A patient who refuses to seek help and self-medicates his own condition has a fool for a doctor. So with our spiritual illness. God sends our help from outside of us, in Christ…



Hear the full audio of The Only Cure for Thessalonian Eschatologitis

A sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Last Sunday of the Church Year / 25 November 2018


Immanuel Lutheran Church of Laurel, NE

Bible Class Notes 11.25.18 (Last Sunday of the Church Year)

A structural sort of outline of 1 Thessalonians 5 (ESV)

New Point of Spiritual Diagnosis: eschatologitis?

5:1 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you.

Evidential Basis in Awareness:

2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

Applied Example of Lacking Awareness:

3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

Applied Basis of their Awareness:

4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.

Wellness Prescription: Knowledge of Where You Came From, Your Origin:

5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.

Origin Applied to Living:

6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.

Opposing contrast:

7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night.

Prescription Usage &Treatment: Applied Spiritual Ground of Origin:

8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.

Prognosis: Your Destiny and God’s Divine will:

9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.

Conclusion: (Discharge Orders)

11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.


Study Questions:

1.) What new topic does Paul decline to take up and address in detail here? (v.1)

2.) What is Paul’s reason for refusing to address this in greater detail? (v.2)

3.) When Paul says “sudden destruction will come upon them,” who are”them”? (v.3)

4.) Why won’t “the day” of the Lord surprise Christians (v.4)

5.) The Apostle points his hearers to their point of origin, their nature and family of origin. (v.5)

6.) Thus, they should not ___________, but should ___________ and ___________. (v.6)

7.) What happens to awareness during sleep? How does intoxication impact decisions? (v.7)

8.) Paul isn’t focused on physical sleep/drunkenness. What does this sobriety look like? (v.8)

9.) In verse 5 our origin is in view, in verse 10, our destination. What is our destiny? (v.9)

10.) What alone makes our faith, hope and love certain of our destiny? (v.10)

11.) What work is truly ours now, given our origin, our circumstance, and our destination? (v.11)


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