Starting of the Thessalonian Church
Paul's “manner” was to first go to the synagogue and reason with them from the Scriptures. He has now learned the art of “reasoning” rather than “disputing.” Paul is proving from the Scriptures that the Messiah had to suffer and die and then rise from the dead. The death, burial, and resurrection of Christ is the Gospel in a capsule. But surely his preaching entailed much more than the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. We have to look at his two epistles to the Thessalonians to consider all that he actually preached there. Paul was only in Thessalonica three sabbath days. He was there less than a month. Yet he started a church in that short space of time, and he had “a great multitude” of believers. Then the jealous Jews attacked him.
The response to Paul's preaching was great.
Many devout Greeks and a number of prominent women joined Paul and adhered to his message. But the Bible-quoting Jews who should have been the first to receive the revival were vexed with jealousy instead. As we have said before, the ones closest to the truth were the greatest opponents of the new move of God. It always happens this way and history bears this out repeatedly.
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