Matthew 24:4-5 || Jesus warns us that the entire topic of the “End Times” will be one filled with deception (See 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17).
Do Not Be Alarmed
Matthew 24:6, 8 || We are called to NOT be alarmed by His unfolding plan for the end. Instead, He shares His promises with us for our strengthening, encouragement and comfort (see 1 Corinthians 14:3!). The end will come like a woman giving birth: a series of difficult times followed by unspeakable joy!
Stay on Mission
Matthew 24:14 || The most clear description of the end in all of Scripture: the Gospel of the Kingdom goes out to the whole world and THEN then end will come. He has invited us to participate in His plan! Do not be afraid, instead join Jesus on His mission!
Dig Deeper: Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Corinthians chapters 4 & 5, Revelation 1
Romans 5:1-2 || This densely packed sentence deserves time and instruction:
justified = declared perfect (see Romans 4:5 & 2 Corinthians 5:21)
faith = seeing the world on God’s terms (see Hebrews 11:1-3)
peace = complete restoration (see Ephesians 2:11-18 & Philippians 4:4-9)
grace = receiving what we do not deserve (see Romans 4:9-16)
God = Our Father in heaven (see John 1:18 & 1 Timothy 6:13-16)
Lord = Sovereign Majestic Ruler of the universe (see Col. 1:15-20 & Phil. 2:5-11)
Christ = The Messiah (Anointed One) who came to rescue us while we were dead in sin! (See Romans 5:8-11 & 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 & Ephesians 2:1-10)