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Bullet-Point Snapshot of 1 Thessalonians

As part of the PRAISE method of Bible reading, described on the 6 Bible Study Steps page,

Step 1: Pray
Step 2: Read
Step 3: Analyze
Step 4: Interpret
Step 5: Summarize
Step 6: Exercise

Step # 5 is to make a list of the top 3-5 points or purposes of the book (= a bullet-point summary or snapshot).

Here are a couple of my attempts to create a title and a bullet-point snapshot for 1 Thessalonians:

Title

More and More: Serving God while Waiting for Jesus—in Spite of Suffering

Alternative (Providing a Bullet-Point Snapshot)

Growing in God: in Faith, in Love, in Hope, and in Encouragement

If we expand this, it provides a nice inkblot-zapping framework that you can use quickly to “weigh” a verse cited from the book of 1 Thessalonians (as it will help to jog your memory of the book-level context):

Growing in God:
     . . . in Faith
    •  in the good news of Jesus
    •  the teachings of Jesus
    •  and the faithfulness of God
    . . . in Love
    •  in marriage
    •  in community
    •  in lifestyle
    . . . in Hope
    •  in the 2nd coming of Jesus
    •  the resurrection and reunion with Christ
    •  and in the final judgment of God
    . . . and in Encouragement
    •  in the face of suffering
    •  for each other within a community of faith

Memorize this or something like it (based on your own work in the text) and you join the elite club of inkblot-zappers for the Bible book of 1 Thessalonians.

3 comments on “Bullet-Point Snapshot of 1 Thessalonians

  1. Very nice/concise, Greg! This is a keeper….

  2. Thanks for the comments. My summary may not do justice to the concept of encouragement. Were I to describe what the purpose of 1 Thessalonians is, I think I would say something like “To encourage Christians to keep on growing no matter what.” And it’s actually to help Christians learn to encourage each other to keep on growing no matter what.

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