Lesson 104

"Patient Waiting for Christ"

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Paul requests prayer
1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2 and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. 5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
Paul admonishes the church against laziness
6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. 7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; 8 neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: 9 not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. 10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. 13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15  Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
Paul’s final greetings
16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
17  The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.
18  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Lesson No. 104  (2 Thes: 3)           "Patient Waiting for Christ"

Book of 2nd Thessalonians, Chapter 3                                           07/01/2012

1)     Paul asks the Thessalonians for prayer, what three things does he ask for? (Hint- verses 1and 2)

2)     Paul in return has 'confidence' in five things, what are they?  (Hint- verses 3 through 5)

3)     Then Paul 'commands' the brothers to do something.  What is it?  Do our pastors today 'command' us to do things?  (Hint- verse 6)

4)     Paul and his disciples while with the church tried to be good examples as to how to 'behave'.  He said to not associate with those that behaved badly.  What is the good behavior Paul is talking about?  (Hint- verses 8 through 10)

5)     Is this true today, and has it caused our state and nation problems?  ('if any would not work, neither should he eat- verse 10)

6)     What does he call folks with idle time on their hands because they don't work?  (Hint- verse 11)

7)     How should we work?  (Hint- verse 12)  But what about those that can't work or want to find work but can't?  Who 'commands' us to work really?

8)     Verse 13 is interesting, what does it mean?

9)     He gives strict orders regarding those that do not obey this epistle (verses 14, 15).  How does that go along with what Jesus taught?

10) Verse 16 is a gem- how do we get peace?  Is it of this world?  (Hint- verse 16)