Connecting Paul's letters to the Thessalonians toChristianstoday, this study encourages readers with reassurance and hope as they pursue lives of holiness and love in anticipation ofChrist's return.
About the Author
MattSmethurstis the managing editor of the Gospel Coalition and an elder at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.
J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.
Dane C. Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) is the executive vice president of Bible publishing and Bible publisher at Crossway. He serves as an editor for the Knowing the Bible series and the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, and is the author of several books, including Edwards on the Christian Life. He lives with his wife, Stacey, and their five children in Wheaton, Illinois.
Lane T. Dennisis president and publisher of Crossway Books and Good News Tracts. Dr. Dennis earned his BS in business from Northern Illinois University, an MDiv from McCormick Theological Seminary, and a PhD in religion from Northwestern University. Before joining Good News Publishers in 1974, he served as a pastor in campus ministry at the University of Michigan (Sault Ste. Marie) and as the Managing Director of Verlag Grosse Freude in Switzerland. He is the author and/or editor of three books, including the Gold Medallion-award-winning book Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer, and he is the former Chairman of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Dr. Dennis serves as the Chairman of the ESV (English Standard Version) Bible Translation Oversight Committee and as the Executive Editor of the ESV Study Bible. Lane and his wife, Ebeth, live in Wheaton, Illinois.
Table of Contents
Series Preface J. I. Packer Lane T. Dennis 6
Week 1 Overview of 1 Thessalonians 7
Week 2 Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians (1 Thess. 1:1-10) 13
Week 3 Ministry to the Thessalonians (1 Thess. 2:1-16) 21
Week 4 Absence from the Thessalonians (1 Thess. 2:17-3:13) 29
Week 5 Holy Love Wins (1 Thess. 4:1-12) 37
Week 6 The Return of the King (1 Thess. 4:13-5:11) 45
Week 7 A Parting Plea (1 Thess. 5:12-28) 53
Week 8 Overview of 2 Thessalonians 61
Week 9 The Afflicters and the Afflicted (2 Thess. 1:1-12) 67
Week 10 The Man of Lawlessness (2 Thess. 2:1-17) 75
Week 11 The Idle Problem (2 Thess. 3:1-18) 83
Week 12 Summary and Conclusion 91