The Day of the Lord
Preparing for the Day of the Lord with 3 “A”s:
1 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.
1 Thessalonians 5: 1-7 (NIV)
8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.
1 Thessalonians 5: 8-10 (NIV)
11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5: 11 (NIV)
May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5: 23 (NIV)
1. If Christ were to return tomorrow, would you be ready?
2. What are the things that we should be especially watchful of about the “day of the Lord”? In what specific says can you be ready?
3. Since we are all “sons of light” and “sons of day”, how are we different from those who are “in darkness”?
4. What are the similarities between sleeping & drunkenness and the life of a sinner?