HOW WILL JESUS RETURN?
Can you remember a time when your mom or dad promised you something (a fishing trip, a special present, a ball game) and then they didn't deliver? How did that make you feel?
When you were told, "Wait until your birthday" or "Christmas isn't here yet" and "You'd better be good until then", how did that effect your behavior in the meantime?
Watch the first 5 minutes of Gene's message. The password is ecc.
Read 2 Peter 3:1-16. What frustrations does God's patience produce?
How is God's patience a benefit?
How does God's view of time differ from ours?
Considering Peter's words, is he addressing the certainty, the timing, or the manner of Christ's coming? In what ways are these passages an effective inducement to godly living now?
Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. What emotions or feelings do the words about Christ coming as a "thief in the night" stir up inside you?
CHECK THE MIRRORS
Who has influenced you positively for godly living? How so? How can you be more like that person for the sake of someone else this week?
Does the reality of Christ's return encourage or threaten you? How so?
How does this passage help you as you consider your own end of times?