Several years ago I taught youth and we discussed the coming of the Lord and what the Bible says about being ready, here is my outline.
- ARE YOU READY?
A. Have you been saved? Salvation- Deliverance, rescued, to be made whole. Jesus is the ONLY way!
Romans 10:9-11 & 13; Acts 4:10 & 12
B. Have you turned from sin? Sin – transgression, offense, breaking of moral principle, especially through a willful act.
Romans 6:12-13; Eph. 4:22-24 Even our conversations are supposed to change when we become a Christian, we are a new person. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new. John 8:11 Jesus told the woman to “Go and sin no more” John 5:14 Jesus tells the man, “Go and sin no more unless worse things come upon you. Salvation is NOT a license to sin.
C. Do you witness? Witness – To bear record; give testimony
Matthew 10:32-33; 1 John 4:15 We are to believe it in our hearts not just confess it with our mouth.
Confession – Acknowledge, profess, declare
Mark 8:38; Matt 10:32 Are you ashamed to tell others about Jesus?
2. ARE YOU WATCHING? Watching – To keep awake, be vigilant
A. Jesus is coming in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, don’t get tired of waiting and go back to the world.
Luke 12:37-40 Blessed – Happy (Because you’ll leave this world & live forever with Jesus. No more worry or pain.
Hour – Time, Season, day, instant
Watch – To keep awake & watch (not just to stay awake but to watch for something intended) Watch for Jesus like you know He’s coming because He is! Mark 13:33-37; Luke 21:36
3. ARE YOU PRAYING?
A. Pray – Supplication, worship, to beg, beseech, petition, to make a request
Matt. 26:41, Mark 14:38, Luke 21:36 Jesus wanted them to pray with Him, they couldn’t even pray with the Son of God. Pray you don’t enter into temptation. Why? You won’t be watching so you won’t be ready.
B. Pray for Others – How can we be Christ-like if we can’t pray for others, especially our enemies.
4. DO YOU BELIEVE JESUS IS COMING BACK? If you don’t REALLY believe then you won’t be ready because you won’t be watching.