Happy Monday!  As we have been learning, one of the key themes that emerges in Paul's letter to the Thessalonians is that of future.  In this passage the coming of Jesus is addressed directly as the new believers in Thessalonica are struggling with the loss of their friends.

Grace + Peace, Joey

CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever thought about how Jesus' return impacts life?

_ Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.

DISCOVER  [ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18] 13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What do they not want the Thessalonians to be uniformed about in vs. 13-14?
_ What is described as happening when Jesus returns in vs. 15-16?
_ What will happen to those of us who are left alive in vs.17?
_ What are we to do with this news in vs. 18? 
_ What does this passage teach us about Jesus and the grace of the gospel (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort)?  

+ HOW am I being convicted of sin to confess and what steps of action does He have me taking in this season of life?   (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)

+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)