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INTRODUCTION: We are now going to look at the apostle Paul’s teaching to believers.
· The apostle Paul had encouraged the believers in chapter one of 2 Thessalonians.
· He had given them enlightenment concerning the doctrine of the “day of the Lord” and the return of Christ in chapter two.
· Now in this final chapter, Paul gives the believers some practical advice and exhortations.
· This advice is not just for the church at Thessalonica, but it is certainly applicable to US today.
I. PRAY FOR US. (2 Thessalonians 3:1-5)
A. Be praying.
1. Pray for the ministry. (2 Thessalonians 3:1)
(2 Thessalonians 3:1) Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
a. That the Word of the Lord might go forth unhindered.
(1) Even though Satan is at work in this world, we can still pray and see God answer.
(2) The only way to counteract Satan's lies is with the truth of God's Word
(3) Paul asked them to pray that the Word might have free course or run freely, unhindered
b. Like it did in Thessalonica. (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
(1 Thessalonians 2:13) For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
(1) In only a few short weeks of ministry there God had worked mightily through His Word
(2) So it was that God's Word was glorified through the lives of those who received it.
2. Pray for the minister (the servant). (2 Thessalonians 3:2)
(2 Thessalonians 3:2) And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
a. No one wins the battle alone.
(1) There has never been a preacher used of God who was not supported in prayer by God's people
(2) No matter how talented, gifted, or intelligent a man may be (and Paul was certainly all of these) he still needs God's people praying for him.
(3) The majority of God's work is done not on our feet, but on our knees!
b. Paul had told them to pray.
(1) For their deliverance from unreasonable and wicked men.
(2) The believers in Thessalonica were going through very difficult times, but they needed to remember that they weren't the only ones who were having trouble.
(3) It will help us when we are going through trials, if we remove our focus from ourselves and place it upon the needs of others.
Why was Charles Spurgeon such a great preacher?
Five young college students were spending a Sunday in London, so they went to hear the famed C.H. Spurgeon preach. While waiting for the doors to open, the students were greeted by a man who asked, "Gentlemen, let me show you around. Would you like to see the heating plant of this church?" They were not particularly interested, for it was a hot day in July. But they didn't want to offend the stranger, so they consented.
The young men were taken down a stairway, a door was quietly opened, and their guide whispered, "This is our heating plant." Surprised, the students saw 700 people bowed in prayer, seeking a blessing on the service that was soon to begin in the auditorium above. Softly closing the door, the gentleman then introduced himself. It was none other than Charles Spurgeon. -- Our Daily Bread. April 11, 2004
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Prayer is the first thing, the second thing, the third thing necessary to a minister. Pray, then, my dear brother; pray, pray, pray. -- Preacher and Prayer, by E.M. Bounds, 1907, p. 32.
INSIGHT: What the Church needs today is NOT more machinery or better, NOT new organizations or more novel methods, but men and women whom the Holy Spirit can use – men and women of prayer, men and women mighty in prayer
B. Be patient.
1. Through our confidence in God. (2 Thessalonians 3:3-4)
(2 Thessalonians 3:3-4) 3But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 4And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
a. The Holy Spirit is faithful
b. The Holy Spirit will establish us -- will stabilize us
c. The Holy Spirit will protect us from evil
d. The Holy Spirit will work through us as we are obedient to Him
2. In the love of God. (2 Thessalonians 3:5a)
(2 Thessalonians 3:5a) And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God,….
a. In the midst of their trials, Paul admonishes them to not forget to love the Lord.
b. The Lord is more interested in our hearts than in what we do or say.
c. If He has our love, everything else will fall in line.
3. In waiting for His return. (2 Thessalonians 3:5b)
(2 Thessalonians 3:5b) …and into the patient waiting for Christ.
a. Once again Paul sets before them the goal of the Christian's expectation – the Lord Jesus Christ!
(Titus 2:13) Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
b. We should face each day with the realization that Jesus could return before that day ends.
II. WALK IN TRUTH. (2 John 4-6)
A. Walk in God’s truth. (2 John 4-6)
(2 John 4-6) 4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. 5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
1. The truth is not something we simply study or believe; it is a motivating force in our lives.
2. It is not enough to know the truth; we must show it through our actions wherever we are.
3. John rejoiced because he was certain this lady’s children were walking in the truth (the equivalent of “walking in the light”), see 1 John 1.
B. Walk in God’s love. (2 John 6)
(2 John 6) And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
Christian love is simple OBEDIENCE to the Word of God! Children love their parents by OBEYING them. “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15).
INSIGHT: How sad it is when Christians claim to love the Bible but hate the brethren. While God’s people may differ in their interpretations of certain passages in the Word of God, they must all agree on loving one another. (1) Where there is a sincere love for the Bible, (2) there will be a love for God’s people. (3) Loving the truth and loving the brethren cannot be separated.
III. DON’T BE DECEIVED. (2 John 7-11)
A. Those who deceive. (2 John 7).
(2 John 7) For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
Here John is referring to the false teachers mentioned in his first epistle. He reminds us that the test of a teacher is what he or she believes about Jesus Christ. If this teacher denies that Jesus Christ came in the flesh, then he or she is false and from the Antichrist. While the one great “Man of Sin” (or Antichrist) will be revealed at the end of the age (1 Thess. 2), the spirit of Antichrist is already in the world (see 1 John 4:3).
B. Those who destroy. (2 John 8).
(2 John 8) Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
Here John warns us not to destroy the things that have been wrought in Christ. The easiest way to get detoured from your Christian walk and to lose all the spiritual ground you have gained is to get involved with FALSE DOCTRINE. Satan is a destroyer, and he uses lies to rob God’s people of their blessings.
C. Those who depart. (2 John 9).
(2 John 9) Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
1. The word “transgresseth” here means “go beyond.”
That is, these false teachers are not content to stay within the limits of the Word of God. They are “progressive” and “modern,” preferring to go beyond the Bible and “improve on” what God has written. This is the wrong kind of progress! While Christians are to progress in their walk, they must never go beyond the limits of the Bible. We are to “abide” in the doctrine, affirming the fundamentals of the Word of God.
2. John warns us not to entertain these false teachers in our homes or even to greet them. (2 John 10-11)
(2 John 10-11) 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
Any aid that we give to false teachers is a share in their evil deeds. FIND OUT WHAT PEOPLE BELIEVE BEFORE YOU LET THEM INTO YOUR HOME OR GIVE THEM DONATIONS. Check with your pastor if you have any questions.
By Dave Branon
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7)
How would you answer the following questions:
1. Did Jesus ever sin?
2. Was Jesus resurrected?
3. Do all religions teach the same basic ideas?
· According to George Barna and Mark Hatch in their book Boiling Point, many people who call themselves Christians have a hard time with questions like these.
When Barna and Hatch surveyed professing believers, one-fourth said Jesus committed sins, one-third said He did not rise from the dead, and one-third said all religions are basically the same.
· These are troubling statistics, for they reveal a serious lack of biblical understanding.
The answers to the questions above are concepts that are clearly defined in Scripture and are foundational to the truth of the gospel.
· So, what can we do to make sure that we are “established in the faith?” (Colossians 2:7).
(1) We must dedicate ourselves to read and study the Bible. (2) We should seek the help of godly teachers and dependable resources. (3) We must ask God to lead us to truth and to keep us from error.
· As God’s people, we must love the truth, look for the truth, and live by the truth. -- Adapted from Dave Branon, Our Daily Bread, January 9, 2003
FOR FURTHER STUDY
sin: (see 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15; 1 Pet. 1:19; 2:22).
Jesus was resurrected: (see John 20-21; 1 Cor. 15:1-20).
Jesus is the only way to God: (see John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “Truth is NOT determined by how many people believe it.”
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REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network (www.ttb.org), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: (http://www.intouch.org/), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: (http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook (www.sermonnotebook.org), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries (http://rbc.org/), selected illustrations, and other references.
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