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The Acts of Jesus | week 5:  On His Way

The Bible is quite clear, Jesus will come again! That, however, is where the clarity ends. Various passages discuss his sudden, visible and bodily return, at an unknown time, and only after certain future events have occurred. These somewhat ambiguous details have caused large scale debate and division that have ultimately caused many to lose focus on what is most important. Jesus wants us to know that he is coming again, that sin will be destroyed, and that we will live with him forever in the new heaven and new earth. Yes, Jesus is coming again. The question is not, how and when, it’s are you ready?

 

READ Revelation 22:20

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

READ this passage again and consider these related questions.

If Jesus is coming soon, is planning for the future necessary? Does it show a lack of faith?

 

Are there any good reasons for hoping that His return is further delayed?

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Read Mark 13:32-22; Matthew 24:44

 

1. Is it appropriate to make predictions about the date Jesus will return? Why?

 

2. Why do you think that the details of the return of Christ are being withheld from us?

 

Read Mark 13:32-37; Titus 2:12-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3; Luke 12:35-40

 

3. In what ways do you believe that there is a sense of urgency as we await the return of Jesus? 

 

4. As you think about your spiritual heath, is this a call to look inward or act outward?

 

Read Mark 13:2-27; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-10

 

5. Do think your perspective on persecution would be different if you were part of the church in countries like Iran, China, or Uzbekistan?

 

6. Do these verses affect the way in which you apply the ones in the previous section to your life?

 

7. Why is it important to remember that “no one knows the hour” and that “his ways are not our ways” when discerning the ambiguity?

 

8. Discuss: the primary purpose of both the warnings and the signs is to intensify our expectation of the return of Jesus.