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2 Thessalonians 3 Discussion Questions and Cross-References

  1. General Encouragement (Verses 1-5)

  2. Command to live a quiet and disciplined life (6-15)

  3. Closing Greeting (16-18)

I. Verses 1-5

Discussion Questions

What final reminders did Paul give to the Thessalonians?

How did Paul want God’s Word to spread? (rapidly) What can we do to make sure that God’s Word spreads rapidly?

What kind of people was Paul referring to in verse 2? Why did he need to be “rescued” from them?

What final encouragement did Paul offer in verses 3-5?


Philippians 1:6 – I am confident that He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.

II. Verses 6-15

Discussion Questions

What did Paul’s use of the word “command” show us about his authority? Why did he not command them more often?

List all of Paul’s commands to the Thessalonians in this passage.

What is the central theme of all of these commands?

What is an unruly life?

What tradition is Paul referring to?

Why should they keep away from this kind of brother? Shouldn’t we try to help this type of person?

Describe the kind of undisciplined life Paul may have been referring to.

What would the disciplined life we should strive for look like?

Why didn’t Paul rely on the Thessalonians for his daily needs? Could he have? Should he have?

How can a Christian worker decide whether or not to request or accept this type of help?

What is the significance of verse 10? How can we apply this verse today?

How would you describe a busy-body?

What does it mean to work in “quiet fashion?”

Do you ever grow weary of doing good? If so, why?

What kind of people should they disassociate with? Why?


1 Corinthians 9:27 – I discipline my body and keep it under control.

Proverbs 20:13 – Love not sleep lest you come to poverty.

Ephesians 4:28 – Work so that you may share with anyone in need.

Proverbs 18:9 – Whoever is slack in his work is brother to him who destroys.

Proverbs 13:4 – The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing.

Genesis 2:15 – And put him in the garden to work it and keep it.

Matthew 11:28 – Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.

John 6:27 – Work for the food that endures.

1 Timothy 5:13 – Some widows learned to be idlers.

1 Thessalonians 4:11 – Aspire to live quietly…

III. Verses 16-18

Discussion Questions

What distinguishing mark might Paul be referring to?

What is the importance of writing the letter with his own hand? Wouldn’t he normally do that?

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