Bethel Baptist Church
Worship Service @ Home
22 October 2023
“We need to be well versed and ready; ready to do what the Lord wants us to do – pray for each other, encourage, love and wash one another’s feet, whilst rejoicing in the Lord always.”
The Return of Jesus Christ
It’s during times like we are living in, that speculation about the imminent return of Jesus escalates. One thing is for sure He is coming again, all the NT writers speak about it, e.g.
So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.Matt. 24:44
See also Mark 14:26; Luke 21:27; John 14:3.
“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”Acts 1:11
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.1 Thess. 4:16
The writer to the Hebrews:
… so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.Hebrews 9:28
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.James 5:8
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare [or, “burned up”].2 Peter 3:10
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see him as He is.1 John 3:2
See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones.Jude 14
Look, He is coming with the clouds and every eye will see Him …Revelation 1:7
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.Revelation 22:20
Quote of the week
“For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side.”
C. H. Spurgeon
Verse of the week
Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.Luke 21:34-36
Lord, it is a sure and certain fact that You are coming again, and coming soon. Help us to be ready. Lord, fill us afresh with Your Spirit, that we may live lives that are pleasing to Yourself. Banish slumber and sleep, and let us be a people who watch, and pray, and do; and may it be all to the praise and glory of Your Name, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ, Amen.