Grace: Simply Incredible, Incredibly Simple
Mercy Me1 Digging Deeper
Loves Me, Loves Me Not1 Digging Deeper
Defined by Kind1 Digging Deeper
Two of the Greatest Men I've Known1 Digging Deeper
Tale of Two Davids1 Digging Deeper
Theophilia and a Thief1 Digging Deeper
O, The B-I-B-L-E1 Digging Deeper
Jesus, Blessed Jesus1 Digging Deeper
Hoping for Heaven1 Digging Deeper
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A Godhead of Grace1 Digging Deeper
Hoping for Heaven
What – more than anything else – can we hope to enjoy when Jesus returns?
13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16
16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
When Jesus returns, He will raise the dead. What does this thought mean to you personally? Who do you want to embrace and be with most of all after the dead are raised?
28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Corinthians 15:42-44; 48-49
42 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body…
48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
What do you hope to hear from Jesus when He returns? What do you think you will hear? Why?
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
What reward are we hoping to receive when Jesus returns? What aspects of this give you hope and joy?
12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven,
2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began.
In studying what we have called “The Feast of God’s Favor,” we have focused on: (1) that which prepares us to know Jesus, (2) the blessings we enjoy because of our relationship with Jesus and (3) the hope we have of living with Jesus. Reflect back over these three lessons and specify what “tasted” the best to you. Explain why.
1 Peter 2:2-3 (NKJV)
2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.