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Overview Outline of 2 Thessalonians

The Return of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Glory Calls Us to Persevere in the Midst of Persecution

  1. Introduction (2Th 1:1-2)
    1. The author (2Th 1:1a)
    2. The audience (2Th 1:1b)
    3. The aim/reasons (see The Aim in the Introductory Material)
    4. The apostolic greeting (2Th 1:2)
  2. Comfort and encouragement for those enduring persecution (2Th 1:3-12)
    1. Know that we praise God for you and proudly tell others about your perseverance and faith (2Th 1:3-4)
    2. Know that your perseverance in the midst of persecution has a purpose (2Th 1:5-10)
    3. Know that we’re praying for you (2Th 1:11-12)
  3. Correction and instruction for those exposed to eschatological error (2Th 2:1-17)
    1. Refrain from believing every teaching that seeks to interpret church age persecution as a sign that the Day of the Lord has come (2Th 2:1-2)
    2. Remember these fundamental truths concerning the Day of the Lord (2Th 2:3-12)
    3. Remember these fundamental truths concerning your salvation—and stand firm in the truth of God’s Word [Remember God’s love for you, God’s sovereignty and purpose in salvation, the surety of God’s Word, and the prayers of God’s people] (2Th 2:13-17)
  4. Confrontation and exhortation in regard to the undisciplined, who expected others to support them financially (2Th 3:1-15)
    1. The humble pastoral introduction (2Th 3:1-5)
    2. The honest pastoral confrontation (2Th 3:6-15)
  5. Conclusion (2Th 3:16-18)
    1. The intercession of peace [The peace of the Lord] (2Th 3:16)
    2. The identification of truth [The truth of the Lord] (2Th 3:17)
    3. The invocation of grace [The grace of the Lord] (2Th 3:18)
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