Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we continued our series on hope with a discussion of 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18.

“…then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, comfort one another with these words.”

1) Why does this passage offer hope?

Billy Graham was once asked whether he was an optimist or pessimist. He answered that he was an optimist. He went on to explain that his optimism sprang from the fact that he read the last page of the bible and knows who wins. Like Graham we should take comfort from the knowledge that Christ is coming back.  We will see our loved ones again and will be in paradise with the Lord forever.

2) How should this truth effect the way we live/

I’m reminded of George Baily in the movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ The  final scene finds George rushing home to his wife and children. His circumstances hadn’t changed — the $6,000 was still missing and there was a warrant for his arrest. However, none of that mattered in light of the realization that he had a wonderful life.

How much more should the knowledge that God’s own son died for you and is coming back for you effect how you face life’s challenges.

Next week John 20: 24-29. Consider the following questions:

1) Is Thomas wrong for demanding proof that Jesus is alive?

2) What do you think of Jesus response to Thomas?

3) why does this passage offer hope?

See you Tuesday.

John

 

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