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WHAT’S HAPPENED TO CHRISTIANITY? WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ABSOLUTE TRUTH?

30 Dec

THE URGENCY OF EMERGENCY!!

I. IMMEDIATELY THEY FOLLOWED JESUS – Matt. 4:18-22.
A. We Must Be Eager To Follow Jesus.
1. When the controversy swirls (hard, controversial topics) – Jude 3.
2. When family objects – Matt. 10:37.
3. When hardships occur – Matt. 10:38.
4. Will we stand or limp? – 1 Kgs. 18:21.
B. We Must Be Assured That We Are Not Following Man, But The Son Of God – Lk. 5:5-8.
1. He has demonstrated His power – Jno. 20:30-31.
2. His word establishes truth – Lk. 5:5.
C. Eliminate Excuses For Not Following Jesus – Lk. 14:15-24.
1. Though invited, excuses offered show lack of proper value being placed upon the host & the occasion.
2. Excuses of necessity, valid concerns & arrogance are still offered which reject Christ & His blessings!
3. Excuses do not excuse failing to come to Jesus – 14:24 (Jas.4:17).
4. Why not now?! – Acts 16:30-34

II. SOME WILL IMMEDIATELY RECEIVE THE WORD & THEN IMMEDIATELY STUMBLE – Mk. 4:16-17.
-(We all know of such occurrences & they distress us!)
A. Why Does This Happen?
1. Mk. 4:16-17 – No root in themselves.
a. Faith does not grow & strengthen.
b. Endure as long as faith is not tested.
c. When test of faith comes — stumble.
2. What is the remedy?
B. Diligently Pursue Spiritual Growth – Heb. 6:1-3.
1. Build a mature faith – Col. 2:6-7.
2. Hear & obey word – Jas. 1:23-25.
3. 2 Pet. 1:5-10 – Diligent spiritual growth is an urgent need in order to prevent stumbling! (What is gained, escaped, uncertainty of life.)

III. IMMEDIATELY SATAN COMES – Mk. 4:15 (1 Pet. 5:8; 2 Cor. 2:11).
A. His Objective: Keep The Word Of God From Us – v. 15.
1. He knows its power – Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:18
2. He blinds minds to it – 2 Cor. 4:3-4.
B. Satan Never Rests – Job 1:6-7.
C. We Must Diligently (Immediately) Resist Him – Jas. 4:7-10.
1. Prov. 4:23 – Guard it with vigilance.
2. Prov. 3:7 – Fear God & depart from evil. (Matt. 10:28)

Conclusion
1. Acts 22:16 – “And now, why do you delay?” (NASV); “And now why are you waiting?” (NKJV)
2. In view of what is gained (heaven), what is escaped (hell) & the uncertainty of life “Why Not Now?!”

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