When Christ Returns

Future Hope, Present Faithfulness


We have charts and Bible studies to explain the end times, but there are details about Christ’s return and eternity that we often glance over in the church. Mark Mellinger sits down with John Piper, founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary, to ask him about what will happen when Jesus returns, the hope we find in Christ’s Second Coming, and how we should live in truth and delight in the meantime. 



John began by talking about the return of Christ. He will come and gather His people to Himself. John spoke about the remnant of Israel, the sign of Christ, and the gathering of the church—consisting of both Jews and Gentiles.  

What do you think of Christ returning to gather His people? How does that truth impact you and offer you hope?
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John said ethnic Jews are blinded to their Messiah, Jesus. The church should pray that the veil would be lifted from the eyes of Israel so they can follow Christ. Have you ever considered or practiced praying for ethnic Israel? Why or why not?
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As we live in light of the future hope of Christ’s return, we should be a people of radical truthfulness and delight in the Lord. Why is it difficult to exercise radical truthfulness? What selfish ambitions could you see hurting your ability to speak the truth? Why?
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John tied delighting in God to truth-telling. When we delight in Him, we speak the truth no matter what, but when we don’t, we can succumb to fear and compromise. How have you experienced telling the truth as an overflow of delighting in God? In what ways do you see the fear of people affecting whether or not you speak the truth?
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As our world continues to rebel against God, we should continue to share the gospel at all costs. John said if we give our life away to Jesus, we gain life in return. He said to go to the nations, fight injustice, and take risks for the sake of Christ.

How do you live out and share the gospel in your context? Do you sense God calling you to go somewhere for mission work? If so, where, and why do you feel God is calling you there? What steps are you taking toward going? If not, in what ways can you work for justice and take risks at home, school, and work?
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John spoke about the new heaven and earth—what we will and won’t remember there. He said we won’t remember anything that cannot fulfill our ultimate joy in God. What strikes you about his statement? Why?
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John concluded by explaining what stands out to him about the new heaven and earth. He said he cannot wait to fully know Christ, to see Him, and fellowship with Him for all eternity. How does the fact that you will fully know Christ resonate with you? Why?
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How could you delight in God this week? In what ways could you speak the truth boldly in your context? What steps could you take toward living on mission with your hope set in Jesus’ return?
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Live your life with an eternal perspective. Put your hope in Christ—His death and resurrection, His grace, and His return. Pray for the people in your life who don’t know Him, including ethnic Jews. Speak the truth and delight in God as you love and obey Him this week.  


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