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This Sunday’s Discussion Questions: August 2
Introduction

The second coming of Jesus is an essential part of our Christian faith. It also gives a lot of encouragement and comfort as we live “in the world but not of the world”. It’s not hard to see then why the Christians from Thessalonica were upset when they thought they had missed the second coming of Jesus. How did we miss it? If Jesus HAS returned, why are things still the same?

Discussion Questions
  1. What is the “Day of the Lord”? and What happens on that day?
  2. The two metaphors to describe the arrival of “The Day”, like a thief in the night and like the labor pains of a pregnant woman stir the imagination. How are these two metaphors the same? How are they different?
  3. Why might a Christian be afraid of Jesus’ coming? Why might someone who is NOT a Christian NOT be bothered at all concerning the Lord’s return?
  4. Review the list of things we should be doing as we anticipate the Day of the Lord; which one speaks the loudest to you at this time in your life?
  • Look around you at the people you know well who are not following Jesus. See any differences in the way you are living? If not, there should be!
  • Stay awake. Watch. Be alert
  • Protect yourself
  • Encourage and comfort Christian friends, allow them to do the same for you.
  • Somehow, some way communicate with our neighbors, “You are in great danger”
Next Up

Prior to the return of Jesus, rebellion against God’s ways will sweep across the earth and a man will appear on the scene who will set himself up against God and make “god-like” claims. We will speak more of this man, known as the “man of lawlessness” or antichrist in the next session.

Difference Maker

We end with a blessing: May everything that you do which is prompted by the goodness of God and every step of trust that you take be both fruitful and effective. (2 Thessalonians 1:11)