Ice Breaker

What is the best piece of advice that you've ever received?

Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is to help us realize that our time here on earth is running out, and that we should be ready for Jesus to come back at any moment. 

Main Scripture

Matthew 24:37 NLT When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. 

DISCUSSION

The word of God promises that Jesus will return. 
Acts 1:10 NLT As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”

Q1- Are there moments in your life that you feel like you may be just "standing" around? Are there areas of your life you feel complacent? 

FACTS ABOUT THE 2ND COMING OF CHRIST

Fact #1 - Most people on Earth will be caught by surprise. 
Matthew 24:38 NLT In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat.

Q2 - What are some areas of life that could potentially distract someone from God?

Q3 - Are there any areas in your own life that can become a distraction from God?

Fact #2 - Those that are not ready will be left behind.
Matthew 24:40-41 NLT Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.

Q4 - What is it going to take for us to be ready?

Q5 - What are some things that would make us NOT ready for Jesus coming back?

Fact #3 - No one knows when Jesus Christ will come back. 
Matthew 24:42 NLT So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.

Q6 - No one knows the exact day or hour that Jesus will return. But what are some signs from today that show He is coming back soon?

Q7 - If you knew tomorrow was your last day on Earth, how would it change the way you live?

Declaration: "I declare that I will keep a ready mentality at all times for Jesus Christ's return! I declare that I will witness to those around me to prepare them for the day Jesus comes back. I will guard my heart, so that I do not get distracted with the busyness of life."

Application

Act like tomorrow was your last day on Earth. Practice having a "ready" mentality. Even though you may not know the day or the hour of Christ's return, practice having a heart that is ready to go at any moment.