In 1976, well-known theologian, pastor, and philosopher Francis Schaeffer published a book with a title, How Should We Then Live? that resonated with many Christians of the day. The book pondered the development of Western culture from ancient Rome to the present and searched to answer existential questions of the 20th century. But Christians already had the answer to the question posed in the title. The answer came from another famous theologian, pastor, and philosopher in the 50s—two thousand years earlier, in the 50s of the 1st century.
Two small books of the New Testament, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, written by the apostle Paul to the believers in the Macedonian port city of Thessalonica, tell Christians how to live, no matter the century or the country. As we study 1 and 2 Thessalonians this month in Today in the Word, we’ll see that the issues they struggled with are similar to ours, and the gospel Paul preached to them makes the foundation of our lives as well.
We pray that as we look into the topics of prayer and hope, hope and love, hope and joy, hope and truth, hope and suffering, and others this month, we’ll better understand what it means to live “by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 1:3). Your prayers and financial contributions to Today in the Word help us share this hope with many readers. Thank you for your faithful support of this ministry. May we all grow in “endurance inspired by hope”!