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Expectantly Waiting Message Introduction

Today, we begin a new short message series called “Living in Light of the End.” Last Sunday we completed the series “Understanding the End Times” in which we looked at the events the Bible prophesies will happen at the end of time. Our new message series “Living in the Light of the End” will address how we should live today, here and now, having this understanding of the end times.

Bible prophesy is never intended to just give us theoretical answers to questions we may have. Bible prophesy, in fact all of the Bible, is intended to teach us how to live for Jesus here and now in the way most honoring to God.

Today, my message is entitled “Expectantly Waiting.” What are we waiting for? We should be expectantly waiting for the return of Jesus Christ to this earth. Of this return, Jesus says in …

Matthew 24:36 (NIV)  “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

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Jesus, the Alpha and Omega Message Introduction

Merry Christmas to everyone! I’m glad you’re here at Life Church to celebrate Christmas this Sunday. It’s the Christmas season, we have Christmas lights, Christmas sales, Christmas gifts, Christmas cookies, Christmas vacation, Christmas parties, Christmas cards and the list goes on and on. Christmas is a busy season for most of us. It’s easy to get so caught up in the activities of the season that we don’t take time to reflect on what Christmas is all about. So, that’s what we’re going to do this morning.

When you drive around at night looking at Christmas lights, you see lots of Santas and reindeer. You’ll see Frostie the snowman. But those aren’t what Christmas is all about. Hopefully, you’ll see a Nativity scene with a baby in a manger. Now, we’re getting closer to what Christmas is all about. That baby born 2000 years ago was named Jesus and He is the reason for the season.

So, today, we’re going to take a look at Jesus, perhaps in a way that you’ve never looked at Him before. Because Jesus is so much more than simply that baby in the manger. Today, my message is entitled “Jesus, the Alpha and Omega.” In our title slide, you can see two non-English letters, they are the letters alpha and omega from the Greek alphabet, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Greek is the language that the original documents of the New Testament were written in. Greek was the universal language of the time into which Jesus was born, like English is today.

In the last chapter of the Bible, Jesus says ….

Revelation 22:13 (NIV)  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

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Introduction to The New Heaven and Earth Message

We’re nearing the end of our message series called “Understanding the End Times.” God’s Word tells us that we’re living in the last days. The last days are the time from when Jesus ascended into heaven until He returns again at the second coming. Today, we’re going to look at the far future. We’re going to see what the Bible has to say about what eternity will be like for the believer.

Last Sunday, we learned that at Jesus’ return, believers will receive resurrection bodies that are designed to live forever. Believers who have died will be resurrected and those who are alive at Christ’s return will be changed to have the same resurrection or spiritual bodies.

At the return of Christ, Satan will be bound for 1000 years on this earth. During that time, Jesus Christ and believers in their resurrected bodies will rule and reign during those 1000 years, called the millennium. At the end of the millennium, Satan will be loosed and deceive the nations into a massive rebellion against the rule of Jesus Christ. Christ will crush the rebellion and all rebels and evil forces, including Satan himself will be cast into the lake of fire, which is hell. The present earth and heaven will be destroyed and God will create a new heaven and earth. That’s what we’re going to talk about today.

My message is entitled “The New Heaven and Earth.” The new heavens and earth will be the home of the believer forever. It will be a place in which evil of all kinds has been removed. The new heaven and earth will be a place of perfection and holiness in which God’s glory dwells.

Notice that our eternal home is not just heaven, it is a new heavens and a new earth. The two will merge into the perfect paradise that God has designed for believers to live forever with Him in their resurrected bodies.

2 Peter 3:10, 13 (NIV)  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. … But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

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 The Future of the Believer Message Introduction

We’re nearing the end of our message series called “Understanding the End Times.” Why are we studying the end times? Because the Bible tells us that we are living in the last days. Not only does the Bible tell us that we are living in the last days, but it reveals information and direction to us. God’s Word opens our eyes to understand the incredible spiritual warfare that characterizes the last days.

God wants us to not just perceive physical reality, but also the underlying spiritual reality of our world. Everything that God reveals to us in His Word is important for us to understand. God’s Word gives hope to those living in these last days. God’s Word provides motivation and encouragement to live and work for the Lord in these last days.

Today, our message is entitled “The Future of the Believer.” In this message, we’re going to be learning about the end of the end times. What marks the end of the end times? The return of Jesus Christ to the planet that He created for human beings to live on. When Christ returns, history will transition from what the Bible calls this present age into the age to come. Next Sunday, we’ll talk more about the age to come, as we look at the new heavens and new earth.

In these last days, the powers of the age to come are already breaking into this present evil age through the Holy Spirit. However, we are still living in mortal physical bodies that are not suited for eternal life. Something has to happen to us in order to live forever.

1 Corinthians 15:50-52 (NIV)  I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.  Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed–  in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

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Ferguson and God’s Judgment Message Introduction

We’re in a message series called “Understanding the End Times.” As we go through this series, I trust you’re beginning to understand that as we study the end times, we are learning how to live here and now. Understanding the last days in which we live is essential to following Jesus today. Knowing what is going to happen at the end of this age encourages and guides us as we prioritize our lives for tomorrow.

God’s Word teaches us that those who are wise, live with eternity in mind. Those who are foolish live simply for the present. The times in which we live are unprecedented in the history of the human race.

Daniel 12:4 (NIV)  But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”

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