This past weekend at Eastbrook, I continued our series on 1 Thessalonians entitled “Hope Rising: 1 Thessalonians for Today.” This fourth week of the series I preached from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 on how belief that God holds the future brings hope into the way we live with God now.
You can find the message outline and video below. You can access the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.
“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
Grieving, but with Future Hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
The Thessalonian believers’ grief
The rest of humankind grieves without hope because without Christ
The importance of grieving – even Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus
God’s Truth About Future Hope (1 Thessalonians 4:14-18)
What we believe about Christ and ourselves (4:14)
The teaching of Jesus on this, summarized by Paul (4:15-17)
Encourage one another with this future hope (4:18)
Living Now with Future Hope (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)
The reality of the “day of the Lord” (5:1-3)
The contrast of night and day, darkness and light (5:4-8)
The truth on which we build our hope for the future (5:9-10)Encourage one another and build each other up with this future hope (5:11)
This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize 1 Thessalonians 4:14-15 or 5:9-10
- For further study on the resurrection of the body, read 1 Corinthians. Underline or write down what you notice about what the future resurrection will be like. Discuss or share your thoughts/questions with a friend.
- Watch the Bible Project video, “The Day of the Lord”
- Consider reading:
- C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce