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The Word Study

Hebrew words

Verb: To judge, govern, uphold justice
Noun: Judgment and justice
The Day of the Lord

Greek words

Last day
Day of the Lord
To pass judgment
Judgment seat or bench
Exclude or separate


J.I. Packer said: Run from Him now, and you will meet Him as Judge then — and without hope. Seek Him now, and you will find Him, and you will then discover that you are looking forward to that future meeting with joy, knowing that there is now ‘no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus’ ().”

The Discussion

1. Like it or not

2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

Guess some of the excuses:

Adam concerning the fruit
Eve concerning the fruit
Aaron concerning the calf
Saul concerning "Then what is all the bleating of sheep and goats and the lowing of cattle I hear?"
David concerning Bathsheba
Sapphira concerning the money the held back deceptively
Israelites who missed out on the promised land
Peter’s denial
The cowardly 10 spies
The soldiers who beat Jesus

Does God’s judgment concern or comfort you?

2. Righteous Judgement

John 7:24 ESV
24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”
Did you judge today?
Based on the weather report, did you decide what you would wear?
Did you judge to have donuts or a workout?
Did you judge someone dangerous today (profiling)?
Have you watched a movie trailer before judging to see or not?
Political correctness is leading us to not make judgments — true or false?
Is this helpful or not?
Is it okay for me to still judge 2+2=7 as incorrect?
Judge: Is PC senseless, silly, stubborn or dangerous?
Read again and explain the solution to PC silliness.
However, is snappy judgments, merely on appearances, hurtful or helpful?

3. Lets talk,

2 Peter 3:8–13 ESV
8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. 11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Share with the class what you get from this scripture.
Hebrews 9:27 ESV
27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,
Is this real? Will it happen?
Then how much of your conversation should it dominate?
Romans 14:10–12 ESV
10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” 12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
In light of our impeding judgment, should and should not consume our thoughts?
Have you ever seen your words hurt another?
How much better would our world me if, instead, we encouraged each other?
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