Why Will Jesus Return?

New Philly Hongdae (all campuses)
Preached by Christian Lee on October 4, 2015, Sunday.
Duration: 62 minutes (audio)


Preached at NP Hongdae-Alpha
 

Discussion Questions

CG questions written by Paul Yoo.

 

  1. Have you ever spent a period of your life away from or separated from someone important to you, and what was that like? Share with one another.
  2. Optional: How does it affect the servants when they know that their master will return home soon, or when employees know the boss is coming back? How about when a bride knows her husband is coming back from a long journey or tour of war duty?
  3. Review: What are the five purposes why Jesus will return?
  4. PC said, “Salvation is a much bigger process than modern churches make it out to be.” Have each person write down how they would explain the gospel, the good news about Jesus, in one minute. What are some essential elements that are missing in most modern “instant gospel presentations”?
  5. Wayne Grudem defines glorification as follows: “Glorification is the final step in the application of redemption. It will happen when Christ returns and raises from the dead the bodies of all believers for all time who have died, and reunites them with their souls, and changes the bodies of all believers who remain alive, thereby giving all believers at the same time perfect resurrection bodies like his own.”
  6. Can you imagine what it will be like when sin and death no longer infect our lives and our world? What are some specific ways that life will be different?
  7. What has been your attitude toward Jews throughout your life, and how did that attitude develop? Has there been any spirit of anti-Semitism in your life, and if so, what did that look like? Take a moment to repent of any anti-Semitism and speak a prayer of blessing over Israel and the Jews.
  8. In the Old Testament, a predominant theme and outlook is a longing for a righteous ruler to take the throne (for example, see Isa 11:1-10). The Israelites constantly looked forward to the Davidic king who would rule not only God’s people, but even extending to the nations. This takes the form of the Davidic covenant (2 Sam 7) where God promised David that he would not lack a descendant to sit on the throne. While human rulers may err and be corrupt, Jesus is the ultimate Davidic king who would rule in wisdom and righteousness and justice, and this comes to climactic fulfillment when Jesus returns and rules the world.
  9. What are some injustices that you have personally experienced in your life? What are some injustices in the world today that deeply affect and break your heart? Does your heart cry out for Jesus to return and rule the world in righteousness and justice?
  10. Read Revelation 20:11-15. Do you have any qualms about the idea of a final judgment for all people? Do you think it’s necessary? How would it affect a Christian’s life if there were no final judgment? In other words, how does the doctrine of the final judgment enable a Christian to live a better life even while on earth – more loving, more long-suffering, more forgiving, more trusting?
  11. PC closed his sermon describing the kind of church that Jesus is returning for. What would it look like for a church to be worthy and ready for Christ when he returns? What kind of bride ought Jesus to receive? Do you think the church today is ready for the return of Christ? How about you?

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