Friday, July 17, 2009

It's the end of the world as we know it...

Had the honor to hang out with our rock'in youth ministry last night. Pastor Jake, Kim & the entire team are doing an incredible job & had over 100 teens in the house. We welcomed our 100th person to the Kingdom of God last night, which was incredible! Pastor Jake asked me to talk about the end times. The end times is very complex so I shared just a few points. It's good to remind ourselves that Jesus did say that He would return so that we are busy doing what He told us to do & ready for Him. Here are the notes from what I shared...

“Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, 21 or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.” 2 Peter 1:20-21 (NLT)

Will The World End? Answer: YES
2 I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Savior commanded through your apostles. 3 Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. 4 They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again?...
 8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”
2 Peter 2:2-9

When Will The World End? Answer: NO IDEA
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father... 42"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come... 44So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. Matthew 24:36-44 (NIV)

How Should We Live Our Lives Today? Answer: LIKE IT COULD HAPPEN TODAY!
“The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:7-11 (NIV)

For more information regarding what we believe about the end times, click here!