Sermon map? What about a sermon rewind?
Well, yesterday’s message was as departure in a few notable ways.
First, it was mapped out but never manuscripted.
Second, it drew a distinction between the view of time in Eastern religions — it is endlessly cyclical — and time in Judeo-Christian thought — it had a beginning and is headed towards a culmination.
Third, it didn’t have a bottom line. It actually had three points (though a UMC preacher friend who was in attendance told me it was really a one pointer with two supporting steps to get there!).
Fourth, it was a bit more on the teaching end than the preaching end, as I explained the connections between Jesus’ arrival and his return.
Fifth, it had Good Shepherd’s World Famous End Times Chart, courtesy of James-Michael Smith.
The three points? Check out the map below.
Early Christians tied Advent’s anticipation to Second Coming anticipation The first coming is designed to make us long for the second
TODAY TOTALLY DIFFERENT … a bit more teaching, not just ONE THING.
Total difference not only a ketchup video but philosphy
Which way does time move? (Have slides side by side)
East & West; Hindu & Judeo Christian
People reincarnate and so does TIME … endless loop
Line = Big Bang …. Culminating in BIGGER BANG.
HIS ARRIVAL BRINGS ABUNDANT LIFE (John 10:10)
Pointless to purposeful
HIS REIGN BRINGS LIFE AFTER DEATH ((2 Corinthians 5:6-8)
Never more alive
Disembodied souls …
HIS RETURN BRINGS LIFE AFTER LIFE AFTER DEATH (I Corinthians 15:50-54)
Then / Now Eschatology
People who talk the most about it the least qualified to do so
Sudden dramatic unmistakable
Biggest Bang … Battle of Armageddon really the EXECUTION!
Why the creed says “rez of body” and not “immortality of soul”
THE hope of Xnty …. And no one knows it.
Rev 21:22-25 … NO ELECTRICITY, NO CHURCH