II Thessalonians Chapter 3

  • II Thessalonians 3:1-5 Part 1 ~ The Importance of Hearing the Word

    "Now once we are saved, once we belong to Christ, Satan cannot have our soul. The only thing he has left to do is stop us from growing."
  • II Thessalonians 3:1-5 Part 3 ~ The Endurance of Christ

    In this text before us today in  II Thessalonians chapter 3 verse 5, it is the word patience or endurance. Translated from the Greek word hupomenō, which means to remain under. It is related strictly to circumstances. To remain under one's circumstances is to endure. The endurance of Christ means that he is praying that the Lord will direct our hearts to remain under our circumstances in the endurance that Christ produces.  It is the endurance that belongs to and is produced by Christ in the believer's life.
  • II Thessalonians 3:6 ~ Withdraw from Disorderly Brothers

    We consider all the human and humanitarian reasons why we should not withdraw from those who are disorderly. Mainly because we will hurt their feelings. But in reality that is part of the repentance process.

    Later Paul is going to tell us to separate yourself from the disorderly so that they will be ashamed and it will bring them to repentance. But it is interesting that withdrawing or avoiding is part of the ministry that the believer has, not only to those who are not saved, but to the ones who are saved.
  • II Thessalonians 3:7-9 ~ Paul is our Example

    Paul is saying, "As you see the expression of Christ in my life, let that be the expression in your life." He is putting himself up as an example. Do you see Christ working in my life, that is how He should be working in your life. Why? Because we have the same Christ. How do I know if it is the leading of the Lord or not? Well, what did Paul say? How did Paul handle it? How did that happen in Paul's life? In other words Paul is saying, "I am imitating Jesus Christ." Now that is a pretty bold statement to make to say, "I am an imitator of Jesus Christ.  He is saying, "Now all of you other Christians, you follow the Lord like I am following the Lord." That is a pretty bold statement to make.