Submitted By rakani
13 *September 22–28
(page 104 of Standard Edition)
Keeping the Church Faithful (2 Thess. 2:13–3:18)
Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Thess. 2:13–3:18, Acts
17:11, Luke 10:25–28, Matt. 7:24–27, 18:15–17.
Memory Text: “So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter” (2 Thessalonians 2:15, ESV).
Key Thought: Even with all the grand and glorious promises for the future, we have to deal with daily challenges and struggles in the church. The Thessalonian church was no exception.
hurches are a lot like plants. If a plant does not grow, it will die. In other words, change is wired into the way plants were designed by God. Similarly, a church that does not change and grow also will die. But not all change is good. Change can lead us away from who we are. It can cause us to lose touch with God’s purpose for us. The Seventh-day Adventist Church must be especially on guard because this present-truth message is being proclaimed by no one but us! That’s a heavy responsibility—one we all, whether laity or ministry, must never forget. Through revelation and Spirit-guided consensus, God has led the church to even more light. The light of the past helps the church to navigate its way through the treacherous waters of change. Paul’s final word to the Thessalonians gives us inspired guidance in this crucial area. *Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, September 29.
S unday September 23
(page 105 of Standard Edition)
Faithful by God’s Choice (2 Thess. 2:13–17)
The language of this section recalls the prayer at the beginning of 1 Thessalonians. It is almost as if Paul is returning to the place where he began, creating a natural conclusion to this pair of letters. Paul here expresses his concern that the believers in Thessalonica not deviate from the path on...