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1 Thessalonians Overview
In the church of Thessalonica there were some misunderstandings about the return of Christ. Paul desired to clear them up in his letter. He also writes it as an instruction of holy living..
This book can be applied to many life situations. It gives us the confidence as Christians that dead or alive when Christ comes back we will all be together (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). It assures us as Christians we won't receive God's wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:8-9). It instructs us how to walk the Christian life daily (1 Thessalonians 4-5).

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  1 Thessalonians 4:14:17

Is Jesus coming again?  When?  How does His coming affect my life today and every day?
1 Thessalonians Outline
A. Looking Back-How They Were Called
Chapter Reference
Through example
  Through preaching
Through after-care
B. Looking Back-How Should They Live-Chapter 4
C. Looking Forward-Watching and Waiting-Chapter 5
2 Thessalonians Overview
The church in Thessalonica still had some misconceptions of the Day of the Lord. They thought it had come already so they stopped with their work. They were being persecuted badly. Paul wrote to clear up misconceptions and to comfort them.
Second Thessalonians is filled with information that explains the end times. It also gives us instruction to not be idle and work for what we have. There are also some great prayers that can be an example for us on how to pray for other believers today.

But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. Thessalonians 3:3

As a disciple, what do we know to be true when opposition to doing the Lord's work occurs?
2 Thessalonians Outline
A. Consolation From the Fact of Jesus' Coming-Chapter 1
B. Instruction on the time of Jesus' Coming-Chapter 2
C. Injunctions in View of Jesus' Coming-Chapter 3
1 Timothy Overview
Paul wrote to Timothy to encourage him in his responsibility for overseeing the work of the Ephesian church and possibly the other churches in the province of Asia. This letter lays the foundation for ordaining elders, and provides guidance for ordaining people into offices of the church. In essence, First Timothy is a leadership manual for church organization and administration
Jesus is presented as the mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5), and is the Savior to all who believe in Him. He is Lord of the Church, and Timothy serves Him by pasturing His Church.  Paul instructs Timothy on matters of Church doctrine, Church leadership, and Church administration. Paul's first letter to Timothy amounts to an instruction book on leading, administrating and pasturing the local church. The instructions laid out in this letter apply to any leader of prospective leader of Christ's church are laid out in a clear, concise manner and are equally relevant today, tomorrow or any day.
Every follower must contend for the faith. Every follower must stand firm and persevere. Finally, every follower of Christ must remain true to our Savior and that which we have been called to do: "Go out and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19).
1 Timothy Outline
A. Introduction-Chapter 1
B. Conduct in the Church-Chapter 2 thru 3
C. Church Problems-Chapter 4 thru 5
D. Personal Admonition-Chapter 6
2 Timothy Overview
The Book of 2 Timothy is essentially Paul's "last words." Paul looked past his own circumstances to express concern for the churches and specifically for Timothy. Paul wanted to use his last words to encourage Timothy, and all other believers, to persevere in faith (2 Timothy 3:14) and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 4:2).
It is easy to get sidetracked in the Christian life.  We have to keep our eyes on the prize. being rewarded in Heaven by Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 4:8).  We must strive to avoid both false doctrine and ungodly practices by being grounded in our knowledge of God's Word and firm in our refusal to accept anything that is unbiblical.
2 Timothy Outline
A. Hold to the Charge-Chapter 1
B. Encourage Others to Take up the Charge-Chapter 2
C. Guard the Charge Always-Chapter 3
D. Preach the Charge Always-Chapter 4:1 thru 4:8
E. Summation-Chapter 4:9 thru 4:22
Titus Overview
This epistle was written by the Apostle Paul to encourage his brother of faith, Titus, whom he had left in Crete to lead the church, which Paul had established on one of his missionary journeys (Titus 1:5). This letter advises Titus in what qualifications to look for in seeking leaders for the church as he warns Titus of the reputations of those living on the island of Crete.
In addition to instructing Titus in what to look for in a leader of the church Paul also encouraged Titus to return to Nicopolis for a visit. Paul suggested Titus bring with him two others from the church "that nothing be lacking unto them." 
As we look to the Bible for instruction on how to live a life that will be pleasing to our Lord. We can learn of that which we should avoid as well as that which we are to strive to imitate. Paul suggests we seek to be pure as we avoid the things of life, which will defile our minds and conscience.

In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.  Titus 2:7-8

As a disciple of Jesus, how are we to act?  Why?
Titus Outline
A. An Orderly Church-Chapter 1
B. A Sound Church-Chapter 2
C. A Practical Church-Chapter 3
Philemon Overview
Paul writes to Philemon whose slave, Onesimus, had run away to Rome, where he met Paul and became a Christian. The slave Onesimus robbed his master, Philemon, and ran away, made his way to Rome and to Paul. Onesimus was still the property of Philemon and Paul wrote to smooth the way for his return to his master. Onesimus had become a Christian and Paul wanted Philemon to accept Onesimus as a brother in Christ and not merely as a slave.
Philemon Outline
A. Salutation-Verses 1 thru 3
B. Paul's Praise of Philemon-Verses 4 thru 7
C. Paul's Plea fro Onesimus-Verses 8 thru 17
D. Paul's Pledge of Repayment-Verses 18 thru 22
E. Final Greetings-Verses 23 thrru 25
Hebrews Overview
This letter persuasively presents the distinctiveness of Jesus Christ as the Son of God. The letter is primarily written to Jewish Christians who were wavering between Judaism and Christianity. Its primary message was to prove that Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of all Old Testament prophecy and symbol. With Christ as the fulfillment, there was no longer a need to offer the animal sacrifices, etc., required under the Mosaic Law. Christ is the High Priest and mediator of all believers in all ages who look for the salvation of God.
Rich in foundational Christian doctrine, the Epistle to the Hebrews also gives us encouraging examples of God's "faith heroes" who persevered in spite of great difficulties and adverse circumstances (Hebrews 11).  These members of God's Hall of Faith provide overwhelming evidence as to the unconditional surety and absolute reliability of God. Likewise, we can maintain perfect confidence in God's rich promises, regardless of our circumstances, by meditating upon the rock-solid faithfulness of God's workings in the lives of His Old Testament saints.
The writer of Hebrews gives ample encouragement to believers, but there are five solemn warnings we must heed: There is the danger of neglect (Hebrews 2:1-4), the danger of unbelief (Hebrews 3:7-4,13), the danger of spiritual immaturity (Hebrews 5:11-6,20), the danger of failing to endure (Hebrews 10:26-39), and the inherent danger of refusing God (Hebrews 12:25-29).  We find in this crowning masterpiece a great wealth of doctrine, a refreshing spring of encouragement, and a source of sound, practical warnings against slothfulness in our Christian walk. But there is still more, for in Hebrews we find a magnificently rendered portrait of our Lord Jesus Christ--the Author and Finisher of our great salvation (Hebrews 12:2).

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  Hebrews 10:19-25

Can we talk directly to GOD?
How is this communication made possible?
What is the result of spending time with GOD?
Hebrews Outline
A. Jesus the Son
Chapter Reference
1:1 thru 1:3 
A better voice than the prophets
1:4 thru 2
A better name than the angels
3:1 thru 3:6
A better apostle than Moses
3:7 thru 4:13
A better leader than Joshua
4:14 thru 6
A better priest than Aaron
7 thru 8:6 
A better priestly order than the Levites or Melchisedec
B. Jesus the Sacrifice
Chapter Reference
8:7 thru 8:13   
Jesus the mediator of a better covenant
9:1 thru 9:15
The Mosaic Tabernacle, the lessons it taught and how Jesus    provided a better sacrifice
9:16 thru 10:39
The limitations of animal sacrifices vs. the effectiveness and  completeness of Jesus' offering
C. Jesus and Faith
Chapter Reference
Faith - The moving power of the ages
12:1 thru 12:13 
Faith leads to Jesus
12:14 thru 13 
Faith expresses itself in practical morality
D. Summation-Chapter 13:22 thru 13:25
James Overview
The letter of James contains practical information pertaining to everyday life as a Christian. It is not directed at any church in particular, but rather to Jewish believers, revealing their responsibilities to the principles of the Law as manifested in Christ. It focuses on real faith, and shows that there is a need to develop faith as an energizing power that would find its outworking in a changed life; therefore, the epistle dwells on practice and not doctrine.  James emphasizes that good actions will naturally flow from those who are filled with the spirit and questions whether someone may or may not have a saving faith if the fruits of the spirit cannot be seen, much as Paul describes in Galatians 5:22-23.
We see in the Book of James a challenge to "walk the walk" and "talk the talk" of a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. While our faith walk, to be certain, requires a growth of knowledge about the word, James exhorts us to not stop there. Many believers will find this reading challenging as James presents us with 60 obligations in only 108 verses. He focuses on the truths of Jesus' words in the Sermon on the Mount and motivates us to act upon what He taught.
Faith does not believe in spite of the evidence; faith is obeying in spite of the consequences.  Faith is the energy that empowers our works.  Faith-to-go.

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.  James 2:26

What is the most important faith or works?  Why?  Which one must precede the other?  Why?
James Outline
A. Faith Can Overcome Trials-Chapter 1
B.Faith Can govern Action Towards Others-Chapter 2
C. Faith Can Discipline the Tongue-Chapter 3
D. Faith Can Purify character-Chapter 4
E. Faith Can Creatrer Confidence in God-Chapter 5
1 John Overview
This letter was written to a community who faced heresy. John teaches how to walk in the light and also to keep in remembrance the sacrifice, which the Lord Jesus Christ made for them.
The book of 1 John is a book of love and joy. It explains the fellowship we have with others and with Jesus. It differentiates between happiness and joy. True joy is something we all seek. We all want it. 1 John tells us exactly how to get it. We take the words written by John and we apply them to our daily lives. Why? We long for true love, commitment, fellowship, and joy. In our daily lives we have so many things pulling us in different directions. We sometimes feel lost and overwhelmed.
However, this is not what Jesus wants for any of us. The apostle John is a disciple who knew Jesus well. He is telling us that we can all have that close intimate relationship with Jesus. We have the witness of men who had direct and personal contact with Him. The gospel writers present their solidly based testimony on a historical reality. Now, how does that apply to our lives? It explains to us that Jesus came here as the Son of God to create a union with us based on His grace, mercy, love, and acceptance. That applies to our lives on a daily basis! So many times people think Jesus is off in some far away place and that He doesn't really concern Himself with our daily struggles, issues, and concerns.
This is most definitely wrong! Jesus is right there with us in both the simple, mundane parts of our lives and in the complex, soul wrenching parts of our lives. John teaches us that Jesus is the believer's life. It is only as a person has Jesus in his life that he is able to have true fellowship with Him. John testifies as a witness of his personal experiences that God became flesh and lived among men. That means Jesus came here to live with us. He still lives with us! He walks through each and every day of our lives. He is still with us! We need to apply this truth to our lives and live as if Jesus was standing right next to us every second of the day. Put this truth into practice and day-by-day you will be adding holiness to your life and becoming more and more like Jesus Christ.

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.  1 John 5:13

How can we know we are saved, and have eternal life?
Does GOD really care about everything in my life?  Why?
1 John Outline
A. Introduction-Chapter 1:1 thru 1:4
B. God is Light-Chapter 1:5 thru 2:2
C. God is Love-Chapter 2:3 thru 4
D. God is Life-Chapter 5
2 John Overview
This letter is an urgent plea that the readers of John's letter should show their love for God and His son Jesus by obeying the commandment to love each other and live their lives in obedience to the Scriptures. 2 John is also a strong warning to be on the lookout for deceivers who were going about saying that Christ had not actually risen in the flesh.
It is extremely important that believers should check everything concerning the faith that they see, read and hear with the Scriptures.  This cannot be too strongly emphasized, as one of the Devil's greatest weapons is deceit.  It is very easy to be taken in by a new and exciting doctrine that appears to be based on Scripture, but if examined closely, is in fact a departure from the Word of God.  We should be constantly on the alert for this as the Holy Spirit is constantly on the move.  If what appears to be happening does not line up explicitly with Scripture, then this is false and not of the Spirit, and we should have nothing to do with it.
2 John Outline
A. Introduction-Verses 1 thru 4
B. Love Defined-Verses 5 thru 6
C. Exhortation-Verses 7 thru 9
D. False charity to be Avoided-Verses 10 thru 11
E. Summation-Verses 12 thru 13
3 John Overview
The letter commends Gaius for allowing Christian teachers the use of his home and financial means. He is urged to receive only good men, which were known by their works and to shun evil men.
John emphasizes the importance of walking in the truth of the Gospel. Hospitality, support and encouragement for our fellow believers is one of the main precepts of the teachings of Jesus, and Gaius was obviously an outstanding example of this ministry. We should do the same whenever we can.
3 John Outline
A. Gaius: the Sincere, Dedicated and Loyal-Verses 1 thru 8
B. Diotrephes: Domineering, Self- Assertive, and Arrogant-Verses 9 thru 11
C. Demetrius: Of Good Repute-Verse 12
D. Summation-Verses 13 thru 14

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