The Message of 1 & 2 Thessalonians, By John Stott
The Message of 1 & 2 Thessalonians
  • Length: 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: May 18, 2021
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 2444
  • ISBN: 9780830824441

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The gospel shapes the church and the church spreads the gospel. In his heartfelt letters to the Thessalonians, the apostle Paul calls believers again and again to these essential truths. To encourage and correct the young church in Thessalonica, Paul addresses many issues that are still of vital importance today, such as Christian community, church leadership, moral living, evangelism, and what we need to know about the end times.

With scholarly rigor and pastoral care, John Stott opens up the rich truths found in 1 and 2 Thessalonians. He guides readers through each passage, exploring historical background, key themes, and applications for today. In 1 Thessalonians Stott highlights the themes of the relationship between the gospel and the church, and in 2 Thessalonians he identifies a Christian perspective on history. Both letters provide valuable insights into Paul's model of ministry and the life of a congregation in a highly challenging context.

This revised edition of a classic Bible Speaks Today volume includes updated language and Scripture quotations and a new interior design. A study guide for individuals or groups is included to help readers engage more deeply with the text.


General preface
Author’s preface
Chief abbreviations
Select bibliography

Part 1: The message of 1 Thessalonians: the gospel and the church
1. Christian evangelism (1:1–10)
2. Christian ministry (2:1 – 3:13)
3. Christian behaviour (4:1–12)
4. Christian hope (4:13 – 5:11)
5. Christian community (5:12–28)

Part 2: The message of 2 Thessalonians: a Christian perspective on history
Introduction to 2 Thessalonians
6. The revelation of Christ (1:1–12)
7. The rebellion of Antichrist (2:1–17)
8. The responsibility of Christians (3:1–18)

Study guide


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John Stott

John R. W. Stott (1921–2011) has been known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist, and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain and the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974).

Stott's many books have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. His best-known work, Basic Christianity, has sold two million copies and has been translated into more than sixty languages. Other titles include The Cross of Christ, Understanding the Bible, The Contemporary Christian, Evangelical Truth, Issues Facing Christians Today, The Incomparable Christ, Why I Am a Christian, and Through the Bible Through the Year, a daily devotional. He has also written eight volumes in The Bible Speaks Today series of New Testament expositions.