In this sermon, Pastor Neil gives a message of advent– Christ is coming again. Pastor Neil suggest 4 ways in which we should live as we wait for his coming. Here are some excerpts
Since Jesus is coming again, what should we do to be ready for His return? If it could happen at any moment, how should we live so that we are prepared for it? The doctrine of Christ’s return isn’t just “pie in the sky, by and by.” It is immensely practical, with implications for life here and now. How then should we live? Let me very quickly suggest four things.
The first thing to do, if you’ve never done it, is to open the door of your heart to Jesus by faith right now to receive Him as the Savior and Lord of your life. Even today, as it says in Revelation 3:20, Jesus is standing outside the door of your heart, knocking. If you hear His voice speaking to you, open the door and let Him in. Let Him make His home in your heart. You will not regret it. If you have never said “Yes” to Jesus, do it today, while there is opportunity. The Bible says that today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2), and “to all who receive Him, to those who believe in His name, He gives the right to become children of God” (John 1:12) – born anew by the grace and power of Jesus.
The only way to be ready for Jesus when He comes again is to make your heart His home.
Second, to be ready when Jesus comes, take to heart these words from Colossians 3:1-4: “Since you have been raised with Christ [made alive in Him], set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died (to the world), and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears (phaneroo), you also will appear (phaneroo) with Him in glory.”
For most of us, this involves a paradigm shift, a new way of thinking and seeing that results in a new way of living.
You know how easy it is to become so immersed in the concerns, desires, and pursuits of the world that you lose sight of what is eternal. At this time of year, you know how easy it is to get wrapped up in all the “to-dos” of the Christmas season that you are in danger of neglecting or even forgetting the Savior at the center of Christmas.
Set your mind and heart on things above. Keep your eyes on Jesus.
The third thing to do to be ready when Jesus comes is, as Paul writes to Titus, to “say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly live in this present age, while (you) wait for the blessed hope” of Christ’s return (Titus 2:12-13).
In the trenches of our daily battles with sin, evil, and temptation, the promise of Christ’s coming again can give us encouragement to press on. It can spur us on to live “God- filled, God-honoring lives” (MSG). It can inspire us to live like believers and to take seriously the call to be holy, so that we will have no need to be embarrassed or ashamed when Jesus returns.
The fourth thing to do to be ready for Christmas Yet to Come is to work while you wait. To be engaged wholeheartedly in the Father’s business, “eager,” as Paul says in Titus 2:14, “to do what is good.”
Jesus is coming again!! Pastor Neil has a lot more to say about this topic. Please click on the link below to see the sermon in its entirety.