SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021
10:30 AM (ONE GATHERING for September, In-person + livestream + KIDS!, IBC campus)
THE END Is the Beginning 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:34-39
When He Appears. As we learn of the core things surrounding the return of Christ, we’ll look at three views of "the Millennium"—what can we all agree on and what should clearly be labelled as secondary.
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READ: 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:34-39; Colossians. 3:4, 1 John 2:28, 3:2; Roman 8:23
"In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, love." (Comenius, Unum Necessarium, 1668).
NAB Statement of Faith
9. We believe God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring all things to their appropriate end and establish the new heaven and the new earth (Ephesians 1:9–10, Revelation 21:1). The certain hope of the Christian is that Jesus Christ will return to the earth suddenly, personally, and visibly in glory according to His promise (Titus 2:13; Revelation 1:7; 3:11; John 14:1–3). The dead will be raised, and Christ will judge mankind in righteousness (John 5:28–29). The unrighteous will be consigned to the everlasting punishment prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10). The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their reward and dwell forever with the Lord (Philippians 3:20–21; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18).
II. Spectrum of End Times Beliefs
Some Key Words/Ideas:
Justin Martyr (2nd Cent) on premillennial view, “...Many who belong to the pure and pious faith and are Christians think otherwise"(Grenz, Millennial Maze, 39).
Three views of Millennium
If I were to have you read one End Times book:
Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, The Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church
If I were to have you read two End Times books:
Reading Revelation Responsibly - Uncivil Worship and Witness, Following the Lamb into the New Creation, Michael Gorman.
LAND THE PLANE
Final Word: Q&A Sunday next week
For Reflection and Discussion
General “ice breaker” questions