Ever need a good pep talk? Clearly, Peyton Manning is probably not the place to start looking for one, but all of us need a good encouraging word now and anon.
This Sunday we’ll be looking at 2 Thes 2:13-16 (and in the Message), and I believe that’s what Paul is doing with his closing thoughts to the church in Thessalonica…giving them a pep talk. Mind you, it’s a pep talk that’s pretty deep and rife with theological implications that have been studied and debated for 2,000 years…but a pep talk none the less. In a way, Paul is saying “look, I know that times are hard for you, and people keep predicting the end of the world for you…but hang in there.” Then he gives them some reasons and ways to hang on.
In v13-14, Paul sets up the foundational encouragement for them. What do you get as encouragement from these two verses? Based on these verses, what can you remind yourself of when times are tough and you need something to hang on to?
V15 gives us a straightforward encouragement to do something in our “hanging on”. What is it? What do you think Paul is talking about, and how would we apply it to our day and age?
V16-17 tells us that God is the source of something to us? What is it? What should it result in concerning our state of mind and heart?
Ok…stuff to chew on. We’ll talk about it more on Sunday.