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Letter to the Thessalonians | Week 6 – Hopeful Waiting    

We refer to the second coming of Jesus as the Parousia. Even though Jesus is very clear that no one knows all the details, much time, discussion, and ink have been used to try and describe this event. The New Testament writers describe the need for us to be ready at times. These passages are meant to give us a sense of urgency and to constantly remind us of the seriousness of the return of Jesus. All of what we read should be an encouragement and not a scare tactic. It is important to stay focused—Jesus is coming again, we have a lot of work to do, so be ready.

READ Acts 1:11

 

“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” 

READ this passage again and consider these related questions.

 

Why is it important for us to always remember that Jesus will return?

 

What is the link between His death, resurrection, and second coming? 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

 

Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 24:36-44; Romans 8:24-25;

1 Corinthians 15:54-58; John 14:1-4

 

1. Describe why we cannot have hope without Jesus.

 

2. How does hope lead to patience and perseverance?

 

3. Discuss how imminence is different from immediacy as it relates to the parousia.

 

4. What do you think is the purpose of these passages that describe the Second Coming?

 

5. As followers of Jesus, how do these passages inform our attitude toward death?

 

6. At the end of v.17, Paul describes a sense of permanence; how do you understand it?

 

7. How does your answer to Q6 relate to the exhortation in v.18?

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