Revelation

Be Prepared for Christ’s Return

Jesus is coming back for His church, which is comprised of those who are saved. What makes you saved? Does repeating a prayer save you? Peter told those on the day of Pentecost that all men must repent, and be baptized of water, in the name of The Lord Jesus Christ, and of the spirit. Pentecost started the “end times.” Now is the time to prepare for Christ’s return so we don’t have to face the Tribulation.
We are the salt of the earth. Just as salt preserves and protects food, the church is to protect God’s people. Sometimes we put too much focus on the Tribulation when we should focus more on the “end times.”
Revelation 19:11-21
God has it set up so the church won’t have to be involved in this. It should give us an incentive to be saved. No one should hope they survive the tribulation. Embrace the grace and mercy of God that is available now. The church’s responsibility is to bring others into the kingdom of God. Even once you are baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost, you are still responsible for continuing your walk with God until the end.
God is merciful and is giving us an opportunity to get right with Him. There are consequences for not following God. The Lord has already given us warning and instructions for living in His word.
We must take our walk with God seriously. If you confess to be saved, your lifestyle should line up with the word of God. Attitudes, behaviors, and activities should change. (Hebrews 2:3) There has never been so crucial a time as now for us to prepare to go back with God. Don’t let anyone take you out of the safety God provides. (Proverbs 18:10)
2 Peter 3
Peter is reminding them to stir up what God put in them and what they have been taught. You can’t base your walk with God on what other people are doing. Base it on the word of God. Carry yourself in a way that no one can condemn your walk with God.

Elder Shaw: Let’s get back to being ‘real’ for God

Scriptures: Revelation 2: 1-7, Acts 19: 1-11
Elder Shaw describes how the church of Ephesus missed the mark, and left their first love.

Notes:  John the Apostle is the author of Revelation. Even in persecution John was held on the isle of Patmos and while he was there he did not forget his obligation. In Revelation 2, he wrote this letter to the church of Ephesus:

I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love (Revelation 2: 2-4).

Something was missing in the church of Ephesus. They had become so busy with works, programs and fighting heresies that their true love for God had been dismissed. This is a true condition that does not occur overnight, but like a cancer grows until it needs the attention of a surgeon.

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