Committed to Encouragement – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric continues the series Committed with a sermon titled Committed to Encouragement focusing on 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
ICEBREAKER: If you could visit heaven right now and talk with one of the people of the Bible (other than Jesus), who would you talk to?
1. Three times in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15, the term “sleep” appears. Why do you think this term is used and what is implied by it? Consider other passages such as Matthew 27:52, John 11:11, and 1 Corinthians 15:20 to gain further insights.
2. From your experience, how do people who have no hope grieve, why do they grieve in this manner, and how does this contrast with your hope as a believer [1 Thessalonians 4:13]?
3. The return of Christ is as much an indispensable part of the gospel message as His death and resurrection [1 Thessalonians 4:14-16]. How does this future hope influence your current living according to this text as well as Titus 2:11-14, James 5:7-11, and 1 John 3:1-3?
4. What is the order of events that will occur at Christ’s return [1 Thessalonians 4:15-17]? Why are all these details important for believers to know [cf. 1 Corinthians 15:51-57]?
5. Trick question: Is it better to still be alive at Christ’s coming, or to have died prior to His coming? How does this influence your view of death and your eternal hope? Refer to Isaiah 61, 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, and Revelation 21:1-4 for greater clarity.
6. The Apostle Paul encouraged believers to hold tightly to the hope of always being with the Lord [1 Thessalonians 4:17-18]. How could you use these verses, alongside of John 14:1-3, Luke 23:43, 1 Corinthians 15:58, and 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, to encourage those who are discouraged, anxious, or lacking hope?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“Let us be alert to the season in which we are living. It is the season of the Blessed Hope, calling for us to cut our ties with the world and build ourselves on this One who will soon appear. He is our hope—a Blessed Hope enabling us to rise above our times and fix our gaze upon Him.” (A.W. Tozer)