Tuesday, February 17, 2009

You can keep at it, 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18

Two ideas to share about teaching the lesson, “You can keep at it” based on 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18. In the first verse, Paul asked for prayer that the message would spread rapidly. So how fast was the spread of Christianity? To help grab people’s attention, I think I’ll show one or two maps (still looking for the right ones) and talk briefly about the early spread of Christianity (still looking for the right reference). It was honored.

The other idea came from the next to last verse where Paul demonstrates his own hand writing for the Thessalonians. He did this to combat forged letters (2 Thes 2:2). He wanted them to be able to distinguish a letter from him verses a counterfeit from someone else (Judiazers?). Counterfeit products are a huge problem for businesses today. Similarly, counterfeit Christians are a huge problem in the church today.

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