1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (click for full reading)
“For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. “
What We Build
(click on the title above to listen to the sermon)
Even if we find it difficult to imagine the “end of days” or the “final judgment,” we are all aware, on some level, that our own end will come one day. However we may try to deny it, we know we are mortal and a day will come when our family and loved ones will gather to remember us.
I wonder what they will say about me on that day? Will my life have served as a witness after I am gone to the faith I claimed to have while I lived?
Paul says in this Thessalonians passage “Yes we face the reality of all kinds of death but we don’t grieve like people who don’t have any hope…” We live with a promise. The promise that death is real but it does not have the final word.
It comes down to faith and trust. Faith in God’s gracious claim on your life through your baptism into Christ. Trust that God will never let go of that promise, even after death.
How about you? Are you building a generous life, standing in the Lord’s strong tower? Let’s build that life together. That’s what Prince of Peace is all about.
Questions to Ponder/Discuss
1. In this message, Pastor Chad shared the story of a friend who is approaching the end of his life with faith and trust. Have you ever witnessed this kind of faith?
2. How are you “building yourself up in your most holy faith” as we say in one of our worship liturgies?
3. What are some of the ways your faith has matured and been strengthened?
If you were not at POP for worship on Sunday, take a moment to listen to the message by clicking the link above. This week, pay attention to the ways your Christian faith affects your daily life. As you work, study, serve, shop, exercise, relax and shovel (sorry, had to throw that in there!), where does your faith show up? Are you building a faith that makes a real difference in your life?