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1 Thessalonians: A pastor’s heart

A. Greeting, 1:1

B. Thanksgiving for their testimony, 1:2-10

  • The nature of their thanksgiving, 1:2
  • The cause of their thanksgiving, 1:3-10
    • Their works, 1:3-4
    • Their witness, 1:5-10

C. Pastoral example, 2:1-12

  • The results of his ministry, 2:1
  • The boldness of his ministry, 2:2
  • The purity of his ministry, 2:3-6
  • The tenderness of his ministry, 2:7-9
  • The pattern of his ministry, 2:10-11
  • The goal of his ministry, 2:12

D. Pastoral concern, 2:13-3:10

  • His thanksgiving for their perseverance, 2:13-16
  • His explanation of his absence, 2:17-18
  • An expression of his longing, 2:19-20
  • Evidence of his concern: sending Timothy, 3:1-5
  • His comfort from Timothy‚Äôs report, 3:6-8
  • An expression of his thanks, 3:9-10

E. Pastoral prayer, 3:11-13

  • That God would bring him back to them
  • That they would abound in love
  • That their hearts would be established blameless in holiness

F. Pastoral exhortation, 4:1-5:22

  • Introduction, 4:1-2
  • Concerning sexual purity, 4:3-8
  • Concerning brotherly love, 4:9-12
  • Concerning those who have fallen asleep, 4:13-18
  • Concerning times and seasons, 5:1-11
  • Concerning miscellaneous matters, 5:12-22

G. Pastoral prayer, 5:23

  • That you might be sanctified completely
  • That your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless

H. Conclusion, 5:24-28

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