Advent Week 5 ~ Second Coming
Each week we offer some notes of quotes and Scripture references used in the Sunday message. Our hope is that we will use these tools to go deeper into the passage and series. As we journey together through the Bible may we be transformed as a church, and individually, by God’s Word.
Advent week 5 by Jon Navarre
You can listen to Jon’s message here: http://gracetoledo.org/portfolio/advent-week-5/
“We can debate the details, but that He is coming again is one of the fundamental doctrines of
Christianity. No matter what their differences are on the details, all Christians who take the Bible
as their final and ultimate authority agree that Christ will return personally, visibly, and in Great
Glory.” ~ Jon Navarre
A definition of Jesus’ Second Coming by Theologian Wayne Grudem:
“The Second Coming of Christ- The sudden, personal, visible, bodily return of Christ from
Heaven to Earth.”
Scripture verses Jon used in his message:
“The Writers of the New Testament were a bruised and battered bunch. This is why they wrote so much about heaven. The hope of heaven stoked fire in their bones, and their writings were laced with constant references to the Second Coming of Christ, to a time when their Savior would restore all things and complete the kingdom. Continually they were praying, “Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!” They were eagerly waiting for Jesus Christ to be revealed. These suffering saints were not trying to escape the painful realities of earth, they gladly endured their hardships. They were able to be happy because they knew heaven would reveal the earthshaking significance behind each tear and affliction. They likened themselves to soldiers poised on the watchtower, workers hoeing for the harvest, athletes straining toward the finish line, and virgins waiting wide-eyed in the night, lamps trimmed, hearts afire, and scanning the horizon for the arrival of their beloved. For New Testament writers who suffered- and suffered much- the world was no party. Rather, they were anticipating the coming Party!” -Joni Eareckson Tada in Pearls of Great Price
The main passage Jon focused on in his message was Matthew chapters 24-25.
Jon handed out some reflection questions you can find on this link.