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   Paul's Benedication for the Thessalonians
   2 Thessalonians 3:16-18
Sunday School,  August 18, 2013
As Paul closed his second letter to the Thessalonians he wanted them to experience the peace and presence of the Lord. The topics he addressed in this letter did not offer the world's kind of peace. Persecution, a phony letter with wrong information, and a person(s)in the fellowship living an unruly life, when dealt with biblically, would result with God's true peace. The letter was authentic and authoritative based on the token his personal signature.

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   Church Discipline
   2 Thessalonians 3:13-15
Sunday School,  August 4, 2013
Did Paul intend this passage to be a milder form of church discipline? If not, how does this passage mesh with other New Testament passages on this subject? In the instructions Paul gives the church concerning the idle Thessalonians, we are reminded of the importance of Christian admonition and restoration, the goal of the whole process of church discipline.

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   Disorderly Conduct - Part 2
   2 Thessalonians. 3:6-15
Sunday School,  July 28, 2013
This is the third occasion that Paul felt compelled to address the Thessalonians refusal to work. In this lesson we see Paul moving to a more stern tone in responding to this problem. There are six actions taken from this text that Paul advises the Thessalonian church to take. He ends with an admonition that these people are brothers and not enemies.

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   Disorderly Conduct - Part 1
   2 Thessalonians. 3:6-15
Sunday School,  July 21, 2013
Paul identifies disorderly conduct as being the refusal of the Thessalonians to work. This lesson deals with some background of why they refused to work and some reasons identified as to why they should.

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   Mutual Prayer
   2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
Sunday School,  July 14, 2013
Any believer who seeks to serve the Lord will discover hindrance by the enemy of our souls. The ministry was very difficult in Corinth (Acts 18) and the Apostle Paul asks the saints in the church at Thessalonica to pray for those involved in the ministry among the Corinthian people. Paul desires them to pray that what God did in Thessalonica would be accomplished in Corinth as well. Mutual prayer is the title of this lesson because the paragraph begins with Paul asking for prayer from the saints at Thessalonica and ends with Paul praying for them. It is just as urgent that we regularly pray for one another as we seek to serve Christ.

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   God from the Beginning
   2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
Sunday School,  June 30, 2013
In this lesson, Chip Worrell looks at the doctrine of election in Scripture.

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   The Day of the Lord Has Not Yet Come - Part 2
   2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Sunday School,  June 23, 2013
Why were the Thessalonians anxious in mind? What false doctrine was being spread in that church? Paul assures the saints there that they had not missed the gathering of the saints to Christ and that the Day of the Lord had not yet come. He proves this by showing that Day of the Lord events had not yet taken place and urges them to remember his teaching. (This is part 2 of 2 on 2 Thess 2:1-12.)rges them to remember his teaching.

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   The Day of the Lord Has Not Yet Come - Part 1
   2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Sunday School,  June 16, 2013
Why were the Thessalonians anxious in mind? What false doctrine was being spread in that church? Paul assures the saints there that they had not missed the gathering of the saints to Christ and that the Day of the Lord had not yet come. He proves this by showing that Day of the Lord events had not yet taken place and urges them to remember his teaching.

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   All to the Glory of God
   2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
Sunday School,  June 9, 2013
Suffering is a calling from God. God's grace and peace is suffiecient at thest times. Others are blessed and God is glorified by those who show love for one another and patience in and through tribulation

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   God's Righteous Judgment and the Persecutors
   2 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Sunday School,  June 2, 2013
God is righteous in all His ways which includes his judgment against those who persecuted the Thessalonian Christians. They will be troubled by God with horrible recompense for their unbelief and hateful sin. This righteous judgment will take place at the Return of Christ in glory. Their fate will be everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord.

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   God's Righteous Judgment and the Persecuted
   2 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Sunday School,  May 26, 2013
God is righteous in all His ways, to include using the persecution of unbelievers to strengthen their faith and to fulfill His promises. God counted them worthy of His kingdom, will give them rest in the future, and allow them to share in the glory at the return of Christ. These truths about the Thessalonians are part of the glory he shares with other churches.

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   Paul's Gratitude
   2 Thessalonians 1:3-4
Sunday School,  May 19, 2013
Paul begins this second epistle much the same way as he did the first epistle. The church at Thessalonica is not yet quite a year old and already the saints were maturing rapidly and the church was flourishing. Paul said that he was bound to thank God always for them. We ought to always thank God for our family in Christ. Paul expresses his gratitude for their growing faith, their abounding love and their patience in the midst of the persecution and tribulations they were enduring.

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   Introduction to Second Thessalonians
   2 Thessalonians 1:1-4
Sunday School,  May 12, 2013
First Thessalonians emphasizes Christ’s return for the saints while Second Thessalonians emphasizes the Day of the Lord, that time when God pours out His wrath against sin, sinners and sinful nations. Both epistles reveal who Jesus is and what He will do for saints and unsaved sinners. The purpose of the second letter relates to confusion concerning these two events. Someone wrote a letter to this young body of believers, forging Paul’s signature, telling them that the Day of the Lord had already come. Many of the saints, due to the intensive persecution against the church, thought that the forged letter must be true.

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   Read Your Bible, Pray Every Day
   1 Thessalonians 5:25-28
Sunday School,  May 5, 2013
Paul wraps up his letter to the beloved church with a challenge to pray, love one another, and read the Scriptures. In these brief remarks, we find much for us to follow in the way of Christ.

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   Paul's Benediction for the Thessalonians
   1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Sunday School,  April 14, 2013
Paul brings the first letter to the Thessalonians to a close with his third prayer for them. It is also the benediction on their behalf. He prays that all their being, spirit, soul, and body would be totally separated to the God who brought them peace. He prays they will be kept blameless until the coming of Jesus Christ. Finally, he assures them that their spiritual health and growth is assured based upon God's faithfulness.

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   Pithy Guidelines for Christian Vitality
   1 Thessalonians 5:19-22
Sunday School,  April 7, 2013
In this lesson, we try to untangle the second table of brief bullet commands in 1 Thessalonians 5. From them, we learn to abhor sin and see the world with biblical discernment.

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   The Daily Practice of Christian Worship
   1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Sunday School,  March 24, 2013
These three commands point us to the imperative of Christian worship. This lesson begins with a review of the fulfillment in the practice of worship and then discusses the interrelationship of Christian joy, prayer, and thanksgiving.

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   Instructions for Building a Young Church
   1 Thessalonians 5:12-15
Sunday School,  March 17, 2013
The apostle Paul here gives instructions to the young Thessalonian church. Paul teaches concerning the relationship of church leaders to members and also the relationship of member to member. This practical instruction comes immediately after his inspiring teaching on the Lord's second coming.

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   The Day of the Lord – Part 2
   1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Sunday School,  March 10, 2013
1 Thessalonians 5:2 states that the Day of the LORD will come as a thief in the night. Reading about the Day of the Lord, most people think only in negative terms: the wrath of God against sinners. Chapter five reveals both a negative and a positive aspect to this event on God’s prophetic calendar. Indeed, sinners are appointed to wrath (5:1-3, 9) but saints (those who are in Christ) are appointed to salvation (5:4-11).

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   The Day of the Lord – Part 1
   1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Sunday School,  March 3, 2013
1 Thessalonians 5:2 states that the Day of the LORD will come as a thief in the night. Reading about the Day of the Lord, most people think only in negative terms: the wrath of God against sinners. Chapter five reveals both a negative and a positive aspect to this event on God’s prophetic calendar. Indeed, sinners are appointed to wrath (5:1-3, 9) but saints (those who are in Christ) are appointed to salvation (5:4-11).

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   Comfort Comes by Believing in the Rapture of the Saints
   1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Sunday School,  February 24, 2013
Paul wrote to comfort the Thessalonians by sharing with them the revelation God had given him. Those in Christ who died would not be at a disadvantage when Jesus came for His saints. At the rapture, the dead in Christ would rise first and then those alive would be caught up together with them in the clouds. Believing this truth offered them the comfort they needed so they would not sorrow as those with no hope. This is God's word to us today.

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   Love and Lazy Busybodies
   1 Thessalonians 4: 9-12
Sunday School,  February 10, 2013
What is Love? Is there a difference between brotherly love and love for a neighbor? Why is it important and what instructions were the Thessalonian church relying upon for knowing what God's desire about it were? Also, what was up with the admonition about "working with your own hands"? Does this apply to Bethany and how? Audience comments galore ensued.

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   Christ's Command and the Antithesis of Brotherly Love - Part 2
   1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Sunday School,  February 3, 2013
In these verses, Paul begins with an admonition to live of the life of a Christian, and stresses the importance of progressing in that life. Then he explains, quite concretely, one of the ways brotherly love is exercised in the church of Christ, namely, through abstaining from fornication. To fornicate is to disobey, not the apostles, but God himself.

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   Christ's Command and the Antithesis of Brotherly Love - Part 1
   1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Sunday School,  January 27, 2013
In these verses, Paul begins with an admonition to live of the life of a Christian, and stresses the importance of progressing in that life. Then he explains, quite concretely, one of the ways brotherly love is exercised in the church of Christ, namely, through abstaining from fornication. To fornicate is to disobey, not the apostles, but God himself.

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   Paul's Prayer for the Church at Thessalonica
   1 Thessalonians 3:10-13
Sunday School,  January 20, 2013
There is no truth that establishes and motivates the believer more than the return of Jesus Christ. Each chapter in the two epistles of Thessalonians concludes with a reference to Christ’s coming. In I Thessalonians 3:1-13, Paul prays for the believers in Thessalonica. His prayer is a model for us as to how we should be praying for one another. He again concludes that we might be prepared to meet the Lord at His coming.

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   Encouraging Each Other in Faith and Love
   1 Thessalonians 3:6-9
Sunday School,  January 13, 2013
Timothy is sent to Thessalonica to check on the faith of the young church. Paul was worried about their spiritual condition. When Timothy returns with a positive report, the news rejuvenates Paul. What we can learn from these few verses can impact are relationships.

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   1 Thessalonians 3:1-5
   1 Thessalonians 3:1-5
Sunday School,  January 6, 2013
Paul, under the Holy Spirit's guidance sees fit to include much personal correspondence in the letter of 1 Thessalonians. This material gives us a window into authentic Christian ministry. In chapter 3:1-5 we see Paul's heart for the Thessalonians and his concern for their spiritual well being in the midst of persecution. Paul reminds them that suffering affliction for Christ is a Christian norm. We as American Christians would do well to think on that truth.

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   Paul's Longing
   1 Thessalonians 2:17-20
Sunday School,  December 30, 2012
Paul is refuting apparent accusations that he had just abandoned the new church in Thessalonica and is apathetic toward them because he had not returned for a visit. In this portion of the letter, he explains his intense desire to see them in person and gives the reason he has not bee able to return.

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   Authentic Ministry
   1 Thessalonians 2:9-12
Sunday School,  November 25, 2012
Paul had only three weeks to plant the church at Thessalonica. After his departure due to persecution, Paul feared that the believers would turn away. Evidently, some opponents of the gospel were trying to slander Paul and undermine his reputation in order to lure the believers away. Therefore, Paul takes great pains to remind them of the authenticity of his ministry among them. In the section, we gain valuable insight into what authentic ministry looks like.

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   Paul Defends His Ministry at Thessalonica
   1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Sunday School,  November 18, 2012
What does one say when his message and method is discounted? Paul, Silas, and Timothy were diligent in their motives as they proclaimed God's truth.

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   The Marks of God's Grace in the Church at Thessalonica
   1 Thessalonians 1:4-10
Sunday School,  November 4, 2012
As Paul opens his letter to the Thessalonians, he is overwhelmed with thanks to God for them because of the marks of God's supernatural work in them. As we look at these evidences of God's grace that brought Paul such joy, we as believers and as a church can look to imitate the Thessalonians.

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   Paul's Salutation
   1 Thessalonians 1:1-3
Sunday School,  October 28, 2012
First Thessalonians is the Apostle Paul’s first epistle (letter) written in the New Testament. He established a pattern with this letter that he continued in six other New Testament epistles. He always began with a salutation which included an introduction of the one writing the epistle, the church addressed and a greeting expressing some statement of good wishes for the readers. This greeting was often a desire for grace and peace which was common in the letters written in the Hellenistic world. For Paul’s readers, grace is God’s provision of everlasting life through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Peace was the byproduct in the inner lives of those who by faith accepted God’s provision.

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   Introduction to First Thessalonians
   1 Thessalonians; Acts 16:9-10; 17:1-14
Sunday School,  October 21, 2012
The city of Thessalonica was evangelized as part of the Second Missionary Journey by the Apostle Paul and his coworkers (Acts 17; 1 Thessalonians 1). They were led there by the Spirit of God by what we know as the Macedonian Vision (Acts 16:9-10). The letter to the church of Thessalonica was written by the Apostle Paul to encourage and comfort the church facing severe persecution (1:2-10; 2:13-16) and to correct misunderstandings concerning future events (4:13-5:11). Our study in the Book of Thessalonians should prove to be a great blessing as well as challenging. It is an intimate epistle as Paul writes like he is having a heart-to-heart talk with the new believers at Thessalonica.

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