June 24, 2018
Many thanks to Pastor Dennis Cariker for bringing God's word
to Heartland this morning. Dennis spoke on
Are You Afraid?
2 Peter 3 (NIV)
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends:
With the Lord a day is like a thousand years,
and a thousand years are like a day.
9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise,
as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you,
not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10 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.
11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way,
what kind of people ought you to be?
You ought to live holy and godly lives
12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.
That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire,
and the elements will melt in the heat.
13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward
to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this,
make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation,
just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.
So, why hasn’t God already returned?
1. Extended time is a demonstration of God’s Grace.
2. The return of the Lord will be an unexpected interruption in time.
3. God has promised new heavens and a new earth to those who
look forward to Christ’s return.
4. In the interim we are not left to live lives of anxiety or inactivity.
Luke 2 (NIV)
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”