1. Structure and outline

The outline of 1 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians 1:1–5:28 (ESV)

1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.

  • 1 Thessalonians 1:1 – Addressee and greeting

  • 1 Thessalonians 1:2–10 – Thanksgiving

  • 1 Thessalonians 2:1–16 – Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica

  • 1 Thessalonians 2:17–3:13 – Paul wants to visit Thessalonica. He has received a report of the visit of Timothy

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:1–5:23 – Instructions and teaching:

    • 1 Thessalonians 4:1–12 – Live a holy life

    • 1 Thessalonians 4:13–5:11 – The Christian hope and the Day of the Lord

    • 1 Thessalonians 5:12–23 – Final instructions

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23–28 – Final words of blessing and greeting