5-5-5 Daily Devotions: “Afterlife-The Golden Hour, Part 1” July 25-26, 2020

5-5-5 Daily Devotions

Afterlife "The Golden Hour" Part 1
July 25-26, 2020

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

When you get scared, what is your ordinary response?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT (Bible.com)

Some of his disciples began talking about the majestic stonework of the Temple and the memorial decorations on the walls. But Jesus said, “The time is coming when all these things will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!” “Teacher,” they asked, “when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to take place?”

He replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and saying, ‘The time has come!’ But don’t believe them. And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won’t follow immediately.” Then he added, “Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven.

“But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me. So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you, for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you!

Even those closest to you—your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends—will betray you. They will even kill some of you. And everyone will hate you because you are my followers. But not a hair of your head will perish! By standing firm, you will win your souls. Luke 21:5-19 NLT (Bible.com)

When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the fourth living being say, “Come!” I looked up and saw a horse whose color was pale green. Its rider was named Death, and his companion was the Grave. These two were given authority over one-fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword and famine and disease and wild animals. Revelation 6:7-8 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

There is a day coming in the future. It will come as a surprise. And when that day comes, you will either be wisely prepared or foolishly unprepared. You will either be ready or you won’t.

Remember: for the Christian, it is faith over fear.

Application (5 minutes)

While Jesus was clear that he would return, his encouragement to his followers was to stay faithful and to focus on their impact. Are you prepared for Jesus’ return?

How are you focusing on making an impact with your life?

Why is it so important to embrace the spirit God has given us—of power, love, and self-discipline?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Ask God to help you have faith and focus, not fear!

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

What are you looking forward to in the future?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

 

“At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’

 

“But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’

“So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return. Matthew 25:1-13 NLT (Bible.com)

 

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! 2 Timothy 3:1-5 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

In this story, the ten bridesmaids represent us waiting for the bridegroom to show up. The bridegroom represents God. Jesus’ point is simple: “I’m coming back…you won’t know exactly when…stay alert!” The oil represents their spiritual life.

 

The five who were unprepared looked the part and dressed the part, but it was all surface level. Nothing was really there.

 

Application (5 minutes)

What does it mean to be prepared for Jesus’ return?

If “oil in a lamp” represents your spiritual level of readiness for Jesus’ return, are you prepared? If not, what do you need to do now so you can be prepared?

Have you ever fallen into the temptation to love only yourself and money?

 

How can someone “act religious” and still “reject the power that could make them godly”? What is really happening?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

Ask God to help you grow in authentic faith and reveal any areas in your life that are weighing you down.

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

What do you like most about weddings?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

After this, I heard what sounded like a vast crowd in heaven shouting, “Praise the Lord! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God. His judgments are true and just. He has punished the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality. He has avenged the murder of his servants.” And again their voices rang out: “Praise the Lord! The smoke from that city ascends forever and ever!”

 

Then the twenty-four elders and the four living beings fell down and worshiped God, who was sitting on the throne. They cried out, “Amen! Praise the Lord!” And from the throne came a voice that said, “Praise our God, all his servants, all who fear him, from the least to the greatest.” Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder: “Praise the Lord! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”

 

For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.” Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers and sisters who testify about their faith in Jesus. Worship only God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus. ” Revelation 19:1-10 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

Jesus is the bridegroom and the church is the bride.

 

The most often referred-to event in the New Testament is the second coming of Jesus! Repentance is referred to 34 times in the New Testament. Baptism is referred to 80 times in the New Testament. There are over 300 references in the New Testament that point to the fact that Jesus will literally return to the earth someday. And no one will miss it.

 

Application (5 minutes)

Out of all human relationships, Jesus uses “marriage” as the description of his relationship with the church. Out of all possible ceremonies, Jesus uses the “wedding feast” as a description of the celebration when he gets back together with the church. What does this help us see about Jesus’ character?

 

What feelings did you have as you read through Revelation 19?

 

“Jesus is coming back.” Is that more comforting for those who already met and walked with him, or for those who have never seen him?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you approach your Heavenly Father in prayer, consider the deep wrath towards sin and the even deeper love he has towards people. Let God expand your understanding and appreciation of his power and love for you.

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

When you feel feelings of guilt, do you 1) hide from God or 2) come close to God? Which do you think he wants?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You live this way already, and we encourage you to do so even more. For you remember what we taught you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.

 

God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor— not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways. Never harm or cheat a fellow believer in this matter by violating his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before. God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives. Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

 

But we don’t need to write to you about the importance of loving each other, for God himself has taught you to love one another. Indeed, you already show your love for all the believers throughout Macedonia. Even so, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you to love them even more. Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.

 

And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died.

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:1-18 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven. And everyone will see him— even those who pierced him. And all the nations of the world will mourn for him. Yes! Amen! Revelation 1:7 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Application (5 minutes)

God’s call on everyone’s life is to stay away from sexual sin and to control your body with holiness and honor. Are you honoring God and yourself in your thought life as well as your physical life?

 

Is it encouraging for you to know that those who died as believers 1) are with Jesus, and 2) will return with Jesus?

 

What change in perspective have these Scriptures offered? What next step do you need to take?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you approach your Heavenly Father with confidence and reverence, be reminded that if you have failed, he wants you to come near and confess it so that you can experience the forgiveness Jesus bought for you already. God wants you to feel his love for you so you can be freed from the power of sin and death!

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

What motivates you?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

 

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

 

Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies. For anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us. Hebrews 10:19-29 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Application (5 minutes)

Make a list of the words in this Scripture that describe how we as believers can approach our Heavenly Father.

 

How do we motivate each other?

 

Why do we “hold tightly” to our hope?

 

How has God himself handled our guilty consciences?

 

How does God see sin?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

Write out five words that describe your current approach to God in prayer. Be honest! Ask God to help you identify what is helpful and what is not so you can enjoy a fresh and renewed approach to your time with God!

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