Prepare to Meet Thy God

TEXTAmos 4:12

INTRODUCTION:

A.      GOD REJECTED BY ISRAEL - GOD DETERMINED TO DESTROY ISRAEL.

B.      WE MUST ALSO MEET GOD IN JUDGMENT.  WE NEED TO PREPARE.

I.      WE MUST ALL MEET GOD.

A.      Hebrews 9:27.

B.      WHAT WILL HAPPEN THEN?

          1.       Jesus will come( Matt. 25:31 ).

          2.       All the dead will be raised( John 5:28-29 ).

          3.       All the nations will be gathered before the Lord( Matt. 25:32;  Acts 17:31 ).

          4.       All will be judge according to his works( 2 Cor. 5:10 ).

          5.       Even our innermost secrets will be judged( Ecc. 12:14;  Heb. 4:12-13 ).

          6.       The standard will be Jesus( Acts 17:30 ) and his teaching( John 12:48 ).

          7.       John's description( Rev. 20:11-15 ).

II.     ARE WE PREPARED?

A.      THE NEED IS SEEN IN THE PARABLE OF THE VIRGINS( Matt. 25:1-13 ).

B.      WHAT MUST WE DO?( Matt. 7:21;  1 John 2:17 ).

          1.       If you are outside the church:

                   a.       Believe on Jesus( John 20:30-31 ).

                   b.       Repent of your sins( Acts 17:30;  Col. 3:5-10 ).

                   c.       Confess Jesus( 1 Tim. 6:12;  Rom. 10:10 ).

                   d.       Be baptized       --in obedience( Mark 16:16 ).

                                                --washing away sin( Acts 22:16;  2:38 ).

                                                --into Christ and the church( Gal. 3:26-27;  1 Cor. 12:13 ).

          2,       If you are in the church:

                   a.       Make Jesus the Lord of your life( 1 Pet. 3:15 ).

                   b.       Study his word( 2 Tim. 2:15 ).

                   c.       Teach somebody else( 2 Tim. 2:2 ).

                   d.       Trust in his promise( Heb. 11:6 ).

                   e.       Ephesians 4:1.

III.    NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE( 2 Cor. 6:2 ).  WHY?

A.      SOME ARE LIKE FELIX AND DRUSILLA( Acts 24:25 ).

B.      TOO MANY HAVE TOO MUCH TO DO FIRST( Luke 9:57-62 ).

C.      TWO REASONS FOR PREPARING NOW:

          1.       Matt. 24:36, 44;  25:13.  We don't know when Jesus will come.

          2.       We don't know when we will die( James 4:13-14 ).

D.      DO WE TAKE IT SERIOUSLY( James 4:17;  Heb. 2:1-3;  2 Cor. 6:1 ).

CONCLUSIONARE YOU READY?