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Scott Grant - April 19, 2015

Good Grief

Between the Times

Grief in the wake of loss, especially the loss of a loved one, is utterly appropriate. In fact, it’s biblical. But Paul would not have us grieve hopelessly. How might we go about grieving appropriately, emptying the cup of grief so that God can fill it with something else?

Scripture References: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

From Series: "Between the Times"

We live between the times: between the first coming of Christ and the future coming of Christ. It’s a hard place to be, because what we long for hasn’t been fully realized. But it’s also an exciting place to be, because what we long for has been partially realized. As we experience something of what we long for, we anticipate the coming day, but we also appreciate the present day in light of the coming day. In his two letters to the Thessalonians, the apostle Paul references the future “coming” of Christ more than he does in all his other letters combined. Our study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians therefore will help us live—really live—in the present, between the times, leaning into the future.

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