Because the Day of the Lord is Coming


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Many Christians believe Jesus Christ is coming for God's people upon His return and that His return will be as a thief in the night. And that is exactly the reason why many professed Christians do not live a lifestyle as if He's coming any time soon.

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Because the Day of the Lord is Coming

  1. 1. Because The Day of the Lord is Coming Encouraging each other daily until His coming. 1 Thess. 5:1-11
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Until we are faced with the urgency for the coming “Day of the Lord” it is all too easy for God’s children to become complacent in His work. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is not that we are complacent with life: many work and are productive for the things of this life. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We need more of an urgency to live “as children of the day” that find many Christians deficient today . </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>This lesson is aimed at encouraging each other: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To gain a greater sense of urgency for the coming Day. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To live with that urgency in our relationship with God and man. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The Day is Coming <ul><li>We don’t need a reminder about the teaching of the Lord’s return. V. 1-3 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Since the first century, Christians have been expecting the Lord’s return. V. 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Even today, there are those who fully expect the Lord to come “at any moment.” </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Day is Coming <ul><li>Yet, too many Christians today have lost that urgency and expectation. Matt. 25:14ff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many live for the pleasures of this life… not really expecting the Lord’s return. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The teaching of the Lord’s return means nothing if it does not translate into a lifestyle of service to Him. Matt. 25:19 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our lives – the daily activities we engage in – reflect on whether we are expecting the Lord’s return. Cp. Lk. 12:16-21 </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Be Sober <ul><li>Brethren, we are not in the dark, so that the Lord’s judgment overtakes us. V. 4-7 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is not merely a life of sloth and carousing that God condemns. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contextually, the apostle is providing a complete contrast to drive home his message of being children of the day. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is just as destroying for us to live a life of the flesh: work and recreation…for this life. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Be Sober <ul><li>Instead, we are children of the day: alert to the issues of eternal life. V. 8 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We are a people who wear a life of faith and love like a breastplate of protection. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We are a people who live with the hope of salvation. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Encourage Each Other <ul><li>God did not appoint us to wrath, but to salvation. V. 9-10 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God graciously and patiently desires our salvation. 2 Pet. 3:9 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But, if we live for this world, and not as ones who wait for the coming day, the Lord’s return will be as a thief in the night…even for us. 2 Pet. 3:10 </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Encourage Each Other <ul><li>Build each other up more and more. V. 11 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our souls are much too precious to simply live for only ourselves (follow Jesus’ example). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spend time communicating, sharing, encouraging one another each day. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Conclusion <ul><li>With the Lord’s day coming as a thief there must be a sense of urgency about the way we lives each day. </li></ul><ul><li>Brethren, sober up and encourage each other as the Day approaches. </li></ul>