Praying for Preaching
2 Thessalonians 3:1
1. Do you have any examples from your own life of a time when you prayed for preaching and saw God answer in unusually significant ways?
2. Explain the connection between Paul’s request for prayer in 2 Thessalonians 3:1 and his discussion of the work that God did among the Thessalonians in 2 Thessalonians 2:13ff.
3. Look at these verses: 1 Thess. 1:4, 6; 2:2, 4, 9, 13.
a. How do they show a connection between God’s electing mercy on behalf of his people outside of time and God’s electing mercy on behalf of his people inside of time?
b. How important does Romans 10:13-17 make preaching in the work of God’s saving those who call on him?
4. Preaching has a role in glorification as well. And glorification starts now in the process of sanctification.
a. Define both the terms “glorification” and “sanctification.”
b. According to 2 Thess. 2:14, what must believers do with Jesus’s glory?
c. How does 1 Corinthians 3:7-4:6 teach the same truth?
5. 2 Thessalonians 2:15 and 3:4 talk about God’s Word, either orally or manually given by Paul.
a. What does God do to us via his preached word?
b. What “kind” of preaching is Paul specifically referring to?
c. What role do the Thessalonians have to play in God’s preached word being effective as a guide for them?
d. How does Psalm 119:105 help inform your thoughts about God’s preached word?
6. When all is said and done, three different actors have God-ordained responsibilities when God is preached. What are they for…
a. God Himself?
b. The preacher?
c. The congregation?
7. In what ways do you need to pray for preaching more frequently or fervently than you have before? What is your plan to do this?