“Do not look to sin for comfort and relief but focus on the finish line and the comfort you will receive when you cross that.”
In this episode, we are continuing our study on the Doctrine of Christology with Pastor Jeff Cranston and Jen Denton. Today we will be talking about The Return of Jesus Christ. If you missed our previous episodes in this series, please go back and listen to episodes 35 to 39 on Christ's deity, His incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension.
[00:01 - 05:29] Opening Segment
- We talk about why the particular topic of ‘The Return of Jesus Christ’ is a topic on which Christians seem to be very divided.
- Pastor Jeff talks about the different stages of the Christian church on their focus of the second coming of Jesus.
- Pastor Jeff shares some fun facts about the book of Acts.
[05:30 - 11:34] The Return of Jesus Christ
- Pastor Jeff talks about the timing and people’s predictions of when Jesus Christ will return.
- Pastor Jeff talks about how we should respond when we run into teaching about the second coming that may not be biblical.
- If we ignore any teaching of this topic, we fail to keep at the forefront of our thinking that Christ could return at any moment.
- Pastor Jeff talks about the stages of the return of Christ.
[11:35 - 20:19] Being Prepared for The Return of Christ
- Pastor Jeff talks about why the return of Christ should be what matters.
- Be prepared and ready for the return of Christ.
- Keep the focus on living for Him until the second coming.
- Facing the persecution along the journey and finishing it well.
- Pastor Jeff talks about the lack of holiness in the church today.
[20:20 - 26:38] Closing Segment
- Where we stand in history related to the signpost of the return, which is significant, and it’s up to us to pick up the pace.
- Have a sense of anticipation to finish the race.
- Encourage one another with the Gospel concerning the return of Christ.
- Final words from Pastor Jeff and Jen.
“There should be no need for radical changes in the life of the Christians if you are living in a state of readiness and preparation. ” - Pastor Jeff Cranston
“Do not look to sin for comfort and relief but focus on the finish line and the comfort you will receive when you cross that” - Pastor Jeff Cranston
“If we ignore any teaching of this topic, we fail to keep at the forefront of our thinking the imminent return of Christ.” - Pastor Jeff Cranston
Bible Verses and Other Sources Mentioned:
- Acts 1:7
- 1 Thessalonians 4: 16 -18
- Luke 12
- 1 Peter
- 1 Timothy 6:14
- 1 Peter 13
- Matthew 24:14
- Hebrew 10:25
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