Friendship Crusade – Sunday 30th May 2010
(1 Thesalonians 4:14-18) 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
The Bible teaches the church about the return of Jesus….Am I prepared for the coming of Jesus? Many people want to serve God but are going about it the wrong way. Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The new church is exposed to a lot of persecution, a zealous people but they questioned a lot of things concerning the doctrines preached.
Q1) Now that we are saved what will happen to our loved ones who have died and didn’t get a chance to hear about Jesus? You have a chance to be saved, those who die in Christ shall rise again. Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Q2) What do we do with all these folks of different backgrounds who are coming into the church? If Jesus was a Jew shouldn’t Jews alone be allowed into the church? Race crept into the church. The Gospel is for all men. Jesus is for everyone, let whosoever will come, the poor, the uneducated. Jesus isn’t concerned about your status quo he is concerned with what is in your heart.
Q3) When people die, can we still communicate with them? The Bible recounts the death of 2 men, a rich and a beggar. The rich man went to hell and the beggar went into the bosom of Abraham. Luke 16 23-31And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that [would come] from thence. 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father‘s house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
The scripture tells us that hell is real. Know there is a Heaven to gain and a hell to shun…It also shows that there is no communication with the dead. If dead family begins to communicate with you know that it is a demonic spirit which has taken the form of the dead to resemble that person..
Q4) The return of Christ – Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. There was a cult which was started in the US, they were telling people that Jesus was coming on a certain day and time. People began to sell everything, quit their jobs…but when the day passed and they realized it was a lie, men killed themselves as they had lost everything.
We live in perilous times where false doctrines are being preached….the violent taking away of the church is described in Thessalonians…We must not sit idly by….we must prepare ourselves. ..
Are we ready, Jesus is on his way…
Believers and unbelievers need to be prepared…Get your heart right!!
1) Jesus is coming back for his church, his bride, his people who are blood washed and whose name is written in the Lambs’ Book of Life. We need to name the name of Jesus, I thank God I serve a God who prepares. When we leave this earth we will not be wandering aimlessly but will we walk on golden streets.…John 14 1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father‘s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.
2) Judgement is coming. Kingdoms will rise and kingdoms will fall, great men will rise and great men will fall…God will come to judge the rich, the poor, no man shall escape his judgement, but the church which Jesus has taken up will be saved…The church is referred to as “the hinderer of lawlessness” When the church is removed lawlessness will abound. The period when the church is removed is described as Jacob’s trouble…men will run to rocks for help but “too late, too late” will be their cry” When you look around and see how bad things are, the earthquakes, the economy…things will get worse…..”Repent and be baptized, make your crooked path straight”
3) The Anti-Christ will be revealed – The mark of the beast (666) has already been put in place. In these times when these things happen men’s hearts will fail them for fear. It’s not too long again.
Jesus is on his way, this event is right at the doorstep of the world. The world is getting ready to self destruct, Believers have a Blessed Hope, look up from where cometh your help. How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation as Jesus Christ? Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
We were born in sin and shapen in iniquity but we don’t have to die in sin….The promise of eternal life comes by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour..
All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. The wages of sin (missing the mark, falling short) is death. Sin creates a separation between man and God. God is saying Repent and remove the sin. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the light if you abide in me and I in you, ask and it shall be given unto you”
If you go to the grave sides of all the mighty men and if their bones could cry out they would say “we are still here”. If you go to the tomb of Jesus and the angels met you there they would say “why seek the living among the dead?”
Would you be ready when Jesus comes? Time is running out, don’t get left behind