When You Are Comforted

August 4, 2019 Pastor: Gary Marburger Series: Flourish

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18

“Flourish” may be one of the best words to describe a Christian who is maturing in their faith.

Definition of Flourish: to be healthy and thriving; to blossom; to be at the height of influence

Five Tremendous Truths that Paul lays our for us”

Revelation: We have God’s Word (I Thessalonians 4:13,15a)

  • We have the great opportunity to look to Jesus and His Words for complete revelation and comfort concerning death  (2 Timothy 1:10; John 14:1-3)
  • We don’t need to fear death or the future because Jesus conquered death (I Corinthians 15:57-58)

Return: Christ is Coming Again (I Thessalonians 4:14-15)

  • “Imminent return of Christ” Christ could come at any moment (1 Corinthians 15:52)
  • Whether we live or die, as believers in Christ, we have nothing to fear because Jesus will come, either with us or for us.

Resurrection: Christians Who are Dead Will Rise (Vs. 15-16)

  • Believers will receive glorified bodies. The grave is not the end (Philippians 3:20-21)
  • When Christ returns in the air, He calls only those who are saved through faith in Him

Rapture: Living Believers will be Caught Up (I Thessalonians 4:16-17)

  • Rapture is a Latin term. It means to be caught up, to seize, to carry off
  • Christ will return for His own

Reminder: Believers Encourage Each Other (I Thessalonians 4:18)

  • A reunion is coming. We will be caught up with all the saints who have gone before
  • In heaven we will have:

            No Tears (Revelation 21:4)              No Fears (Revelation 21:3)

            No Loneliness (Revelation 21:25)     No Aging (Revelation 21:5)

Application: Jesus was victorious over death. He is coming again. We can comfort each other and flourish for Christ.

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