Admonishing The Idle, Encouraging The Fainthearted
The church has a magnificent design to it. And one of the wonderful aspects of the church is that it is built for burden bearing. In the church, we are called and equipped to bear each others burdens. And at the conclusion of Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians, he offers words of encouragement to those who are weary from doing good and rebukes those who would take advantage of the generosity and sacrificial kindness of others.
- How is it that Paul, Silas and Timothy can command the Thessalonians?
- What was the 'tradition' the Thessalonians church received from Paul, Silas and Timothy?
- Is Paul instructing each of us to work night and day? If not, what is his point?
- What are some examples of the motivations the Bible says should undergird our work?
- Do you feel weary of doing good now? How can you be revived and strengthened so as to not give up?
- Paul is prescribing a form of church discipline in these verses. What is the aim of church discipline and how should it be carried out?
- In what ways does the truth that Jesus is with you, encourage you?
- What most encouraged you from this series in 2 Thessalonians?