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What One Theme Does 1 & 2 Thessalonians Boil Down To?

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Not such a hard question when it comes to Romans and Galatians. Justification by faith or the righteousness of God, perhaps?

But what about the so-called “stepchild of the Pauline corpus,” 1 and 2 Thessalonians?

That’s how John Byron describes this oft overlooked Pauline letter in his new 1 & 2 Thessalonians commentary in the groundbreaking Story of God Commentary series. And in today’s video he boils down the main theme of the letters to one word: hope.

“What you really do end up with in the letters to the Thessalonians is Paul’s desire to infuse hope into a difficult situation.” He explains the Thessalonians were lacking in hope, for a variety of reasons, and they needed hope for daily living.

Listen to Byron explain why this main theme is important to us and our people, as much as it was to Paul’s, and then consider crafting a sermon series using this insightful new resources.

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