1 Thessalonians four:13–18: When Will the Dead Be Raised?


“With a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God” (1 Thessalonians four:16). In this lab, John Piper points to this verse as the noisiest verse in the Bible as he explains the spectacular nature of the second coming. No one particular will sleep via the second coming of Jesus.

Some concerns to ask as you study and study 1 Thessalonians four:13–18:

  1. What are some truths that all Christians can agree upon when discussing the second coming? What are some points of distinction?
  2. Study 1 Thessalonians four:13–18. What is news of Jesus’s coming meant to do for these who are in Thessalonica? Does it have the exact same impact on you?
  3. This paragraph ends with the challenge to “encourage one particular a further with these words.” How can you use these truths to encourage somebody this week?

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Principles for Bible Reading

Defining Terms in Context

Typically, we come with our definitions of words prior to we comprehend what a verse or passage implies. This can function at instances, but we have to not silence the passage. Rather, we have to let the passage itself define what particular words imply. Words aid us comprehend verses, and verses aid us comprehend words.

So, as you study, take time to ask, “What can I find out about what this word implies from the passage?” Set aside a couple of days to study via a complete book numerous instances prior to walking via it in a slower, additional in-depth way.


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