Jesus is Coming Again - Are You Ready?

Sermon By: Dick Webster

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Intro: Read I Thessalonians 5

Jesus proclaimed that He was coming back again.. John 14:33, 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. John 14:28, Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. Acts 1:11, Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Jesus said it, I believe it, and that settles it. Jesus said it and that settles it whether I believe it or not!

The devil has lulled us to sleep. II Tim 2:19, "The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity". I Cor 13:6, "Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;"

Christians have been conditioned to accept present situations. Small steps at a time, large steps would be too noticeable. Present TV and lifestyles wouldn’t have been accepted 20 years ago. We have sat back and allowed evil to creep into our world. Allowed 1 woman’s campaign to take prayer out of schools. Sex everywhere (magazines, TV, books, stores). Christians are happy just going to Church - not doing ministry work.

I Thessalonians 5:22 “Obstain from ALL APPEARANCE of evil”. Sins desire is for YOU! It is very tasteful and looks very good/desirable. We are no match for sin so stay at a distance

So with all of this in mind, just who is Jesus coming back in clouds of glory to take home with Him?

Coming For A Pure and Holy Church. Not a particular church or denomination. Denominations are man made, there is no denomination in heaven.

2 Peter 3:14-18, "14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17 Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen."

Knowledgeable people. Study to show yourself approved. How can you help others grow if you don’t know the Word yourself. Righteous people are knowledgeable people or growing in knowledge. Live each day to be more pure and Holy. Closer to God each moment/step of each day. Separated from the world . They will laugh and mock, but a day is coming for judgment. Walk in light and not darkness.

I Thessalonians says to “Pray without ceasing”. He is Coming For A Praying People. Pray without ceasing. Prayer is foundational. Individual prayer, corporate prayer. 1st recourse to everything should be prayer. Both in Praise and in tough situations. Build unity in prayer. Early church baptized in the Holy Spirit while in one accord. They were enabled with power, not just tongues. Pray and fast.

Watch and pray! We Are to be Watching for His coming. He comes as a thief in the night. No one knows when. Do we wake up praying and watching? Go to sleep praying and watching? CAN we pray “Lord come quickly”? Pray "Lord come quickly" and then watch. Does the thought of Him coming scare us? Is everything we do during the day, as the lord would want us to do? Or would we be embarrassed? Can Jesus come and do everything we do?

I want to challenge you tonight to ensure you are ready for His coming. Ensure you are Pure, Whole, Praying, and watching person. Unsaved come forward. If you need to be more prepared or are unsure, come forward. He is waiting for you to accept Him and repent.