Anglican Bible study – STUDY 50, DECEMBER 18, 2022 : Topic – The expectation of Christians
THEME: THE LORD GOD AND THE REIGN OF PEACE.
SUB-THEME: The eternal reign with God-2
TOPIC: The expectation of Christians
TEXTS: 1Co 15:26,54-58
i. to remind us as Christians that death has no power over us if we die in Christ and
ii. to study why Christians should look forward to the eternal reign with God instead of clinging to the splendors of this world.
The strength of our Faith as Christians is measured by the level of our focus on eternal reign with God rather than temporal reign on earth. The more we focus on earthly merits and gains, the more we lose our focus on the heavenly crown which is eternal. Christians must develop and have a highope of what the eternal reign with God will look like and always wish to be there.
1. Reflect on our text today and analyze the hope of the Christians in life after death.
2. Why should Christians look forward to the eternal reign with God instead of clinging to the passing splendors of this world? Critically discuss from the context of 1John 2:16-17 and Rev 21:1-4
3. What is the expectation of Christians concerning eternity? 1Cor 15:54-58; Rev 7:14-17.
4. Mention some of the reasons for losing faith by some Christians in the eternal reign with God. Matt 24;9-12; Rev 2:4 and what should be our stand as pilgrims of heaven? 1Cor 15:58; Rev 2:5.
No matter how our success and accumulation of wealth may be here on earth, it can never be compared with the heavenly bliss where there will be no more failure, no more victimization neither will there be any intimidation. It is a glorious expectation which we must always look forward to enjoy.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: No matter how glorious our temporary world; it can never be compared with the eternal bliss in heaven.
MEMORY VERSE: Rev 7:16-17 “They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; “for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”