Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
We have much confusion (and even more speculation!) when it comes to the “last things” as we find them in God’s word. Is Jesus returning? When will that be? What will it be like? What happened do the those who have died? Will some of us be around? And what does it mean? And yet we must plow into it because it brings clarity to so much of what we believe and how we live. We are a hope-full people. Let’s see how God’s word gives us a sure and reliable window to see the beauty of the picture we are promised in the return of the King, Jesus Christ.
We realize that these two sermons (11/15 and 22) generate a lot of questions. So consider looking to two resources: 1) since we are an Evangelical Presbyterian Church, the Westminster Confession of Faith and catechisms are our standard for the doctrine that Scripture teaches. You may want to look at ch 32-33 of (or see questions 82-90 of the Larger Catechism). 2) And if you are looking for books, let me suggest two wonderful ones: The Bible and the Future by Anthony Hoekema and Surprised by Hope by NT Wright. Both are useful guides as you navigate Scripture. But the key here is indeed the Scriptures themselves.