11: Promise to the Persecuted – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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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 …]

Thursday: Glorifying Christ

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Read 2 Thessalonians 1:10-12. What does it mean that Jesus Christ will be glorified in His saints? The full sentence in this week’s text (2 Thess. 1:3-10) provides a number of important details about the second coming of Jesus. When Jesus returns, He will afflict the afflicters and provide rest for the afflicted (see 2 Thess. 1:6, 7, ESV). He will come … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Fire and Destruction

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Read 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9. What is the primary reason for the destruction of the wicked at the time of Jesus’ second coming? How are we to understand these verses with the idea of God as full of love, grace, and forgiveness? Many people are uncomfortable with the language of these verses. They feel that “pay back” (NIV), vengeance, … [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 …]

Tuesday: Suffering as a Sign of the End

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Second Thessalonians 1:5-10 in the Greek has an Old Testament feel (the Bible of most New Testament Christians was the Septuagint, a pre-Christian Greek translation of the Old Testament). Second Thessalonians exhibits many more references to the Old Testament than does 1 Thessalonians. Read 2 Thessalonians 1:5, 6. What is Paul saying? What promises are found in there? … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Paul’s Thanksgiving

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Paul had a tendency toward extra-long sentences.   Second Thessalonians 1:3-10 is a single sentence focusing primarily on events surrounding the second coming of Jesus. The central core of the sentence, however, is not focused on the Second Coming (2 Thess 1:3, author’s translation): “We are obligated at all times to give thanks to God concerning you.” Paul’s … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Fresh Greetings

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“Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess. 1:1, 2). What hope and promise is found even in such a simple greeting as this? How much theology is in there, … [Click to read more …]