Printable Study Guide for the Bible Books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians

Study the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians in the Bible when you use this printable outline to discover historical events, timelines and themes.

THE BOOK OF 1 THESSALONIANS

Two of Paul’s 13 letters (epistles) were written to a church in the city of Thessalonica. It was during his second missionary journey that he made the stop, right after his imprisonment in Philippi. So when an angry mob goes after him, he decides to flee and stay for a bit in the city of Corinth. It was there that he wrote his first letter to the Thessalonian church, letting him know how proud of them he was for their perseverance under persecution.

“In all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith…therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 

1 Thessalonians 3:7 and 5:11

He goes on to write about the hope they have in Jesus’ second return and prays for continued strength and spiritual maturity.

THE BOOK OF 2 THESSALONIANS

Six months later, after Timothy visits Paul with a report on how the Thessalonian church is doing, he follows up with a second letter.

Timothy reports that while the church is still growing in faith and love, there are false prophets speaking to them on Paul’s behalf. Paul warns the church of the false teaching that Christ has already returned and they have been left behind.

Many in the church have stopped working because of this news and Paul reteaches them that Christ is yet to return, and they should stay focused.

“As for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right." 

2 Thessalonians 3:13

PRINTABLES FOR THE BIBLE BOOKS OF 1 & 2 THESSALONIANS

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