DAY 1 -
READING THROUGH |
2 THESSALONIANS 1:1-3
1) What two reasons do believers have for thanking God for other Christians?
2) Is my faith growing? How?
3) How does my love abound toward my fellow believers?
|2 Thessalonians 1:1-3|
"1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians
in God our Father and
the Lord Jesus Christ:
2 Grace to you and peace
from God our Father and
the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We are bound to thank God always
for you, brethren, as it is fitting,
because your faith grows exceedingly,
and the love of every one of you all
abounds toward each other"
"It is your duty to praise him. You are bound by the bonds of his love as long as you live to bless his name. It is meet and comely that you should do so. It is not only a pleasurable exercise, but it is the absolute duty of the Christian life to praise God." (Spurgeon)
DAY 2 - 2 Thessalonians 1:4-5|
* 1) Why did Paul boast to other churches about how the Thessalonian church dealt with persecutions and tribulations (differently from non-believers)?
* 2) What is the obvious evidence of God's righteous judgment?
* 3) Why did the Thessalonian church consider it a privelege to suffer for the Kingdom of God?
* 4) How does God consider the suffering of faithful Christians for the kingdom of God to be evidence that His judgment is righteous?
"Judgments of God [Easton Bible Dictionary]
The secret decisions of God's will (Psalms 110:5; 36:6).
The revelations of his will (Exodus 21:1; Deuteronomy 6:20; Psalms 119:7-175).
The infliction of punishment on the wicked (Exodus 6:6; 12:12; Ezekiel 25:11;
Revelation 16:7), such as is mentioned in Genesis 7:1-25; Genesis 19:24-25;
Judges 1:6-7; Acts 5:1-10, etc. -- also see: avenge, revenge"
DAY 3 - 2 Thessalonians 1:6-8|
* 1) Why NOT take revenge right now on enemies who trouble us, who don't know God, and who don't obey the Lord Jesus Christ?
* 2) Do you trust it is righteous for God to later repay with tribulation for people who currently trouble His people?
* 3) Why is it righteous for God to give rest later to people who have endured such troubling in life?
* 4) Do you trust God to take vengeance later, while you have an enduring life style now?
* 5) Can you love your enemy, and pray for those who despitefully use you? Why? See Matthew 5:43-48
|2 Thessalonians 1:6-8|
"6 since it is a righteous thing with God
to repay with tribulation
those who trouble you,
7 and to give you who are troubled
rest with us when
the Lord Jesus is revealed
from heaven with His mighty angels,
8 in flaming fire
taking vengeance on those
who do not know God,
and on those who do not obey
the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."
The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 12:18-20|
18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you,
live peaceably with all men.
19 Beloved, do not
but rather give place to wrath;
for it is written,
“Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”
says the Lord. 20 Therefore
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap
coals of fire on his head.” [Proverbs 25:21-22]
DAY 4 - 2 Thessalonians 1:9-10|
* 1) What punishment awaits people who don't know God and don't obey the Lord's gospel?
* 2) When will that punishment happen?
* 3) Who will glorify and admire Jesus Christ in that Day?
|2 Thessalonians 1:9-10|
" These [who do not know God, and who
do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ]
shall be punished with everlasting destruction
from the presence of the Lord and
from the glory of His power,
10 when He comes, in that Day,
to be glorified in His saints and
to be admired among all those
who believe, [who have believed]
because our testimony among you
DAY 5 - 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12|
* 1) How did Paul ask God to consider the church members in Thessalonia?
* 2) What did he ask God to fulfill in them?
* 3) Why would God do these things?
|2 Thessalonians 1:11-12|
"11 Therefore [these Thessalonians
who believed Paul's testimony]
we also pray always for you that
our God would count you worthy
of this calling, and fulfill
all the good pleasure of His goodness
and the work of faith with power,
12 that the name
of our Lord Jesus Christ
may be glorified in you,
and you in Him,
according to the grace of our God
and the Lord Jesus Christ."
2 THESSALONIANS 2
DAY 6 - 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2|
* 1) Have you heard that Jesus is coming back?
* 2) Do you know we are to be gathered together to Him?
* 3) What false news do some people spread to shake up believers?
|2 Thessalonians 2:1-2|
"1 Now, brethren, concerning
the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
and our gathering together to Him,
we ask you,
2 not to be soon shaken in mind
either by spirit
or by word
or by letter,
as if from us,
as though the day of Christ had come."
DAY 7 - 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4|
* 1) What holds back the Day of Christ from coming?
* 2) Who else holds back that Day?
* 3) Why does he exalt himself?
|2 Thessalonians 2:3-4|
"3 Let no one deceive you
by any means;
for that Day [of Christ] will not come
unless the falling away comes first,
and the man of sin [lawlessness]
is revealed, the son of perdition,
4 who opposes and exalts himself
above all that is called God
or that is worshiped,
so that he sits [as God]
in the temple of God,
showing himself that he is God."
DAY 8 - 2 THESSALONIANS 2:5-8|
* 1) Why does Paul remind them by letter what he had already revealed in person?
* 2) Is the mystery of lawlessness why bad things happen to God's people?
* 3) What will happen to Whoever is restraining lawlessness to some degree now?
|2 THESSALONIANS 2:5-8|
"5 Do you not remember that
when I was still with you
I told you these things?
6 And now you know what is
restraining, that he may be
revealed in his own time.
7 For the mystery of lawlessness
is already at work;
only He (he) who now restrains
will do so until He (he)
is taken out of the way.
8 And then the lawless one
will be revealed,
whom the Lord will consume
with the breath of His mouth
and destroy with the
brightness of His coming."
DAY 9 - 2 THESSALONIANS 2:9-10|
* 1) Who has planned the lawless one, the antichrist to come?
* 2) What work can Satan use to deceive those who are perishing?
* 3) How could those who perish have been saved?
|2 THESSALONIANS 2:9-10|
"9 The coming of the lawless one
is according to the working of Satan,
with all power, signs, and lying wonders,
10 and with all unrighteous deception
among those who perish,
because they did not receive the love
of the truth, that they might be saved."
DAY 10 - 2 THESSALONIANS 2:11-12|
* 1) Why does God send some people strong delusion?
* 2) Whose lie do these people believe?
* 3) What is the end result of taking pleasure in unrighteousness?
|2 THESSALONIANS 2:11-12|
"11 And for this reason
[that some won't
be saved - 2 Thessalonians 2:10]
God will send them
["those who perish"] strong delusion,
that they should believe the lie,
12 that they all may be condemned
who did not believe the truth
but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
DAY 11 - 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15|
* 1) What are we bound to do for fellow Christians?
* 2) When were we chosen for salvation?
* 3) How are we called to salvation?
|2 Thessalonians 2:13-15|
13 But we are bound to give
thanks to God always for you,
brethren beloved by the Lord,
because God from the beginning
chose you for salvation through
sanctification by the Spirit
and belief in the truth,
14 to which He called you
by our gospel,
for the obtaining of the glory
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast
and hold the traditions
which you were taught,
whether by word or our epistle."
DAY 12 - 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17|
* 1) How does Paul describe what our Lord and God has done?
2) What does Paul ask our Lord and God to do to our hearts?
3) How does Paul ask our Lord and God to establish us?
|2 Thessalonians 2:16-17|
16 Now may our Lord
Jesus Christ Himself,
and our God and Father,
who has loved us
and given us everlasting consolation
and good hope by grace,
17 comfort your hearts
and establish you
in every good word and work."
2 THESSALONIANS 3|
DAY 13 - 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2|
* 1) What does Paul request from the brethren in Thessalonia?
2) How does Paul ask for the word of the Lord to be received?
3) From whom does Paul ask for deliverance?
|2 Thessalonians 3:1-2|
1 Finally, brethren, pray for us,
that the word of the Lord may
run swiftly and be glorified,
just as it is with you,
2 and that we may be delivered
from unreasonable and wicked men;
for not all have faith."
DAY 14 - 2 Thessalonians 3:3-5|
* 1) What does the Lord do for us?
* 2) How does confidence in the Lord help our obedience?
* 3) Toward what do we ask the Lord to direct our hearts?
|2 Thessalonians 3:3-5|
3 But the Lord is faithful,
who will establish you and
guard you from the evil one.
4 And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you,
both that you do and will do
the things we command you.
5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts
into the love of God
and into the patience of Christ."
DAY 15 - 2 Thessalonians 3:6-9
* 1) What does Paul say to do about disorderly brothers who don't follow Christian tradition?
* 2) How do you follow someone like Paul?
* 3) Why work for wages and pay for your own food?
|2 Thessalonians 3:6-9|
6 But we command you, brethren,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that you withdraw from every brother
who walks disorderly
and not according to the tradition
which he received from us.
7 For you yourselves know
how you ought to follow us,
for we were not disorderly among you;
8 nor did we eat anyone’s bread
free of charge,
but worked with labor and toil
night and day,
that we might not be a burden
to any of you,
9 not because we do not have authority,
but to make ourselves an example
of how you should follow us."
DAY 16 - 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12|
* 1) What did Paul teach in person about working and eating?
* 2) When people don't work and are disorderly. what do they become?
* 3) Is there is any hope for busybodies, and if so, what are they to do?
|2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 (NKJV)|
10 For even when we were with you,
we commanded you this:
If anyone will not work,
neither shall he eat.
11 For we hear that there are some who
walk among you in a disorderly manner,
not working at all,
but are busybodies.
12 Now those who are such
we command and exhort
through our Lord Jesus Christ
that they work in quietness
and eat their own bread.
DAY 17 - 2 Thessalonians 3:13-15|
* 1) Do not get tired of doing what?
* 2) Who are we told to shame by not keep company with them?
* 3) Is such a disobedient person an enemy or still a brother?
|2 Thessalonians 3:13-15 (NKJV)|
13 But as for you, brethren,
do not grow weary in doing good.
14 And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle,
note that person
and do not keep company with him,
that he may be ashamed.
15 Yet do not count him as an enemy,
but admonish him as a brother."