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Paul in Thessalonica
Bible Passage Acts 17: 1-4
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books Acts, Philippians.

Paul in Thessalonica

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached May 10, 2023

1 Paul and Silas traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia and came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.

2 As usual, Paul entered there and on three Sabbaths discussed the Scriptures with them.

3 He explained and showed them that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead: โ€œThis very Jesus whom I proclaim to you is the Messiah.โ€

4 Some of them were persuaded and began to be associated with Paul and Silas, especially a large crowd of devout Greeks and the wives of many prominent men.


Paul and his helpers continued their journey along the long road called the Egnatian Way. They went south and then they went west. They traveled to Thessalonica.

Thessalonica was a big city and it was an important place for business. People from many different countries lived there and many people traveled there for trade. Many Jews lived there too.

Paul always went to the local synagogue first. (Look at Acts 13:46.) The people there wanted him to preach to them. They discussed the scriptures together with him. Paul talked about Jesus and explained prophecies from those scriptures.

Those prophecies proved that Jesus was the Messiah. The prophets said that the Messiah would suffer. They also said that He would become alive again. All this had happened to Jesus.

Some Jews believed what Paul said. But the new believers were mostly Gentiles. Mank important woman. Perhaps their husbands were the leaders of the city. Or perhaps the women had their own businesses, as Lydia had.

Luke writes that Paul spoke in the synagogue three times. But we know that Paul stayed in Thessalonica for a longer time. He stayed until they set up a church there with leaders (1 Thessalonians 5:12). It seems that he did a job there to earn money (1 Thessalonians 2:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:8). The Christians at Philippi sent gifts to him there (Philippians 4:16).

๐Ÿ”ท Like the Messiah, all believers must have a fair share of persecution and suffering

๐Ÿ”ท Women and the relegated ones in society have equal grace and opportunity as men

๐Ÿ”ท We must not relent in our quest to spread the word and preach the crucified Christ

๐Ÿ”ท We must observe the Sabbath and make it holy

๐Ÿ’ฅ Pray for the missionaries of God
๐Ÿ’ฅ Pray for people of low social status in society

The work of Paul to bring salvation to the Gentiles and other lower-class people infuriated some people. But he never gave up on his assignment. He preached without any fears and God was with him to prosper his works.

In series Bright Morning Reflections