THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 92nd EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCALCHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: LIVING WITH HOPE
Faith Pathway/Faith Journey Topic: Great Expectations
Printed Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-11 (NIV)
Key Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:9 (NIV)
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary 2012.-2013
People find themselves in situations that can be destabilizing and disheartening, and in circumstances that cause despair. How do we find stability, courage, and hope? Paul assured us that the promise of Christ’s return provides us with comfort and hope.
Living with expectations, between “the already” and “the not yet” poses great challenges to one’s faith. Paul’s exhortation and teaching to the Christians in Thessalonica represent the strongest appeal for steadfast hope in the midst of opposition and resistance to the purpose of God. The hope that believers in Jesus Christ (both those who have died and those still alive) have in His resurrection and return provides encouragement which Christians can share. Christ will return and take His faithful ones to be with Him forever.
God, thank You for the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Enable us to allow this hope to grow in our faith as we live in a world resistant to the Gospel message. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen