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Worship Guide for September 20

We are now live streaming our 8:30am service. Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

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Summary: The great apostle has spoken of Jesus' coming again in each chapter.  In chapter 1, we are called to wait for his return. In chapter 2, the final day will reveal the church to be his joy and crown.  In chapter 3, that day will reveal us as blameless and happy.  Yet this day raises questions among us.  What happens to those who die?  What will it be like?  While Paul does not answer every question you have, he writes to inform his readers concerning those who have died and the events that will take place on the final day, at least some of them. He wants to clear up any misunderstanding so that we might be encouraged, even in difficult days for they will give way to a great and glorious day.  

Review and Apply:

How does grief differ between a Christian and a non-Christian? Does your grief look more like the Christian in this passage or like the non-Christian?  

What is the purpose of the passage? How can it offer you hope in times of great loss?

How much time should we give to thinking about the last day? How much thinking should we give to our own death?

How ought this promise change the way we live today?

How does the return of Jesus shape my understanding of hope?

How can you prepare for his coming in glory? How can the church help you? How can you help others prepare?

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