In view of Jesus' Second Coming

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  • Illustrate with a threat to burst a balloon. If you hear me warn you, it is still sudden but if you are looking the other way and not listening you will really jump.
  • Illustrate with Bruce Wilkinson’s idea of living in the dot but for the line – A Life God Rewards p. 28 This life is a mere dot in the march of time. The afterlife is a very long line by comparison.
  • John 3:18 accounting for belief Matt. 12:36 – accounting for every careless word Matt. 25:35,36 accounting for deeds of charity or lack of them Matt. 25:14ff – parable of talents – accountable for gifts given to us to use. Whether you believe in these things or not – they are still going to happen! What matters is whether you are prepared.
  • Francis Schaeffer famous Christian book title “How Shall We Then Live?” Charles Colson – contemporary title “How Shall We Now Live” It is a proper question - what difference does it make in our daily lives?
  • Look at galaxy of words in 2 Peter – holy, godly, spotless, blameless, at peace See the repeated warning to be diligent about our faith. Accountability is one thing that produces diligence.
  • Discharge all the duties – Gk. NT:4135 <START GREEK>plhrofore/w<END GREEK> means to Fulfill completely – to finish the task
  • “ Endure hardship” comes from 2 Tim 4:5 In 2 Time 2:3 “ Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” Paul mentions that part of the good example he had given his readers was his perseverance in trouble. Need to expect some hardship.
  • Jesus says “Watch” also in Mark 13:37 Ill. - Watching for someone’s arrival – someone you have been waiting for and for whose coming you have spent some energy in preparation.
  • In view of Jesus' Second Coming

    1. 1. In View of Jesus’ Appearing Scriptures: 2 Tim. 4:1-8 2 Peter 3:10-14
    2. 2. Facts about His appearing <ul><li>Jesus is coming back! Acts 1:11 </li></ul><ul><li>If you are not looking for it, it will surprise you! 2 Peter 3:10 </li></ul><ul><li>No one knows the time! Matt 24:36 </li></ul><ul><li>The spiritually alert don’t know the time but will not be so shocked. 1 Thess. 5: 2-4 </li></ul>
    3. 3. Facts about His appearing <ul><li>The prospect of eternity puts this life in perspective! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Live in view of Jesus’ appearing. 2 Tim. 4:1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>His appearing should help you decide how to live. 2 Peter 3:11 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The eternal outweighs the temporary. 2 Cor. 4:17,18 </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Facts about His appearing <ul><li>When Jesus returns you will be totally accountable for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your relationship to Jesus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your personal holiness including your care for others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your use of your gifts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>John 3:18; Matt. 12:36 </li></ul><ul><li>Matt. 25:14,19,21; Heb. 12:14 </li></ul><ul><li>Matt. 25:31-36 </li></ul>
    5. 5. In view of Jesus’ appearing, how must we live?
    6. 6. Make every effort to live holy and blameless lives. <ul><li>Make every effort. 2 Peter 3:11,14 </li></ul><ul><li>Not lazy but diligent. Heb. 6:11,12 </li></ul><ul><li>Be diligent in training for godliness. 1 Tim. 4:7,12,15 </li></ul>
    7. 7. Results of lazy Christianity <ul><li>Low spiritual power </li></ul><ul><li>Vulnerable to fads </li></ul><ul><li>Vulnerable to temptation </li></ul><ul><li>Weakened testimony </li></ul><ul><li>Children get the message that Christian faith is not important </li></ul><ul><li>Unprepared for Jesus’ return </li></ul>
    8. 8. Be diligent in ministry using your gifts. <ul><li>Fulfill completely your ministry. 2 Tim. 4:5 </li></ul><ul><li>Use your gifts faithfully 1 Peter 4:7,10 </li></ul>
    9. 9. Endure hardship by keeping eternity in mind. <ul><li>“ Those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” 1 Peter 4:19 </li></ul>
    10. 10. Watch for Christ’s coming! <ul><li>“ Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.” Mark 13:33-37 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Keep watch” Matt. 24:42 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Be alert and self-controlled.” 1 Thess 5:4-6 </li></ul>
    11. 11. Live today with a View to His Appearing

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