Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians is as relevant for us today as it was for first-century Thessalonian believers to whom he wrote. Its three main themes—the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, intercessory prayer, and local church discipline—were addressed to a young church experiencing trouble, discrimination, and harassment because of their commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. Here Ian McNaughton unpacks these themes, demonstrating the timeless importance of each one in encouraging strong and assured hope in the midst of suffering.
Ian McNaughton was converted at nineteen years of age, studied theology at the Free Church of Scotland College, Edinburgh, and gained his Master of Theology degree in Historical Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary. He has served as a Pastor of FIEC churches for almost thirty years and formerly represented Day One Christian Ministries as their Scottish Secretary.