Good morning on this great Wednesday! As we start the second chapter of 2nd Thessalonians, Paul reminds the church to not be deceived or alarmed by those truly against God, trying to lead a people into destruction in form of blasphemy and lie.
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever learned you had been lied to? Why were you convinced? Have you been able to forgive that person
_ What is one way the Lord is impacting the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
PRAY_ Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [ 1 Thessalonians 2.1-12 ] 2 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ Who does Paul say the Church is gathered to in vs.1? What does this mean for the followers in Thessalonica?
_ At what, does Paul say not to be shaken at, in vs.2?
_ What can we collect about the man of lawlessness described in vs.3-4?
_ What does the question asked in vs.5 reveal about this church’s current state of mind in facing these deceivers?
_ Who is being restrained in vs.6? What is restraining this person?
_ What is already at work in vs.7?
_ Who is Paul referring to as “he” in vs.7? What meaning does that bring to the verse?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond to what I learned today with a simple concrete step of action/obedience? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)