“Last Days Living”
2nd Thessalonians 3:1-18
QUESTION: What examples can you describe of people who are hard workers? Why would you call them that?
1. In these last days we are meant to be people of prayer. 2 Thess 3:1-2
A. Praying for our spiritual leaders. 2 Thess 3:1
B. Praying for the rapid advance and acceptance of the Gospel. 2 Thess 3:1
C. Praying for those who advance the Gospel to be rescued from the schemes and opposition of those who are controlled by evil. 2 Thess 3:2
- Evil exists. Evil people exist.
QUESTION: What causes people to be controlled by evil?
- We overcome evil with good. We overcome evil through prayer.
QUESTION: How does good overcome evil? How does prayer overcome evil?
2. In these last days, we are meant to trust in the Lord’s strength. 2 Thess 3:3-5
QUESTION: Where do you need the Lord’s strength the most right now?
A. The Lord is faithful, at all times. He has overcome the enemy and will be our guard. 2 Thess 3:3
B. With the Lord as our strength, we can step into faithful action and obedience. 2 Thess 3:4
C. It is the Lord who gives us both the revelation of, and the ability to express, the Father’s love with patient endurance. 2 Thess 3:5
3. In these last days, we are meant to be engaged in the work God has for us. 2 Thess 3:6-15
QUESTION: What is the specific work that God has for you in this season?
A. Our faith in Christ is meant to be experienced in community; we are influenced and affected by those with whom we spend time. 2 Thess 3:6
B. As followers of Christ, we are meant to be known by our willingness and determination to work hard. 2 Thess 3:7-10
C. When we are not given to the diligent work of the Kingdom or the on-going work of living, we can all too easily get caught up in unimportant side issues and situations that are really none of our business. 2 Thess 3:11-12
QUESTION: What are some examples of this?
D. In order to be about the Father’s business, we must disassociate from those who want the benefits of the Kingdom but refuse the responsibilities, in hopes that we will shake our brothers and sisters from their apathy.
- We must lead by our “hard work” example. 2 Thess 3:13
- Even when others believers refuse to join us, we must regard them as family and act responsibly, being sure not to enable their idleness. 2 Thess 3:14-15
4. As these last days unfold, the Lord wants to fill us with His peace, His presence and His grace. 2 Thess 3:16-18
A. His peace brings us a sense of wholeness and contentment.
B. His presence brings us a sense of joy and belonging.
C. His grace assures us of the enablement to become and do all that He has intended for us.