Sermon Bites 08/17/08

Discernment Of The Times
Matthew 24:32-51

I. DISCERNING THE LESSON OF THE FIG TREE (vv. 32-34).

+ If you notice in the above verses of Matthew 24 Jesus only refers to the leaves, and no fruit.

+ It could be that Jesus is referring to the realization of a renewed State of Israel.

II. DISCERNING THE POWER, ETERNITY, AND IMMUTABILITY OF GOD’S WORD (v. 35).

+ Verse 35 assures us of the power of the Word of God.

+ It is powerful.

1. It is unchanging.
2. It is inerrant.
3. It is infallible.
4, It is eternal.

III. DISCERNING THE SIGNS OF THE CULTURE AND TIMES (vv. 36-44).

+ Jesus gives us some signs to look for before that great and notable day of the Lord comes.

+ Everyone was going about life without much thought and little to no thought of God.

IV. DISCERNING THE ACTIONS AND ATTITUDES OF OUR OWN LIVES (vv. 45-51).

+ Here are words of direction, and correction, and comfort.

+ It is the heart that has grown cold to the words of the second coming of Christ when the life gets hard, the heart grows cold.

+ Only the unbelieving could turn away from the truth of the return of our Lord, and the setting up of His kingdom on earth.

-Tim A. Blankenship

For more reading on the topic of Discerning the Times you may read the article at Fire and Hammer.


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