What to Say to the Grieving

1 Thessalonians 4:13–18

Death does not get the final word for believers. In this lab, John Piper explains that, when someone enters into glory, our tears are bitter and sweet, full of sorrow and hope — loss and celebration.

Some questions to ask as you read and study 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18:

  1. Has anyone said something unhelpful to you when you grieved? What did they say?
  2. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18. What is the difference between our grief and the grief of someone who does not have Christ?
  3. Think of someone who is grieving. Take a few minutes to write them a note as you meditate on 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18.

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Principle for Bible Reading


This is one of the richest relationships in the Bible. A ground gives support or a reason for another statement. One way to think of it is that it is the ground upon which another statement is built. The supporting (or grounding) statement comes after the statement it supports. When you come to a grounding statement in the Bible, ask what came before it that it supports.

Key Words

Conjunctions, or connecting words, are very important in the Bible because they tell us how two statements are related to each other. In this case, a grounding relationship is usually connected with for, because, or since.

For example: “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” How do we know that Jesus loves us? For (or because) the Bible tells me so.