comments by more modern expositors
JOSEPH BENSON 1 Thessalonians
GEORGE CLARKE Commentary on 1 Thessalonians (1906)
"Designed for Pastors and Sunday Schools"
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 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.
EXPOSITOR'S DICTIONARY OF TEXTS 1 Thessalonians 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
L W GRANT
DANNY HALL Sermons
HOLMAN STUDY NOTES
- Holman Christian Standard Bible Study Bible - Well done conservative notes. Includes access to Holman NT Commentary on each Gospel (see Library in left gutter).
DAVID HOLWICK - sermons
HYMNS RELATING TO 1 THESSALONIANS
H A IRONSIDE Commentary Notes 1 Thessalonians
A E KNOCH - conservative, literal, discussions vary from 4 pages to more than 20 pages depending on length of the book.
- Concordant Commentary on the NT - scroll down for index
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.
JOHN LILLIE, 1860 (Pastor of First Presbyterian, Kingston, NY)
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.
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.
G CAMPBELL MORGAN - The Analyzed Bible
HENRY MORRIS Defender's Study Bible Notes
- 1 Thessalonians 3:5 the tempter
- 1 Thessalonians 3:6 from you unto us
- 1 Thessalonians 3:12 increase and abound
- 1 Thessalonians 3:13 with all his saints
NET BIBLE NOTES on 1 Thessalonians
OUR DAILY BREAD Devotionals/Illustrations 1Thessalonians
- 1Thess 1-3 Sermon Illustrations - some overlap with links below but all on one page
- 1 Thes 3: The Way To An “Easy” Life
- 1 Thes 3:1-10: Booster Words
- 1 Thes 3:6-13 The Heart Of The Church
- 1 Thes 3:6-12 Praying Friends
- 1 Thes 3:6 Much More Than Survival
- 1 Thes 3:12 God's Doing Something New
- 1 Thes 3:12: Legacy of Love
- 1 Thes 3:12: Sign Language
- 1 Thes 3:12: Climate Control
- 1 Thes 3:12: More and Morel
- 1 Thes 3:12: The Heart Of The Church
- 1 Thes 3:12-13: Keep the Deck Clean
JOSEPH PARKER - People's Commentary
|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|
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
- 1 Thessalonians 3:1-8 Living in Hard Times
- 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Life-Changing, Heart-Moving, World-Shaking Prayer
PULPIT COMMENTARY 1 Thessalonians
RADIO BIBLE CLASS - DISCOVERY SERIES - Booklet
- Knowing God Through Thessalonians
- What Can We Know About The Second Coming?
- See Table comparing Rapture vs Second Coming
REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE
A T ROBERTSON
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
- 1 Thessalonians 3:8 The People's Stability is the Minister's Comfort
- 1 Thessalonians 3:9,10 A Minister's Joy in His People
- 1 Thessalonians 3:12, 13 The Effect of Love on Universal Holiness
DAVID THOMPSON SERMONS 1 THESSALONIANS
JOHN TRAPP COMMENTARY 1 Thessalonians
BOB UTLEY - 1 Thessalonians - Amillenial.
- 1Thessalonians 3:1-5 - "God's Word Establishes And Encourages Us In Our Faith"
- 1Thessalonians 3:6-10 - "Paul Is Encouraged By The Steadfastness Of Their Faith"
- 1Thessalonians 3:11-13 - "May The Lord Cause You To Increase And Abound In Love"