Tomorrow (part 4) Sermon Audio

On Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 25:1-13.  This message was part 4 in the “Tomorrow” sermon series.  Below you will find audio from the message to listen to, download, or share.

 

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Tomorrow #4 1.26.20

 

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Tomorrow (part 4) Sermon Questions

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 25:1-13.  This message was part 4 of the “Tomorrow” sermon series.  Below you will find a series of questions related to this message for personal reflection or group discussion.

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Read Matthew 25:1-13
  3. What does it look like for you to “prepare” for something on your calendar (event, project, etc.)?  What would it look like for you to “prepare” for the second coming of Jesus?
  4. In this story, the young women are divided into two groups: the wise and the foolish.  What separated the wise from the foolish?  What do they have in common?  How are they different?
  5. When the “hour” came, those with oil could not help those without oil.  When we reflect on this principle for our application, we see that the faith of our friends or family cannot help us if we are not personally spiritually prepared when Jesus comes.  In what ways is your faith “your own” and in what ways are you borrowing the faith of your friends or family?
  6. Sadly, many who wait to follow Jesus now because they don’t want to “miss out” on fun today, run the risk of “missing out” on eternity with Jesus.  Eventually (as in the parable) the door of opportunity will close.  How would you advise a friend who wanted to live their own way today instead of following Jesus in light of what you see in this parable?
  7. Being prepared for the coming of Jesus means that we believe in Him and are trusting in Him for the forgiveness of our sins.  Is this something that you have already done?  If not, what is keeping you from trusting Jesus today?
  8. What is one particular application you took away from this passage/message?

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Tomorrow (part 4) Sermon Preview

One of the mottos of the Boy Scouts is to “Be Prepared.”  But what does that mean?  Well . . .

  • If you are a student, it means you study before the test so you can do well.
  • If you are a homeowner, it may mean buying supplies and taping off the edges before beginning to repaint the living room.
  • If you are a sports team, it means practicing offensive plays or defensive sets so you can work together effectively when the game comes around.

Basically, being prepared means that you get ready BEFORE YOU “NEED TO” DELIVER.  We are used to this concept in so many areas of our lives.  However, are we prepared spiritually?  Are we prepared for the second coming of Jesus or for the moment of our death when we will stand face to face before our Creator and give an account for our lives?  How do we prepare for such a day?  What are some questions I could ask myself to prepare me for this moment BEFORE I get there?

This Sunday at Wildwood we will be continuing our series called “Tomorrow: Preparing for the Son to Rise Again.”  This week, we will be in part 4 of this series looking at Matthew 25:1-13 – a parable Jesus told about 10 members of a wedding party . . . some who wisely prepared, and some who foolishly did not for the coming the groom.  There is a lot of very practical and important stuff in this story for us to reflect on today as we prepare for tomorrow.  See you Sunday . . . and bring your friends to either our 9:45 or 11:00 service.

 

Tomorrow (part 3) Sermon Audio

On Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 24:32-51.  This message was part 3 of the “Tomorrow” sermon series.  Below you will find the audio from this message to listen to, download, or share.

 

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Tomorrow #3 1.19.20

 

 

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Tomorrow (part 3) Sermon Questions

On Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Wildwood Community Church in Norman, OK, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 24:32-51.  This message was part 3 in the “Tomorrow” sermon series.  Below you will find questions related to this message for personal reflection or group discussion.

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Read Matthew 24:32-51
  3. How do you react when a meteorologist tells you to be “weather aware?”  Do you see any parallels to how people react/don’t react to being “second coming of Jesus” aware?
  4. When Jesus comes back, judgment will come with Him.  This judgment will take people living in that time by surprise.  Given all the Scripture written about the “end times,” why do you think people will still be taken by surprise at His coming?  Do you see any parallels with the time on the earth in the day’s of Noah?
  5. Jesus does not want us to wait to respond in faith to Him.  What are some reasons why people wait to get serious about their relationship with Jesus?
  6. Jesus also wants us to live for Him while we await His return.  If someone were to do an investigative study on your life right now, who would they determine is your “Lord” or “master”?  What would it look like for your life to be characterized by Jesus as your Lord today?
  7. What is one particular application you took away from this passage/message?

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Tomorrow (part 3) Sermon Preview

In many adventure movies, it is common for characters to find a map leading to “treasure” . . . if only they could decipher how the map was oriented.  There is a mountain they are supposed to go around . . . but which mountain is it?  There is a river they are to cross . . . but how do I know if it is the Canadian or the Caney?  There is a cave they are supposed to descend into . . . but which hole in the ground is it?  This plot device has been utilized in scripts from Indiana Jones to Pirates of the Caribbean to Star Wars, and makes for a very entertaining story.  Eventually, Rey or Indy or Captain Jack find a clue that anchors them to the map and helps unveil which “x” marks the spot.

I was thinking about this today as I was preparing for this Sunday’s continuation of our series on the return of Jesus entitled “Tomorrow:  Preparing for the Son to Rise Again.”  Over the first two Sundays of this series, we have seen Jesus talk about the clock counting down to His second coming and the establishment of the Kingdom (in Matthew 24:1-31).  However, is it possible to orient ourselves today to this “map” en route to tomorrow?  And what does Jesus treasure as our response to the “map” He has delivered?  

This Sunday at Wildwood in our 9:45 and 11:00 services, we will be looking at what Jesus had to say about this in Matthew 24:32-51 in part 3 of our series.  Make plans to join us this weekend, as we prepare today for the coming tomorrow.  See you Sunday!

Tomorrow (part 2) Sermon Audio

On Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 24:15-31.  This message was part 2 of the “Tomorrow” sermon series.  Below you will find the audio from this sermon to listen to, download, or share.

 

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Tomorrow #2 1.12.20

 

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Tomorrow (part 2) Sermon Questions

On Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 24:15-31.  This message was part 2 of the “Tomorrow” sermon series.  Below are a set of questions related to that message for personal reflection or group discussion.

 

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Read Matthew 24:15-31
  3. In what way does knowing Jesus will come back “Tomorrow” give you hope today?
  4. In the last 7 years of human history . . . in the time right before Jesus comes back to the earth . . . the earth will experience the hardest days that it has ever seen.  What are some of the “hardest things” this planet has undergone in your lifetime?  In human history in general?  Knowing the difficulties that have already transpired, what does that tell you about the time that really will be “the end”?  (a time that Jesus calls worse than anything else in human history).
  5. What are some of the false gods that people are tempted to worship today?  How do you manage to keep your focus on the “one true God?”
  6. What are some examples of people in history who have tried to tell others that they are the “savior”?  In what ways is Jesus different from those “false christs”?
  7. When Jesus comes back, no one will “miss it” as many did at His first coming.  However, the response of humanity will vary from “mourning” to being “gathered.”  Have you placed your faith in Christ, so that you might be gathered at His second coming, instead of “mourning” because judgment will soon follow?
  8. What is one particular application you took away from this passage/message?

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Tomorrow (part 2) Sermon Preview

Eleven year old Annie lived at the Municipal Girls’ Orphanage in New York City during the Great Depression.  Forced to do hard labor during the day, and neglected during the night, it was certainly a “hard knock life” for Annie and her fellow orphans.  What kept her going during her struggle?  What allowed her to have any joy in the midst of such hard circumstances?  Well . . . it was hope.  Hope for a better tomorrow.

This is the setup for the 1977 Tony Award winning musical “Annie” that featured a song that articulated the virtue of hope, on which this story hinged.  This song (“Tomorrow”) has become an anthem for many whose “today’s” are less than ideal.  Listen to the words of this classic song:

The sun’ll come out tomorrow

Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow

There’ll be sun!

Just thinkin’ about Tomorrow

Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow

‘Til there’s none!

When I’m stuck with a day that’s grey and lonely

I just stick out my chin and grin and say, “Oh!”

The sun’ll come out Tomorrow

So ya gotta hang on ‘Til tomorrow

Come what may

Tomorrow, tomorrow! I love ya tomorrow!

You’re always a day away!

In this musical, the hopes of the little orphan Annie are ultimately satisfied when a rich billionaire welcome her as his own, paying the price to welcome her to his family – with all the benefits therein.

I was thinking about this musical (and song) today as I prepare for this Sunday’s sermon at Wildwood Community Church.  This week we will have part 2 of the “Tomorrow” series.  This week we will be in Matthew 24:15-31 where we will see the promise of the return of Jesus to this earth one day — great news for those of us struggling in our “today’s”.

In light of His promised return, we have the hope of a truly better TOMORROW . . . at least in the ultimate sense.  Before Jesus returns, He lets us know that this earth will face great difficulty, including rebellion by humanity and outpourings of the wrath of God.  But at the end of this, Jesus will return in a dramatic way and ultimately set all things right.  Far more than pinning our hopes on a billionaire, Jesus points the hope of our TOMORROW on the Son who is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  In light of this, we might be able to sing:

The SON will come back TOMORROW

Bet your bottom dollar that TOMORROW

We’ll see the SON

So ya gotta hang on ’Til TOMORROW come what may!

See you in three “tomorrows” as we talk more about this in our 9:45 and 11:00 services.

Tomorrow (part 1) Sermon Audio

On Sunday, January 5, 2020 at Wildwood Community Church in Norman, OK, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 24:1-14.  This message was part 1 in the “Tomorrow” sermon series.  Below you will find the audio from this message to listen to, download, or share.

 

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Tomorrow #1 1.5.20

 

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