Sunday School Lesson 816 Paul's Missionary Journey to Thessalonica and Barea

Lesson: 816 Lesson Name: Paul at Thessalonica & Berea
Theme: Choices / Real Opportunity

Reading: Acts 17:1-14, 1Thessalonians 1:1-10

Memory Verse: Acts 17:11
Memory Verse Text: They received the Word with all readiness of mind.

Attention Getter:

Point 1: Paul and Silas come to Thessalonica and after their custom enter the synagogue and reason with them about the OT Scriptures. Some believe and follow those who have brought them the truth of the gospel. But others are greatly moved with ENVY - O the damage done by this evil thing!
Point 2: Those who had believed sent Paul and Silas away. 1 Thessalonians 1 however reminds us that the gospel is self-propagating when believers appreciate His deliverance from wrath, follow the Lord, allowing His truth to shape them, and live with the reality of His Second Coming before them. 1Thessalonians 1:8 tells the results.
Point 3: Again entering into the Berean Synagogue they find those who diligently search the OT scriptures and with honesty of heart and mind welcome the Word. God is still looking for honest hearts and ready minds.
Point 4: Many of them believe. The Jews of Thessalonica come 50 miles (80 km) to stir things up again against Paul. Likely Paul is a special target because of his defection from such prominence amongst the Jews at the time of his conversion. Amazing how far the Devil's advocates will go to hinder the work of the Lord. Yet Silas and Timothy are left here to encourage the people and work of God.

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