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OUTLINE OF SECOND THESSALONIANS

By Matthew Ross

SALUTATION (1:1-2)
A. The Writers (1a) B. The Readers (1b)
C. The Blessing (2)

I.

PAUL OFFERS ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE CHURCH (1:3-12)

A. Concerning Pauls Communication of Thanksgiving for the Thessalonian Saints (1:3-4)


1. The Obligation of the Thanksgiving (3)

2. The Origin of the Thanksgiving (4) B. Concerning Pauls Comforting the Persecuted Thessalonian Saints (1:510)
1. The Consequence of Their Suffering (5) 2. The Certainty of Their Righteous Retribution (6-7)

3. The Content of Their Righteous Retribution (8-9) 4. The Connection With Their Savior (10)
C. Concerning Pauls Communication of Worship for the Thessalonian

Saints (1:11-12) 1. The Nature of the Worship (11) 2. The Purpose of the Worship (12)
II.

PAUL OFFERS EXPLANATION TO THE CHURCH (2:1-17)


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A. How Not to Fear that the Day of the Lord Has Already Come (2:1-3)

1. The Basis of the Explanation (1) 2. The Purpose of the Explanation (2) 3. The Certainty of the Explanation (3)
B. How the Man of Lawlessness Appears (2:4,9-10)

1. Having an Opposing Stance With Respect to the Godhead (4a) 2. Having a Deceptive Outward Appearance (4b) 3. Having Been Energized by Satan (9a) 4. Having Been Energized to Perform Deceptive Miracles (9b) 5. Having Been Energized to Promote Unrighteousness (10)
C. How The Apostle Previously Taught the Thessalonians About the Day of

the Lord (5)


D. How the Restrainer Appears (2:6-7)

1. Restraining (6a) 2. Revealing (6b) 3. Removing (7)


E. How the Son of God Appears (2:8, 11-12)

1. The Executor of Destruction (8a) 2. The Mode of Destruction the Executor Executes (8b) 3. The Righteous Judge (11) 4. The Result of Judgment (12)
F. How the Godhead Should Appear Out From the Believer (2:13-17)

1. The Reason for their Thankful Appearance (13-14)


a. Because They are Beloved by the Lord (13a) b. Because They are Chosen by the Lord (13b) 2|Page

c. Because They Have Been Called to Obtain Glory (14) 2. The Reason for their Firm Appearance (15) a. From Standing Firm (15a) b. From to the Apostles Tradition (15b) 3. The Reason for their Comforted Appearance (16-17) a. Being Beloved (16a)
b. Being Given Eternal Encouragement and Hope (16b)

c. Being Established (17)


III.

PAUL OFFERS EXHORTATION TO THE CHURCH (3:1-15)


A. The Request for Communication with God (3:1-2) 1. The Request for the Word Rapidly Spreading (1) 2. The Request for the Safety of the Apostles (2)
B. The Confidence to Follow the Lords Directing (3:3-5)

1. The Character of the Lord as Faithful (3) 2. The Confidence in the Thessalonians to Follow the Lords Leading (4) 3. The Course of the Lords Directing (5)
C. The Requisite to Discipline Disorderly Brothers (3:6-15)

1. The Penalty for the Unruly (6)


2. The Pattern for the Unruly: Paul (7-9)

3. The Prescription for Unruly Behavior (10)


4. The Picture of and Cure for Believers Not Working (11-12)

5. The Practice of Productive Saints (13-15) a. Concerning Continued Well-Doing (13) b. Concerning Practice Towards Those Not Obeying (14)
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c. Concerning Proper Discipline (15)

BENEDICTION (3:16-18)
A. Pauls Prayer for Continual Peace (16) B. Pauls Personalized Greeting (17) C. Pauls Prayer for Grace (18)

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