I THESSALONIANS– Paul started the church at Thessalonica on his second missionary journey. He taught there for about three weeks, but then he had to leave because the Jews were opposing him so strongly. Paul wrote this letter from Corinth to encourage the Thessalonians and to teach them more about Christianity. He praised them for being brave and not giving up their faith “in spite of severe suffering.” He instructed them “how to live in order to please God.” And he taught them about Jesus’ second coming. He explained that the time of Jesus’ coming was secret, so they should keep on working hard till he came.


II THESSALONIANS–was sent from Corinth a little while after the first letter. Some people had misunderstood Paul and were sure Jesus was coming very soon. They had stopped working and were just waiting for Jesus. Paul told the Thessalonians again what Jesus’ second coming would be like. He reminded them to keep working hard till Jesus came.



PHILIPPIANS–was also written while Paul was in prison in Rome. The Philippians had sent Epaphroditus to Paul with a gift. While he was in Rome, Epaphroditus became sick, and the Philippians Christians were worried about him. After Epaphroditus was better, Paul sent him back to Philippi with this letter. Even though Paul was writing from prison this letter was full of joy. Paul was thankful for the love and helpfulness of the Philippians.


COLOSSIANS– is a third letter written from prison in Rome. Epaphras had come to Rome and told Paul that there were false teachers in Colosse who were telling the people that the Christian faith was incomplete. They were teaching the Colossians to worship angels and to follow special rules and ceremonies. Paul wrote to the Colossians to oppose these false teachers. He reminded them that Jesus is supreme over everything, that his death is all we need to save us from our sins, and that through him we are free from man-made rules.