“We Do Not Want You to Be Uninformed”
St. Paul was writing to encourage the Thessalonians.
A host of different opinions, conjectures, and confusions were swirling about concerning what we often call “the end-times”—that is, the time of Jesus’ return and the end of this world as we know it (though not as REM knows it). The Christians at Thessalonica were understandably unsettled by all this uncertainty, and so Paul writes to assuage their fears.
“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers,” Paul writes, “about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4.13). 2000 years later, many continue to be “uninformed” about the end-times and in need of sound biblical counsel.
With this in mind, as we wind down the end of the Church Year and the focus of the Sunday liturgies is increasingly on matters eschatological (a word meaning “teaching about the end”), we’ll have a brief sermon mini-series aimed to debunk myths about the end-times. Entitled “We Do Not Want You to Be Uniformed,” each of the last three Sundays of the Church Year will address a different myth or confusion about our Christian hope.
The first week we’ll look at the aforementioned letter to the Thessalonians and what the Bible teaches about the so-called “rapture.” In week 2, we’ll address human attempts to put a date on Jesus’ return. Finally, in the last Sunday of the Church Year, we’ll show how our future hope is “full-bodied” and not just some disembodied bliss atop clouds.
Join us throughout November and be “uninformed” about the end-times no longer!