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 idea of this text is.
B. How does our understanding of God’s grace bring us peace, even amid trials and persecution? Share.
C. Personal Application: Share an experience [...]

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 fundamental message to fellow Christians today?

[Thought Questions for Church Life September 5, 2012]