Sabbath: Keeping the Church Faithful
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Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Thess. 2:13-3:18, Acts 17:11, Luke 10:25-28, Matt. 7:24-27, 18:15-17. Memory Text: “So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter” (2 Thessalonians 2:15, ESV). Key Thought: Even with all the grand and glorious promises for the future, we have to deal … [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 …]

Thursday: Truth and Lies
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Read 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12. Why does God allow so many to be deceived? According to this passage, what have the wicked rejected? Verse 11 is a text that many people find extremely challenging. Paul states very directly, “God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie” (2 Thess. 2:11, NIV). The knee-jerk response to … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Antichrist Revealed
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Read 2 Thessalonians 2:8-10. How do we understand these events? What’s especially important in all this about the phrase, “they received not the love of the truth”? The man of sin was introduced in 2 Thessalonians 2:3–4. Through much of Christian history he has operated to undermine God’s law (particularly the Sabbath) and to usurp powers 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 …]

Tuesday: The Restrainer
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According to Paul, what two things characterized the world situation at the time he wrote? How do we see the great controversy revealed in these verses? 2 Thess. 2:6–7. Combining these verses with the previous ones, we can see that Paul is outlining three stages of history from his time until the end. The final stage begins at … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Paul’s Short Answer
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In the short interval between 1 and 2 Thessalonians, the Thessalonian church members became confused about the meaning of what Paul wrote in the first letter. They drew the conclusion that the Second Coming was either at hand or had already come in some secret way (2 Thess. 2:2). Paul’s short answer to this problem? “That can’t … [Click to read more …]