Aim

To remember that however brief life may seem - - and is - - the King still has one more move.

Discussion Questions

  1. In this session, John Ortberg, talked about multiple kinds of trophies. Some are legitimate to pursue. Some aren't legitimate. Which kinds of trophies should we not pursue? Which kind of trophies should we pursue? (If you have any question about the legitimacy of pursuing trophies, then read Jesus' words in  Matthew 5:12, 6:1-4, 25:21)!
  2. If you had to say which is a greater problem which would you choose? (A) That we want too much or (B) That we want to little. This quote from C.S. Lewis may help you decide. See also 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
  3. John talked a lot about his grandmother in this series. Is there someone who God used in your life that you believe lived in a way that pleased God? Share a story about something you learned from that person.
  4. This series repeatedly has emphasized that soon enough the "game is going to be over." Scripture makes this same point. As we noted previously, James 4:13-17 tells us that life is like a vapor. Psalm 144:3-4 says that our days are like a "breath" or a "fleeting shadow." How old do you think most people are before they start to learn about the shortness or brevity life? When did that point begin to make an impression on you? Why is it so critical that we realize life is short?
  5. John stressed that no matter how dire circumstances may seem, "the King still has one more move." Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and notice the move every Christian should eagerly anticipate. What we are to do light of the King's impending move (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)?

[13] But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. [14] For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. [15] For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. [16] For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. [17] Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. [18] Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ESV).

Follow-Up

  1. We've been reminded that life is short. One of the best ways to be encouraged is to read Revelation 20-22. Try and picture the scene in your mind. When you get to Revelation 22, circle the word "soon" every time you come across it.
  2. Be encouraged by reading this post, The Pastoral Privilege of Telling Our Flock When Jesus Will Return.