Week 52: 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians

Prepare these questions for Sunday, April 13, 2014. We will not meet April 6 due to Spring Break.

Yet another letter from Paul to a church community he helped to found, 1 Thessalonians is addressed to the people of Thessalonica. It is a letter of encouragement to the people to keep up the good work and to answer some theological questions they had.

1. Read chapter 4, verses 9-12. What advice does Paul give the Thessalonians for how to live their lives? What do you think of this advice?

2. At the end of Chapter 4 Paul addresses concerns about what happens when Christians die. What did he tell the Thessalonians and how does this information affect your view of death?

3. Read Paul's final instructions at the end of chapter 5. What final few pieces of advice does he give and what does this tell you about the struggles the Thessalonians were having?

In 2 Thessalonians Paul again writes to Thessalonica. It seems that some of what Paul said in his first letter was confusing and he wanted to clarify some points.

4. The believers in Thessalonica had apparently been told by someone that "the Day of the Lord" had already come and they were afraid they had missed it. This phrase was used in the Old Testament to mean a time when God's judgement punished the evil. What does Paul say in Chapter 2 about when God's final judgment will happen?

5. What warnings did Paul give against idleness and what do you think that means for modern believers?

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