13: Keeping the Church Faithful – Thought Starters
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[Thought Questions for Keeping the Church Faithful September 26, 2012] 1. Change and growth. Can a church grow without changing? Of course not. By definition, growth requires change. Can a church change without growing?  Where does change without growth lead? If you’ve been attending the same church for five years, has the church changed during that time? … [Click to read more …]

13: Keeping the Church Faithful – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Despite the presence of difficulties in the Christian life, we should hope in the knowledge that God is with us to provide strength to overcome. [Teaching plan for Keeping the Church Faithful September 24, 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on … [Click to read more …]

12: The Antichrist – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Antichrist September, 19, 2012] 1. Are we there yet? Living two thousand  years ago with the recent memory of a Christ Jesus crucified and resurrected, what earthly reason did our Thessalonian brothers and sisters have for assuming Jesus would come that soon? What about us today? Why are we so sure that … [Click to read more …]

12: The Antichrist – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: The only protection against being overcome by Satan’s deceptions is loving the truth of God’s word.   [Teaching plan for The Antichrist September 17,2012] 1. Have a volunteer read 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is. B. Why did … [Click to read more …]

11: Promise to the Persecuted – Thought Starters
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Introduction Can we modern-day computer-saturated Christians even imagine what communication was like in Paul’s day? Today we consider it a disaster if we’re without electricity for an hour or two. Once current is available, we can flash a message to a relative or friend thousands of miles away and in seconds the message is being … [Click to read more …]

11: Promise to the Persecuted – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: God is aware of the injustices inflicted on His followers and will vindicate their faithfulness and punish their enemies when Christ returns. [Teaching plan for Promise to the Persecuted September 10, 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main … [Click to read more …]

10: Church Life – Thought Starters
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Introduction Three admonitions, six imperatives, eight brief admonitions, and closing prayer. This is how Paul concludes his first letter to the Thessalonians. Fasten your seat belts. This could be an exhilarating and life-altering experience for us, sitting with the rest of the last-day believers in church homes and other meeting places around the world. What is Paul’s … [Click to read more …]

10: Church Life – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Paul admonishes the Thessalonians on their attitude toward church leaders, keeping a positive Christian attitude, and how to relate to new light on prophecy. [Teaching plan for Church Life September 3. 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read I Thessalonians 5:12-15. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main … [Click to read more …]

09: Final Events – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : When we accept the gospel, we live it out in faith, hope, and love as we grow more and more into the image of Jesus..   [Teaching plan for Finial Events August 29, 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read I Thessalonians 5:1-3. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on … [Click to read more …]

09: Final Events – Thought Starters
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It was an unusual meeting taking place entirely in the minds of those attending. “Jesus is coming again in seven days.” One of the faithful who had seen Jesus after the resurrection was sure He would return right away. A week would be about right. “He’s coming on October 22, 1844.” A young Adventist believer spoke with conviction. “The Bible says … [Click to read more …]