The End (Part 4)
- Pastor Garey Clark
- The anticipation of a (fun) event adds to the fun.
- The worry about a punishment adds to the punishment.
- Be ready for my return.
- Wait eagerly.
How do we maintain an active anticipation?
- Particularly when it seems to take forever?
- Particularly when God appears to have gone silent?
The parable of the 5 foolish and 5 wise bridesmaids.
- All 10 fell asleep.
- The 5 wise ones had a backup plan.
- The 5 foolish ones were left out.
- “Believe me, I don’t know you.”
Are we “once saved, always saved” or “conditionally saved”?
- “Keep watch”
- Pay strict attention to.
- So that we don’t fall into trouble.
Take notice of what’s happening around us…
- Mid-life crisis.
- Divorce after 30 year marriage
Cloak of respectability
- Say the right things
- Do the right things
- A social veneer
What causes people to fall asleep in their faith?
- Failure to deal with the disappointments of unanswered prayer.
- We fail to address the pain in our souls.
- Our inadequacies, our failures, our abuse, our rejections.
- We don’t trust others to help us to deal with our struggles.
- We don’t trust others to fix us, but we want others to listen to us.
- So, because we aren’t connecting with others in a meaningful life giving way, we drift off.
- We stop experiencing God’s redemptive grace.
- Our ability to connect with God is proportional to our ability to connect to others.
In a year’s time
- If you are keeping watching of the issues which are affecting your heart;
- And if you deal with those through staying connected (and not withdrawing);
- Then you will see more of God’s redemptive grace in your life.