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2Thessalonians, Chapter One, Lesson One

ENLARGED FAITH   2Thessalonians 1:1-4             Download this Bible Study

STIMULATE

** It is good to be together again for the express purpose of studying the Word of God. Last week we enjoyed our final study in 1Thessalonians and I hope that you have drawn closer to the Lord through an increased understanding of that epistle.

Our lives are transformed by the renewing of our minds through the study of God's word (Romans 12:2) and our relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ becomes more valuable to us as we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord (2Peter 3:18).

MOTIVATE

** Today we are beginning our study of Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians, which will bless our time together over the next eight weeks. In the opening four verses, the apostle begins to encourage these Thessalonians (and us as well) by showing them the impact of their "Enlarged Faith". We would do well to learn from their example, that our faith may grow to the glory of God. Let's read our passage together, as we prepare our hearts for the Word of God.

Read passage (V.1-4)

Opening Prayer

Enlarged Faith

INVESTIGATE

** What do you recall about the time and circumstances of Paul's first letter to these same Thessalonians?

1. Written by Paul around 50 A.D.
2. Written from the city of Corinth
3. While Paul was on his second missionary journey
4. Even though this was a new church, Paul was commending them on their witness, love for each other and stressing the need to follow his instruction on some specific issues in their life.

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