By Dan Lentz
1. What is your favorite book (other than the Bible)? What is your favorite movie? Do you tend to like specific books and movies because of themes, or because of surprise endings?
2. These verses command us to encourage one another with words about the Lord’s return. When you think about the Lord’s return, what is your first reaction?
“It’s a scary thought.”
“I’m excited about it, but then I think of all the things I still want to do here.”
“I’m ready; I hope he returns today.”
“Honestly, I don’t think about it very much.”
3. These verses also contain great encouragement for those who have lost loved ones in the Lord. How do these words bring comfort to you as you think about loved ones who have passed away?
4. Describe what this verse (v. 8) means to you: “Be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.”
5. Bring a flashlight to group and pass the flashlight around the circle. As each person holds the flashlight, talk about a way you want to become a light to a dark world. After each person has had a chance to talk, ask a volunteer to close your time with prayer.
Dan Lentz works for the Small Group Network in Whitestown, Indiana.