Week #5

 

Fear of Global Calamity

 

“Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.” (Matthew 24:4-8).
  1. The Bible is full of warnings of the dangerous times that we live in but  Jesus also tell us not to be alarmed. What is the difference between being aware of your situation with a rational concern, and being alarmed?  Where is the fine line between being a realist and a cynic?

  2. How are Christians to handle the onslaught of bad news that streams through our television sets and computer screens each  and every day?

  3. Do you think prayers for global peace are in vain?  If there will always be wars, what should believers hope and pray for?

 

During World War II, bombs fell on Poland. BU5 one lone building partly survived the bombs – a wall stood with these words clearly legible from a short distance. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

  1. Why must this world pass away?

  2. How does the temporary nature of earthly life affect our daily routine? How would our priorities change if our focus was on eternity?

  3. Why do you think Jesus mentioned deception first when describing the end of the world?

  4. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).  All things, big and small, flow out of the purpose of God and serve his good will. When the world appears to be out of control, it isn’t.   How can you remind yourself that God is in control?

  5. What verses come to mind that help you understand that God is in control and you are not?  What verses assure you that you can trust God’s character? That you can trust his motives? That his promises are sure?