Introduction to 2 Thessalonians

Coming up next, we will spend five days in the book of 2 Thessalonians. Paul wrote this book to encourage persecuted believers in Thessalonica and to clear up the confusion some were experiencing, that the Day of the Lord had already occurred. He wrote to further explain what the Day of the Lord would be like, and to exhort them to not grow idle or tire in doing good but continue to grow in their holiness as they waited for the Lord’s return.

This is a message we need to hear today as well! As followers of Jesus, we believe that He will return one day, but are we living our daily lives in light of this promise?

Are we loving the lost people in our lives and telling them the truth of the gospel? 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10 should be a sobering statement to us regarding those who never choose to follow Christ:

“He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power on the day [Jesus] comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed.”

How can we grow idle when so many around us are perishing and facing judgment one day? As you pray 2 Thessalonians, think about the lost people in your life with whom you could share your life as well as the gospel of Jesus. Commit to praying for them daily. May the message of the Lord spread rapidly and be honored through your life (3:1), may your faith grow more and more (1:3b), and may you never tire of doing what is right (3:13).

Join us on a journey through 2 Thessalonians, and invite someone to pray with you!

2 thessalonians

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