The Day of the Lord

2015 TGC National Conference


In this 42-minute session from the 2015 Gospel Coalition National Conference, Mark Dever uses Paul's portrait of Christ's return from 1 Thessalonians to encourage believers to live in light of the Day of the Lord. Mark is pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C. He has authored numerous books including Nine Marks of a Healthy Church.  


Can you relate to Mark's description of "Secular Sam"? What most resonated with you?
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Why do you think there has been a movement in the church that more and more helps Christians cope with this life and less and less prepare for the next?
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Would you say this characterizes your church? Why or why not?
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Mark contrasted the sleepiness and drunkenness of those not ready for Christ's return with the alertness and self-control of those who will be ready.  

How is knowledge of Christ's imminent return a fuel for self-control?
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How can this be used as encouragement for those with a besetting sin?
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What would others say that you're living in expectation of? Do the actions of your life line up with an expectation of Jesus' soon return? How do your expectations of the next life change the way you live today?
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Paul's exhortation for believers in light of Christ's return was to encourage one another. Where could you most use encouragement?
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How can you encourage someone else with the hope of Christ's imminent return this week?
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Stay alert. Stay sober. Live in light of the reality of Christ's coming. Let all that you do and all you say be tempered by the blessed hope of Jesus' return. His death and resurrection has profound implications for today—not just eternity. Jesus died so that we might live together with Him both now and forevermore.


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