I am preparing a teaching and preaching series for the Thames Valley and Watford churches. We will go through the first epistle to the Thessalonians starting in January 2023.

One of the first steps I took was to do a word analysis of the book. In my Accordance Bible software I searched for repeated words. I found 89 verses with 1944 total words and 895 different forms of words.

The clear and unambiguous focus was God and people. In other words, the God and his relationships as well as the relationship between his people.

Here are the most repeated words:

* God – 35; God’s – 7
* Lord – 22; Lord’s – 2
* Jesus – 16; Son – 1
* sisters – 15; brothers – 13
* Christ – 10

Then the following:
– Faith – 8
– Love – 8; loved – 3
– Gospel – 6

What of our ‘epistles’, lessons, podcasts, and the like? What are the most repeated words? And why? Have you done an analysis of your most recent lesson? Why not count the most repeated words and see what you find.

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