“Understanding the Times” Part V

1 Chronicles 12:32

understand – have insight into what is taking place in our world today

                 -then take action

We must understand that it is time for the second coming of Jesus Christ.  One of the signs of the Lord’s return is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit…  Acts 2:17-21

The Sons of issachar knew what Israel should do.  With everything going on in the world today, the church should know what to do.  The church should due embracing the Word of God

Desire the Word of God – 1 Peter 2:2

newborns – refers to all born again believers

desire – means to crave and long for lie a baby desires milk

milk – just refers to nourishment

pure – free from any contamination of any kind/anything harmful

grow – self feeding

What should the church be doing today in the culture we find ourselves in?

(1) PREACH THE FULL COUNSEL OF GOD – Acts 20:27 & 1 Samuel 8:10

-preach all of the Word of God on every subject/say every Word that is in the Bible…

-use a Jesus tone – Col 4:6

            a. the Bible is absolute truth – John 8:31-32

-do not  give in to relativism

-do not go by what you or others think

            b. the Bible is written by God – 2 Tim 3:16 & 2 Peter 1:20-21

-all of the words in the Bible have come direct to us from God and written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit

*Since the Bible is truth and written by God:

           1. the Word of God never returns void or empty – Isaiah 55:11

-it always accomplished what it sets out to do

-we can’t always see what it is doing

           2. The Word of God stands forever – Isaiah 40:8

-it cannot be stopped…eliminated….eradicated

-it is like a hammer – Jere 23:29 – it smashes sin. stubbornness. hardness of heart…

                   c. the Bible is a message of redemption – 1 Peter 1:18-20

-nothing new under the sun

-it is the gospel – 1 Cor 15:1-5

-this is what Paul preached – Gal 1:6-10

-we do not need a new message, but just a new touch from Jesus Christ

***A new message being spread today says:  God loves you with no call to repentance…

-God does love us and accepts us the way we are

-God’s love changes us

-God loving us can never be an excuse to continue in sin and live a lifestyle of sin

Why follow and read the Bible – 

Because the Bible answers the key questions in life


-why is there evil

-is there life after death

Because the Bible sets standards of Moral certainty – 

-Eph 5:21-30

-Jere 1:1-10