When Will Jesus Return?

New Philly Hongdae (video streamed to Sillim, Itaewon, Busan, Sydney, Melbourne)
Preached by Christian Lee on September 20, 2015, Sunday.
Duration: 61 minutes (audio)
CG questions written by Pastor Paul Yoo.


Preached at NP Hongdae-Alpha

 

Discussion Questions

 

  1. How has your heart been responding to the relatively quiet aftermath of the Shemitah? Do you feel relieved, disillusioned, misled, offended, still watchful?
  2. Read 2 Peter 3:3-13. This is a passage that specifically addresses a delay or absence of God’s coming judgment. Peter outlines two contrasting perspectives with which to look at such a delay or absence – the scoffers’ perspective and God’s perspective (which is also the godly person’s perspective).
    1. In your own words, how would you summarize the attitude and spirit of the scoffers in vv. 3-4?
    2. In vv. 5-7, Peter says these scoffers are overlooking an important fact. What is it?
    3. In vv. 8-9, Peter now exhorts believers not to overlook something. What fact are believers called to remember? How does this fact address the scoffing of the scoffers that we read in v. 4? What is God’s perspective on a delayed judgment?
    4. In vv. 10-13, Peter outlines what our response should be even in light of a delayed judgment. What will happen when the day of the Lord comes (v. 10)? In light of this, how should God’s people be living in response? Should believers be living lives like this only when there’s an immediate expectation of global shakings, or at all times?
  3. Even if nothing were to happen in the wake of the Shemitah, how ought we to be living? PC said the end times teachings will have been worth it even if it were just to gain this maranatha spirit, a heart longing for Christ’s return and a mind un-offendable to the end times judgments. If we gain that kind of heart and perspective, then even if nothing were to happen, we will be living as the apostle Peter has called all believers to live at all times.
  4. As Christians, should we be looking for signs of Jesus’s return? Or should we not be looking into such things? What is the basis for your view? For example, is it based on passages of Scripture? Or is it based on your experience?
  5. Review: What were the four signs of Jesus’s coming, as found in Matthew 24?
    1. Disasters in the World (Mt 24:4-8)
    2. Persecution and Apostasy (Mt 24:9-14)
    3. Beast in the Middle East (Mt 24:15-28; 2 Thess 2:3-4)
    4. Darkness in the Sky (Mt 24:29-31)
  6. Read Revelation 14:9-12. What is the destiny of people who worship the beast and receive its mark? Do you think the church in the West will be ready when tribulation and persecution comes? Do you think you’ll be ready?
  7. David Pawson said that end times shakings are “not death-pangs of the old but birth-pangs of the new, not the end of all good things but the beginning of much better things. The appropriate response is not alarm and anxiety, but a sense of anticipation.” (When Jesus Returns, p. 22) Apostle Paul said “through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22) There are shakings and tribulations coming, but they are mercifully brief and will lead us to glory.
  8. Pray for one another in your CG, that your hearts would be established firm in hope of the glory that’s to come, and that you would all have strength to endure in the day of tribulation and to stand blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus.Encourage one another with 1 Thess 5:23-24.

Comments

  1. Anna Suber says:

    I believe what David Pawson said, regarding how christians should view the end times shakings, is true. It’s ironically similar to how we should view our walks with the Lord. We shouldn’t view our hardships in life as “God’s punishment for something I did in the past”; however, as opportunities for growth and encouragement to which we will not endure them forever. But, that is easier said than done ;). I find my mind teetering back and forth with the idea if I will be truly ready when the end times comes. I need strength and more praying regarding these messages.

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