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The Training for the Second Coming (5 of 17)
Series: Sign Posts on the Road to Armageddon
Dr. James O. Davis
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
I want to share on how to be ready for the Rapture, or the training for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Christians, I believe, need to be awakened to the urgency and emergency of the soon coming of Jesus Christ. One verse out of four in the Word of God points to the Second Coming. As a matter of fact, the Word of God had a lot to say concerning the Second Coming. Every chapter in the book of 1 Thessalonians ends with thoughts on the Second Coming.
This is a theme that is interwoven throughout the entire book of 1 Thessalonians. This message is designed to teach us how to be ready. I believe Jesus is getting ready to come back for His Church. He is coming back for His bride, for those who really love Him and are looking forward to seeing Him. The Second Coming is not a theory to be propagated, but a truth to be practiced.
First Thessalonians is an example of how the New Testament believers were preparing for the imminent return of Jesus. Indeed, it has been nearly 2,000 years since this epistle was written. If they believed in His soon coming then, surely that great event is about to happen now. In 1 Thessalonians, there are some principles we need to apply and follow if we are going to be ready when Jesus Christ comes again.
FIRST, WE NEED TO BE SERVING
A) The Practice of Faith--Notice how the Thessalonians were serving and their practice of faith. The Word of God says, "the work of faith." We are not saved by works and faith--that's heresy. But we are saved by faith that works. Paul said show me your faith without your works. James said I will show you my faith by my works. We are saved by faith that works. You and I need to be serving if we're going to be ready when Jesus returns again.
B) The Price of Faith--The Bible says, "labor of love." You see a slave works because he has to. An employe ...
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