by Johnny Hunt

A Potentially Bright Future
Johnny Hunt
Acts 3:19-26
October 3, 2004

INTRODUCTION: For many years following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, people would ask one another, "Where were you when Kennedy was killed?" Now another date and event has replaced all others in the modern era as the subject of the "Where were you?" discussions: September 11, 2001. More than any other event in one day, the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. have redefined life for most people. And many people have come to fear that definition.

The only silver lining in this dark cloud of tragedy is that people are asking questions for which only the Bible has answers: What is our world coming to? Why do people do such things? What can we do to keep terror at bay? The answer that every Christian has discovered and every non-Christian need to know is this: The world cannot be changed, but people can be. When someone asks you the POST-9/11 questions, encourage them with the words of a first-century converted terrorist named Paul: The gospel is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16).

The only way the world will be changed is the same way individuals are changed: from the inside out. The same is true of our families. Individuals must be changed one at a time.

The promises before us in the text today, really seem too good to be true.

Psalm 126:1, When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream.

The Apostle Peter shares about an exciting future for those who will choose to respond properly to the commands of Christ. It is a passage that carries incredibly good news, but at the same time a hair-raising warning.

W. A. Criswell tells the story of how in September of 1900, a killer hurricane bore down on Galveston Island in Texas. One old bridge connected the island to the mainland, serving as the only evacuation route for thousands. Even without modern-day detection systems, the coming hurrica ...

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