Remain Unshaken 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5
DISCUSSION GUIDE Ken Uptegrove
DISCUSSION GUIDE DISCUSSION GUIDE 1. Paul challenged the Thessalonian believers to remain unshaken in their beliefs about the coming of the Lord. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3) What was Paul’s teaching about the Lord’s return and how did it compare to other views? • Pretribulation – (Paul’s teaching) The rapture of the church occurs before the 7-year tribulation • Mid-Tribulation – (The false teachers view) The rapture will occur after 3½ years of tribulation • Post-Tribulation – The church will be on earth during the entire tribulation
DISCUSSION GUIDE DISCUSSION GUIDE 2. Who do you think does more harm to the cause of Christ; a doomsday cult leader or a well- known pastor who makes subtle changes in theology?
DISCUSSION GUIDE DISCUSSION GUIDE 3. Have you ever been led astray by false teachers?
DISCUSSION GUIDE DISCUSSION GUIDE 4. How does a Christ-follower avoid falling to false teaching? • Their doctrine – False teachers speak from their own delusion not the divine word • Their effect on others – Results are followers rejection of God’s word, a rejection of biblical authority, a division among the saints • Their own moral character – They have pride, immorality and prey upon the weak
DISCUSSION GUIDE DISCUSSION GUIDE 5. When considering the end times what is the most important thing to remember? The sequence and timing of the Lord’s return is impossible to know as Jesus Himself said only the Father in heaven knows when He will return. So the most important thing is that He will return and believers must stay alert and faithful.
DISCUSSION GUIDE DISCUSSION GUIDE 6. Paul reminds the believers to go back to what he taught them (2 Thessalonians 2:5). How can you confirm if a teaching is false or true? • Search the Word to prove or disprove • Consult a more seasoned believer • Consult sound resources and commentaries
DISCUSSION GUIDE DISCUSSION GUIDE 7. How do you help a believer who has been led astray by false teaching?