The Return of Christ

May 3, 2020 Speaker: Tim Rice Series: The Life of Christ

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Memory Verse for the Week: 1 Thessalonians 4:16 & 18 (ESV)

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. … Therefore encourage one another with these words.

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Intro: What does the term “beatific vision” mean?

What if there was no ultimate reconciliation of everyone and everything?

Why do we believe Jesus IS coming back?

Therefore, how should we live?


1. Therefore, how should we live? Worship the LORD for His true goodness and power to conquer evil. Praise Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for already conquering death and hell in Christ, and His promised victory over all evil at Jesus’ Return.

2. How have you lived in ignorance of how spiritual forces of evil are real, or in fear that they will overcome you? Confess your fear and unbelief asking Jesus to cleanse you and to secure you in His love and power.

3. Give thanks to Jesus for how He is trustworthy by what He has done and for what He has promised. Thank Him for already winning out over sin, death, Satan and hell, and for His guarantee that He is coming back for us!

4. Who do you know that is overwhelmed by suffering and evil? Read Revelation 21:1-5, and pray for them asking Jesus, the Lord Almighty, to give them peace in His rule and power.

5. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you insight into the certainty of Jesus’ reign and future return. Pray for sobriety, perspective and hope under Jesus’ rule while you continue to live faithfully for Him.

Looking Back

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