Establishing the church of Christ in Macedonia at Thessalonica was a
test case in the Apostle Paul s evangelism. This work was the first major effort among people of Greek extraction and would indicate
whether the Greeks were going to be receptive and faithful to the message of Christ. Though the Thessalonians needed special
instruction and encouragement
regarding the need to work for a living, and to wait on the Lord s return, the Thessalonians became
faithful Christians. In fact, as Paul
and Silas tried to tell others in the Greek world about the Thessalonians reception of the Gospel, it became
unnecessary because the news had already spread about it (1 Thess. 1:8-9).
As in all Gary Hampton’s commentaries, each
chapter is followed by helpful questions for use in class and personal study.