Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Sunday Sermon Review - Matthew 24

Sunday May 19, 2013

Our church is going through the book of Matthew and so in our sermon series we come to Matthew 24.
Pastor Ben was our speaker. Here is some of what he said:

People love stories and movies about the end of the world. These doomsday stories grab our attention. We are immensely curious about this topic.
In our passage today, Jesus is not trying to satisfy our curiosity. The purpose is for this discussion is stated in verse 4 - And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
He does not want us to be deceived.

Don't be deceived.
This world is broken. There are wars and rumours of wars. Jesus says the temple will be completely destroyed. The temple was the heart of their religion.

Verse 14 - And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
The gospel must be preached to all nations.

Many will claim to be Christ - Messiah is the anointed One of God, who will deliver us and set up His Kingdom.

What are you looking at to save you? What are you depending on?
- politics? or money? or exercise? or looks? or education? or your job?
Do we expect these things to fix our problems?
Jesus will save the world - He claims to be the Savior!
What this world needs is Jesus! We need Jesus! Our hope is in Jesus!!

God steps downs to rescue us.
He offers us forgiveness.
He empowers us to live a new life.
He will never leave us or forsake us.
He will fill us with the power to live with love.

Jesus will return.
He will put things right.
Justice will be done.

While we wait we invite people to follow Jesus!

The text from Matthew 24: 1-30

And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

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