2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

  1. What advice and warnings does Paul give here to encourage a healthy attitude towards the Lord’s return?
  2. Examine the methods, motives, power and end of Satan and his human agents.
    What does this teach us about the subtlety and nature of sin?
    Who are to be deceived thereby, and for what reasons?

Note. Verse 3. ‘The man of lawlessness’: in the New Testament this seems to refer to both a principle and a person. Cf. 1 John 2:18. In the last days he will appear in his final from as the incarnation of evil. The Antichrist, but he has had and will have precursors up till that time.

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2 Thessalonians 1

  1. Verses 5-12. When men suffer for Christ what two prospects of things which are to be fulfilled by Christ at his return should be a comfort to them?
    What two complementary things will Christ then do?
  2. Notice the subjects of Paul’s thanksgiving and prayer for his fellow Christians at Thessalonica.
    Is this how you pray for others?
    Compare your aims in the Christian life with those implied here to be desirable.

Notes

  1. Verse 5. This evidence of the righteous judgment of God’: It affords proof- since God is righteous – that his day of judgment and just recompense will certainly come.
  2. Verse 7-10. Cf. Is. 66:15, 16; Matt. 13:40-43; Like 3:17.

 

1 Thessalonians 5

  1. Verses 1-11. How will the ‘day of the Lord’ break upon the world, and what will it mean
    (a) for people in general, and
    (b) for Christians?
    Cf. Matt. 24:32-44; Luke 21:25-28.
  2. What practical effects should the prospect of the Lord’s return have on our attitude and behaviour?
    Make your own list of the injunctions of this chapter and examine your own life in the light of them.

1 Thessalonians 4

  1. Verses 1-12. What aims and aspects of Christian living are emphasized in these verses?
    Why should we so live?
    And what makes such a standard of living possible for us?
  2. Verses 13-18. In what ways do these words on the Lord’s return bring comfort?
    State in your own words what Paul says will happen. On what grounds can we be sure of our share in such a wonderful hope?

1 Thessalonians 3

  1. In what ways did Paul show his love and concern for the Thessalonian Christians?
    When, like Paul, we pray for our fellow-Christians, what does his example suggest that we ought to pray for them?
  2. What is taught here concerning suffering for Christ?
    Cf. John 16:33; 2 Tim. 3:12. To what danger does such an experience expose us (cf. 1 Pet. 5:8, 9), and how are they to be successfully faced?
  3. Verses 11-13. How are love and sanctification linked in these verses?
    Does this teach us anything important about what is involved in becoming holy?

1 Thessalonians 2

  1. Verses 1-12, 17-20. List all the characteristics of a faithful Christian worker that these verses mention.
    Which do I particularly need to work on?
  2. Verses 13-16. Consider the place of the Word of God in the work of the gospel.
    What differing responses does it evoke from those who hear it?
    Is this still true today?

1 Thessalonians 1

  1. What explanation does this chapter give of the way in which these Thessalonians become Christians?
    Am I taking a similar share in the reception and spread of the gospel of Christ?
  2. Pick out the outstanding features of the Christian life and character of these converts.
    Making every allowance for the difference in circumstances, is our Christian life of this kind?
  3. What marks of a work of the Holy Spirit are mentioned here?
    Can we share in a similar experience?