Summary: What does it mean to be a Christian in 2004. See what is going on in the world today that points to the return of Jesus Christ for His Bride.
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Christianity In 2004
By-Evangelist Gary Huckaby
Our Text verses for This Sermon are;
Exodus 12:1-2; And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
Heavenly Father, bless the message today. Help us to take our stand for the things of God. Save the lost, and revive your children. In Christ Name. Amen!
Listen please to the words of a great song we often sing.
Stand Up Stand Up For Jesus
Stand up, stand up for Jesus! Ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner, It must not suffer loss;
From vict’ry unto vict’ry His army shall He lead,
Till ev’ry foe is vanquished, For Christ is Lord indeed.
Stand up!-stand up for Jesus! The solemn watchword hear;
If while ye sleep He suffers, Away with shame and fear;
Where’er ye meet with evil, Within you or without,
Charge for the God of battles, And put the foe to rout.
Stand up, stand up for Jesus! The trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict In this His glorious day;
Ye that are men now serve Him Against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, And strength to strength oppose.
Stand up, stand up for Jesus! Stand in His strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you, Ye dare not trust your own;
Put on the gospel armor, And watching unto prayer,
Where duty calls, or danger, Be never wanting there.
Stand up, stand up for Jesus! The strife will not be long;
The day the noise of battle, The next the victor’s song;
To him that overcometh A crown of life shall be;
He with the King of Glory Shall reign eternally.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are living in the last days according to Scripture. This is the time that all of God’s children should stand up for the things of God. We who are the salt of the earth must be useful in flavoring, or we are good for nothing, but to be cast out and troden under the foot of men. So what shall it be with us who are Christians living in the year 2004. What are we to expect in the months ahead? Are we going to just passively sit back while all manner of godlessness continues to take controll of the battle?
I don’t know about you, but I have decided to do something to promote godliness in my generation. I have chosen to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all who will listen. I want to give my all and my best to serve the Lord in 2004. No matter what happens, no matter what attacks of Satan may come, I want to stand up for Jesus Christ my Lord.
(1) Living In The Last Days
I find in Scripture eight references to the two words "Last Days" Ge49:1, Isa2:2, Mic4:1, Ac2:17, 2Ti3:1, Heb1:2, Jas5:3, and 2Pe3:3.
The verse I have chosen to use here is from, 2Timothy 3:1; This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
Notice please that our verse tells us that "in the last days perilous times shall come". The word perilous in this verse is from the Greek word "chalepos" which is the idea of reducing the strength; difficult, i.e. dangerous, or (by implication) furious:--fierce, perilous.
Since 9/11/01, we in America have been under the threat of terrorism. Our government has posted a terror alert system to warn Americans of the suspected danger of terrorist attacks upon us. During the short time that this system has been in effect, the danger aleart has changed several times. Although we have not seen any such disastes as we did on 9/11, we are still warned that terrorist attacks are threateniong us each and every day.
Other countries have experianced terror attacks though, countries such as Israel, Iraq, Sudan, Pakistan, Turkey, among many other countries. On April 3 2004 Voice of America News reports: "The FBI is warning U.S. law enforcement agencies of an alleged plot to bomb buses and railways in major U.S. cities later this year. In a bulletin sent out late Thursday, the bureau said terrorists could try to hide explosives in luggage such as backpacks and duffel bags. The bulletin cites uncorroborated evidence that the bombs could be made of diesel fuel and ammonium nitrate fertilizer, similar to what was used to blow up a U.S. government building in Oklahoma City nine years ago. The bulletin says al-Qaida and other groups have the intent and capability to carry out such attacks, and takes note of the train bombings in Madrid last month that killed some 200 people. This is just one of the warnings we have received concerning perilous times today.