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Be Watchful! (1 of 7)
Series: The Church's Stance While Awaiting Christ's Return
1 Thess. 5:1-11; Mk. 13; 2 Tim. 3:1-7
INTRO: There are many Christians WAITING for the return of Jesus Christ - but not that many who are WATCHING for the return of Christ! The Bible doesn't teach us to WAIT for His return; we are to WATCH for His return! What then is the difference between WAITING and WATCHING?
ILLUS: A bunch of navy men were returning from a long voyage in the seas, as the boat approached shore the men were all looking for their wives and girlfriends on the shore ... eager to see them again! As the men looked over the crowd of women lined up the air of excitement and expectancy grew. One man however was all alone as all the other men found their wives and girlfriends and they all embraced - his wife wasn't there! Worried, he hurried home and found a light on in his house. As he entered he was relieved to see his wife, she quickly turned and said, ''HONEY, I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU!'' His response showed his disappointment however, ''The other men's wives and girlfriends were WATCHING for them!'' The difference between waiting and watching was only too clear! - Source Unknown
ILLUS: What would you rather have when the enemy might attack, someone on guard-duty who is simply WAITING for the enemy to show up or someone on guard-duty who is WATCHING to see if the enemy has showed up? The difference between ''WAITING'' and ''WATCHING'' here might mean the difference between life and death! - Source Unknown
PROP.SENT: The Bible teaches us that we are to be WATCHING for the return of Jesus, not just WAITING for it. Those who WATCH for it will keep themselves alert and self-controlled; those simply WAITING may slip into sloppy business with other things and let their priorities slip!
I. NEED FOR WATCHFULNESS! 1 Thess. 5:1-3; Mark 13; 2 Tim. 3:1-7
A. Momentum 1 Thess. 5:1-2; 2 Tim. 3:1-7
1. Why do we need to have a WATCHFUL attitude?
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