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Sermon Notes

 

December 1, 2013 : Be Ready

 

Dr.  Burnie R.  Burnside

 

Matthew 24:36-44

 

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

 

In this story, Jesus gathered the crowds around Him, and announced to them that they should always be prepared for the coming of the Son of Man. He spoke of the ways we should be prepared for His second coming.

 

 

We must live in a state of preparation and readiness for the second Advent (coming) of Christ.

 

 

People's choices determine their eternal destiny, and those who are prepared will live eternally with God.

 

Being prepared means that we must be watchful by seeking to give honor and glory to God in all areas and aspects of our lives.

 

Being prepared means living every day following in the footsteps of Christ.

 

 

Being prepared means making sure our heart and life is right with God.

 

Being prepared means living every day in commitment to Christ.

 

Not being caught by surprise means we follow the Holy Spirit’s leading, read the Word, and pray—keeping our hearts in tune with God.

 

 

Being prepared means we must share the good news of salvation with others.

 

 

Jesus did not share the message about His second coming with people to make them paranoid or to make them spend all their time and effort trying to predict when He would return. The message is that if we live every day in relationship with Christ, we will be prepared.

 

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