God's Word for Today
Acts 17

December 11, 2011


Thessalonica was about 130 kilometers west of Philippi on the Egnatian Road, the major Roman highway. The city was inland but it is a seaport because three rivers flowed into the sea from there. It was an important city of that day, another Roman colony. Thessalonica, today known as Thessaloniki was founded by Cassander, king of Macedonia in 315 years before the birth of Christ.  Paul followed his usual custom of first preaching in the synagogue in Thessalonica. He was there only three Sabbaths, which means that he could not have been there longer than a month. In that short period of time he and his team did much work. Believers came to Christ, a local church was organized, and they taught them.  Later Paul, Silas and Timothy wrote two letters to this church, which we have in our Bibles, first and second Thessalonians.

Some of the people in Thessalonica believed. That always happens when you give out the Word of God. Some people believe and some don’t.   Many of the important women of the city believed.  Some of those who didn’t believe, were violent and came the house of Jason, where the missionaries were staying. Paul, Silas, and Timothy were not there, and the angry mob dragged Jason and some Christian brothers before the city authorities.  Jason paid the authorities some money and they released them. Since that bond would be forfeited if there was any more trouble, Paul and his companions had no choice but to leave.  Then Paul and his team traveled closer to the coast to the city of Berea.   We read a bit of Paul’s letters to the church in Thessalonica, where he said that Jesus is coming back again.  Are you ready for Him to come?  When He comes Christians will be taken up to be with Him and those who don’t believe will be left behind.  How I urge you this morning to believe in Jesus. For more see www.wdbydana.com/sermon.html