The Second Coming

New Philly Hongdae (video streamed to Sillim, Itaewon, Busan, Sydney, Melbourne)
Preached by Christian Lee on September 13, 2015, Sunday.
Duration: 65 minutes (audio)
CG questions written by Pastor Paul Yoo.


Preached at NP Hongdae-Alpha

 

Discussion Questions

 

  1. What was your view of the second coming as you grew up in church or started coming to church?
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    Who

  3. Though Christians disagree on a number of points about eschatology (the study of the last things), the one thing they all agree upon is the personal, visible, and sudden return of Jesus in bodily form. Jesus became human and stays human for all of eternity. Why should that be a cause for us to give praise and thanks? (Acts 1:9-11)
  4. Jesus’s resurrection body is not subject to sickness, decay or death. In the same way, we who believe in Christ will receive glorious resurrection bodies in eternity. Read Phil 3:20-21 and 1 Cor 15:42-43. How does that impact the way we look at our bodies – whether regarding disease, old age, fitness, health, looks, and even plastic surgery?
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    Where

  6. Upon Jesus’ return, he will destroy his enemies and rule the nations with an iron scepter (Psalm 2). Read 1 Thess 4:16-17. What is the order of events that will unfold when the Lord returns? Does this passage seem to fit with a pre-tribulation rapture?
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    How

  8. The second coming of Jesus will be unlike the first. At his first coming, Jesus came in meekness. But at his second coming, he will come in majesty. He came first as a sacrifice for sins, but he will come next as a conquering king to save his people and punish those who refuse to repent. He came first as a lamb, but will come next as a lion. As you consider HOW Jesus will return, what impact should that have for a Christian? How about for non-Christians?
  9. The New Testament writers commonly use three Greek words (parousia, epiphaneia, apocalupsis) to describe the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. The second coming of Jesus was a dominant theme in the mindset of the NT authors. PC said that many Christians have a truncated gospel because we do not give proper consideration to his second coming. How often do you think of Jesus’ return in your normal Christian walk? Does it shape the way you live and think? What impact ought it to have on our lives?
  10. Read Rev 22:20. Here, John cries out, “Come, Lord Jesus!” Does your heart cry out and long for Jesus’s return? Why do you think that is, and what does that reveal about where your heart is?
  11. Review: Overview of Revelation 20 and the Millennial Views.Read Revelation 20:1-6. This passage talks about a thousand year period (v. 2, 6) which theologians refer to as the millennium. There are three major views of the millennium:
    1. Premillennial – Jesus will return before (pre-) the millennium, and upon his return he will reign with all believers on this earth for a thousand years.
    2. Postmillennial – Jesus will return after (post-) the millennium. During this millennium, the gospel will continue to spread and the world’s cultures and institutions will become more and more Christian, all the way until Jesus’ return.
    3. Amillennial – We are currently living in the millennium (the millennium is the current church age). Jesus is currently reigning spiritually during this period, and upon his return he will usher in the new heavens and the new earth.
  12. What was your previous understanding of the millennium (a future period before the new heavens and new earth in which Jesus will reign with his people on the earth)? How important do you think this doctrine is, and why?
  13. Read Rev 19:11-20:15. Most premillennialists take this to be a chronology of the end times.
    1. Jesus’ first return is depicted in Rev 19:11-21, where he defeats the beast and the false prophet and all his enemies.
    2. Then in Rev 20:1-6, Satan is bound and Jesus reigns on earth for a thousand years with believers.
    3. In Rev 20:7-10, after the thousand years Satan gets out of his prison and gathers the enemies of God for a final battle with Jesus, but they lose this climactic battle.
    4. Then in Rev 20:11-15 comes the final judgment of believers and non-believers, also known as the great white throne judgment.
  14. Spend some time acknowledging and worshiping God as the one who will manifest his complete and supreme authority at the end of history, in judgment for those who rebel but in blessing for those who belong to him.

 

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