1 Thess. 2:17-3:5, Satan's Role and God's Control
Topic: Biblical Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:17–3:5
Here are some questions to consider as you study 1 Thess. 2:17–3:5:
(1) What intense words reveal Paul's feelings for the church in Thessalonica?
(2) How might Paul have kept himself from discouragement when he found his return to Thessalonica hindered?
(3) What do we learn in these verses (especially 2:18 and 3:5) about the work and goal of Satan? How does Satan fit in with the the overall plan of God?
(4) Paul says that Christians "are destined for" (3:3) affliction and persecution. How is this a frightful truth--humanly speaking? How is it also a comforting truth? What does the fact that we "are destined for" something tell us about the sovereignty of God?
(5) What does Paul mean when he says that the Thessalonians would be his hope, joy, and crown when Jesus returns (2:19)? In the sense that Paul uses the words, who is/are your own "hope, joy, and crown"?
(6) Who are you investing in spiritually? Who can you help grow and mature in Christ?
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