Questions for Reflection for Study of 2 Thessalonians

Over the next couple of weeks, the journey through the Bible takes me to 2 Thessalonians. This is a letter written by Paul to clarify further his teaching about the second coming of Christ.

The Thessalonians had to overcome violent opposition but were steadfast in hope. Paul encouraged, comforted, and urged the new Christians in a courteous, gentle, and open way to live lives worthy of God so they could change the world for the better. Below is a poem inspired by this study:

Change the World for the Better

Make the Impossible Possible
Using faith to initiate
And the love of God
To always allocate.

Go the extra mile
With a steadfastness
Which hope provides
As you enter His vastness.

Share with each other
In a courteous, gentle way
Like a friend encourages
With praises for this day.

Strengthen and encourage
Being always thoughtful
In ways to help each other
To spread the Gospel.

Have faith in God’s instructions
To live an amazing life
By winning the unseen
Battles and daily strife.

Doing good deeds
Daily like clockwork
Inspired by eternal hope
From His handiwork.

For Jesus is the bridge
To the eternal thereof
So encourage each other
With brotherly love.

Be alert and prepared
To receive the Spirit above
Using God’s tools
Of faith hope, and love.

Pray continually;
Receive the fullness;
Help the weak;
Protect all goodness.

Being patient and kind
As you share with everyone
And receive the great joy
Of sharing about His Son.

By Mark Shields – © 02-02-2017

Join me over the next couple of weeks as I step ahead using the questions below to inspire thoughts and ideas in how we can apply the lessons learned in this study.

2 Thessalonians 1
Why does Paul thank God for the Thessalonians? To what end does Paul always pray for the Thessalonians? What connection does this prayer have with Christ’s return? What kind of future does the unbeliever face?

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
What warning does Paul give the Thessalonians regarding Christ’s return? What happenings and attitudes will precede Christ’s return? How will Jesus’ coming destroy the man of lawlessness? How will you express the truth today?

2 Thessalonians 2:13 through 3:5
Who are responsible for the Thessalonians’ belief? On what do you base your faith and belief? How can you have more concern for brothers and sisters in Christ?

2 Thessalonians 3:6-17
What problem is discussed here? What kind of example are you for others? What are some important activities you could be involved in that would make a difference for you and those around you?

The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.

Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
 
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast
Christ Notes
Family Times
Image Source

 

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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