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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 24:16-28

Carefully Think

  • Read Matt 24:1-31, focusing on 16-28
  • Review last week's sermon to remember a biblical context of "let the reader understand" in verses 15.  What is Christ saying about the abomination of desolation?
  • What is the difference between the tribulation of v. 4-14 and the tribulation of v. 15-28?
  • How does v. 21 lead us to believe these are future events?
  • What does the phrase “in Judea” suggest about the events described in the section?
    Notice the supernatural aspect of the false christs described in v. 23-24. Does this sound like the false teachers of today?
  • What do v. 27-28 tell us about Christ’s return? How does this mention of his return fit into the preceding and following contexts?
  • What does v. 28 mean? How does the parallel imagery in v. 27 relate to, and help explain v. 28?

Prayerfully Meditate

  • How have you been living in light of the return of Christ? How should his return impact your life? 
  • When do you see his return happening and how has that changed?  Does that change how you live now in regards to obedience to him and killing sin?
  • How has his coming motivated you to holiness and disciple making? How should his coming motivate us to these things?
  • How should we be guarding against false christ’s and prophets? How will our current study of Matt 24 and 25 help accomplish this?

Intentionally Act

  • Pray that the Lord would humble our hearts to see the importance of studying Christ’s return.
  • Pray that our church would long for the return of Christ.
  • Pray that we would have attentive hearts and minds to understand and apply what we are taught.
  • Pray that amidst differing views on eschatology our church would remain united, having the gospel be central to our fellowship.
  • Pray for those who will be leading our gathering this week: Dawson Bryant, music; Brandon Ferguson, Elders' prayer and Scripture reading; Bret Capranica, teaching.
  • Spend some time preparing for worship in the music below, but more importantly the lyrics; that are minds would already be focused on him and not distractions brought into service or during service.

Songs for Sunday

Lyrics

Morning Gathering Lyrics - November 22, 2015.pdf