In the readings there were various things but primarily we focused upon ... the Second Coming of Christ
I do love this diagram which reminds us of where we are in the timeline of everything.
As we got going at looking at this I was reminded as we STOP at advent and look back ... we're looking back at what has been ... the incarnation, the resurrection etc but we're also looking forward to the second advent with expectation and preparedness.
Hugely challenging, in that we're living in the tension between the now and the not yet of God's Kingdom.
some key passages ...
1 Thess 3:12 12And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. 13And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
Luke 21: 34 ‘Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation* and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, 35like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.’*dissipation = overindulgence
Some great discussion was had ...