August 11, 2013

Our Flow in Hope

Speaker: Reid S. Monaghan Series: Our Flow is Gospel Topic: Exposition Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:13–4:18

Quick Review


Community, Holiness and Hope

1 Thessalonians 3:11-13


Hope Still Floats


The one dangerous thing in dystopian future imaginings


Hope for the Dead (verses 13, 14)


1 Corinthians 15:17-19



Hope for the Living (verses 15-17)


Glorious Images


A Command to Encourage (Verse 18)


Titus 2:11-14


Community Meditation

Growing in Knowledge

  • Discuss the imagery found in 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17. Cry of command, voice of an archangel, trumpet of God, the clouds, “meeting” the Lord. What does this signify?
  • If we find the resurrection of the dead, the coming of Jesus, the entire church with Jesus in victorious glory, always being with the Lord, as contemporaneous events...what conclusions can we draw about this time? What else follows after this time? Cross reference with a reading of 1 Corinthians 15.

Feeling Life Deeply

  • What sort of teaching have you been exposed to in the past regarding the “end times” or “end of the world”? Through media, books, church teachings?
  • Did this provoke in you fear? Joy? Conspiracy feelings? Hope? Why?

Living with Courage

  • Paul sets his discussion of death, resurrection and the second advent in the context of community, holiness, and indirectly, judgment. How should this affect the way we live now?
  • Likewise Read Titus 2:11-14 and discuss the relationship between the “blessed hope” of the second coming and our  life and mission now?

other sermons in this series

Sep 8


Our Flow in Light of His Coming

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:13–28 Series: Our Flow is Gospel

Sep 1


Our Flow: Before God

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:16–22 Series: Our Flow is Gospel

Aug 25


Our Flow Together

Speaker: Reid S. Monaghan Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:12–5:15 Series: Our Flow is Gospel