“If any one does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person,
and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.”
2 Thessalonians 3:14
- What does it mean to “take note of” a disciple’s lifestyle and conformity to truth?
- What does it mean to …
a. “Have nothing to do with him”
b. Not “regard him as an enemy” (vs. 15a), and
c. “Warn him as a brother.” (v. 15b)
- When is doing something “to make a disciple ashamed” appropriate? Does making a disciple feel ashamed have to be something that is publicly known or can it be a private issue?
Suggestions for Study:
- Make a lists of the commands in the letter that Paul considers worthy of shame if not obeyed.
- Think of ways to train the men you disciple to take these verses to heart.
- Do a word study on the word “ashamed” as used in the New Testament and New Testament era literature.