The Future According to Jesus

And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him,
“Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!”
And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” Mark 13:1-4

Jesus predicts the _____, _______ and _____ of the temple (Mark 13:5-23)

  • There are things that are not signs (13:5-13)
  • There are signs and trials leading up the __ (13:14-23)

Jesus promises his ______ ______ (Mark 13:24-27)

Jesus ________ us for his coming (Mark 13:28-37)

How do we live in light of Jesus’ return? (Titus 2:11-14)

“The Future According to Jesus” – Mark 13

Main Idea: Live expectantly in light of the return of Jesus Christ.


Did you ever hear a sermon on the second coming when you were growing up? What do you remember about the teaching? Did the idea of Christ’s return fill you with anxiety or hope? 

Read Mark 13:1-37. Why were the disciples shocked at Jesus’ response to the beauty of the temple and what did they ask him as a result (13:1-4)? What did Jesus say were not signs of the end of the age (13:5-8)? 


After the “birth pains”, what things would happen to the early Christians (13:9-13)? Why did Jesus tell them not to worry about what to say when they were arrested for their faith (13:11)? What will bring comfort and help them endure their trials? 

Read Mark 13:14-23. What is the abomination of desolation (read Daniel 8:13; 9:26-27; 11:31; 12:11)? What deceptive signs will accompany that distress and how are we to be prepared (13:21-23)? 

Read Mark 13:24-27. What events and signs will immediately precede Christ’s second coming? How will the Son of Man come? 


What are the two illustrations Jesus gives to prepare us for his coming in Mark 13:28-37? In light of Jesus words, how should we respond to those who try to set dates for the second coming? Why do you think God has chosen not to reveal when Christ will return? 

What promises does Jesus give in Mark 13:30-31 and how will this help Christ followers endure in their faith despite persecution? Jesus tells us to live expectantly in light of his coming. How does Paul encourage us along those lines in Titus 2:11-14?  

Assignment: Memorize Mark 13:33 – “Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.”

Read EFCA Statement #9. Talk with your group about how we can live in light of the Lord’s return. “We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.” – EFCA Statement #9

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