THE BOOKS:

1 & 2 Thessalonians

(2 Thess. 3:1-5)

Here are some suggested memory verses:

1 Thess. 2:12 - walk in manner worthy

     3:13 - establish your hearts

     4:13 - those who are asleep

     5:2 - like a thief

     5:16-18 - rejoice, pray, give thanks

2 Thess. 1:8 - dealing out retribution

     2:1-2 - day of the Lord

     2:11 - deluding influence

     2:15 - hold traditions

     3:6 - aloof from unruly brother

     3:10 - will not work, neither let him eat

     3:13 - not grow weary in doing good

Try to learn one verse each week for a month.


I. Author - apostle Paul (see Galatians)

   A. visited on second journey

      1. Acts 17:1-9

II. Book

   A. from Corinth about A.D. 51

      1. Acts 18:1,5,11

      2. 1 Thess. 3:1,6

   B. motivated by Paul's concern over effects of rapid departure (first letter)

      1. 1 Thess. 3:1-5

   C. motivated by false teaching (second letter)

      1. 2 Thess. 2:2

III. Message

   A. Paul's teaching - I Thess. 2:3-12

      1. not from error or impurity or deceit (3)

      2. approved by God (4)

      3. not to please men (4-6)

      4. in love (7-12)

   B. they

      1. must stand firm - I Thess. 3:8

      2. walk and please God - I Thess. 4:1

      3. lead quiet lives - 1 Thess. 4:11-12

      4. lead orderly lives - 2 Thess. 3:6-12

   C. the return of Jesus

      1. He will come again - 1 Thess. 4:14-18

      2. it will be like a thief - 1 Thess. 5:1-3

      3. has not happened yet - 2 Thess. 2:1-2

   D. don't fear

      1. affliction - 2 Thess. 1:3-10

      2. false teaching - 2 Thess. 2:1-2