I & II Thessalonians
Preparing for the Second Coming
No other book of the Bible gives a clearer sequence and detail of the events surrounding the glorious return of Jesus Christ than the two letters Paul writes to a young church at Thessalonica (Greece) who fear that they will be left behind when that great day comes.
This first lesson will review the history of the city of Thessalonica as well as the circumstances surrounding the writing of these two epistles (letters).
In the opening section of his letter Paul, the Apostle, describes the attributes that reveal a genuine conversion to Christ. (I Thessalonians 1:1-10)
In this lesson, Paul defends against attacks by the false teachers in the Thessalonian church by listing the credentials that identify true ministers of God's word in every age. (I Thessalonians 2:1-3:13)
After having laid out the necessary credentials for recognizing true ministers of the gospel, Paul does the same for true churches. (I Thessalonians 4:1-12)
In this lesson, Paul outlines the actual order of events that will take place when Jesus returns. (I Thessalonians 4:13-5:3)
In the final section of his letter to the Thessalonians Paul outlines eight ways to prepare for the sure return of Jesus Christ. (I Thessalonians 5:1-28)
In his second letter to this church, Paul continues to encourage and praise them for their faithfulness and provides even more teaching about the second coming of Christ. (II Thessalonians 1:1-12)
Paul continues teaching this young church about the events that must occur before Jesus' second coming. (II Thessalonians 2:1-12)
This lesson examines the various theories put forth to explain the identity of the "Man of Lawlessness" Paul refers to in this epistle. (II Thessalonians 2:1-10)
This lesson examines the nature of God's will and how it accommodates man's will in relation to his ability to choose or reject salvation. (II Thessalonians 2:11-17)
This lesson reviews Jesus' teaching about His return in Matthew 24-25 in order to complement the instructions that Paul provides the Thessalonians on this same subject.