Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wait For #Christ: Introduction And Outline For 2 Thessalonians


Apparently, this letter was written shortly after 1 Thessalonians, as a follow up on some of the same issues (cf. 3:11).


As a follow up on 1 Thessalonians, the missionary team wrote: 1) to express thanks for the Thessalonians increased faith and love (1; cf. 1 Thess. 3:12; 4:9-10); 2) to persuade them that God is just, and would vindicate them against those who persecuted them (2); 3) to make them steadfast in their faith about the Day of the Lord (2:1-12); 4) to exhort them to avoid unruly behavior (3:6-15); and 5) to give them a way to discern whether letters came from Paul (3:16-18).


Chapter 1 expresses thanks for the Thessalonians increased faith and love amidst persecution (1-5; cf. 1 Thess. 3:12; 4:9-10), and assures them of God's vindication (6-10). Chapter 2 corrects their understanding about the Day of the Lord, assuring them they were not in it. Chapter 3 exhorts them to avoid unruly behavior in light of these truths.

Theme: Wait for Christ


1. Reasons
     A. Because God will vindicate believers (1:1-12)
     B. Because believers do not enter the tribulation (2:1-12)

2. Ways
     A. By holding fast Bible doctrine (2:13-3:5)
     B. By avoiding the unruly (3:6, 13-15)
     C. By earning your own bread (3:7-12)

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.