Table of Contents

 

Introduction

Historical background

Purpose

Outline

Message

Exposition

I. SALUTATION 1:1-2

II. COMMENDATION FOR PAST PROGRESS 1:3-12

A. Thanksgiving for growth 1:3-4

B. Encouragement to persevere 1:5-10

C. Prayer for success 1:11-12

III. CORRECTION OF PRESENT ERROR 2:1-12

A. The beginning of the day of the Lord 2:1-5

B. The mystery of lawlessness 2:6-12

IV. THANKSGIVING AND PRAYER 2:13-17

A. Thanksgiving for calling 2:13-15

B. Prayer for strength 2:16-17

V. EXHORTATIONS FOR FUTURE GROWTH 3:1-15

A. Reciprocal prayer 3:1-5

1. Prayer for the missionaries 3:1-2

2. Prayer for the Thessalonians 3:3-5

B. Church discipline 3:6-15

1. General principles respecting disorderly conduct 3:6-10

2. Specific instructions concerning the idle 3:11-13

3. Further discipline for the unrepentant 3:14-15

VI. CONCLUSION 3:16-18

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