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1–2 Thessalonians: A 12-Week Study

By Matt Smethurst, General Editor J. I. Packer, Series edited by Dane C. Ortlund, Lane T. Dennis

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The Knowing the Bible series is a resource designed to help Bible readers better understand and apply God’s Word. These 12-week studies lead participants through books of the Bible and are made up of four basic components: (1) reflection questions that help readers engage the text at a deeper level; (2) “Gospel Glimpses” that highlight the gospel of grace throughout the book; (3) “Whole-Bible Connections” that show how any given passage connects to the Bible’s overarching story of redemption, culminating in Christ; and (4) “Theological Soundings” that identify how historic orthodox doctrines are taught or reinforced throughout Scripture. With contributions from an array of influential pastors and church leaders, these gospel-centered studies will help Christians see and cherish the message of God’s grace on every page of the Bible.

1–2 Thessalonians remind God’s people of the salvation he has secured for those he has called. When King Jesus returns, he will deliver his people and bring justice to the earth.

Connecting Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians to the lives of Christians today, this 12-week study encourages readers with assurance and hope—pointing them to God’s faithfulness as they pursue lives of holiness and love in anticipation of Jesus’ second coming.

Part of the Knowing the Bible series.

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Matt Smethurst

Matt Smethurst is managing editor of the Gospel Coalition. He has served as both a deacon and an elder at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

Product Details

Category: Bible Studies & Devotionals
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 96
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 5.78 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-5385-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-5385-1
ISBN-UPC: 9781433553851
Case Quantity: 10
Published: August 31, 2017

Table of Contents

Series Preface: J. I. Packer and Lane T. Dennis
Week 1: Overview of 1 Thessalonians
Week 2: Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians (1 Thess. 1:1–10)
Week 3: Ministry to the Thessalonians (1 Thess. 2:1–16)
Week 4: Absence from the Thessalonians (1 Thess. 2:17–3:13)
Week 5: Holy Love Wins (1 Thess. 4:1–12)
Week 6: The Return of the King (1 Thess. 4:13–5:11)
Week 7: A Parting Plea (1 Thess. 5:12–28)
Week 8: Overview of 2 Thessalonians
Week 9: The Afflicters and the Afflicted (2 Thess. 1:1–12)
Week 10: The Man of Lawlessness (2 Thess. 2:1–17)
Week 11: The Idle Problem (2 Thess. 3:1–18)
Week 12: Summary and Conclusion