SanLo Community, an update for the week of July 29, 2018…
Thank you to Pastor Rod for the sermon from Matthew 25:31-46, "No Equal Sequels." Many movies have sequels, some are better than the original, others may not be. The question we want to ask today is, What will be the sequel for our lives?
I. JESUS RETURNS
Jesus is coming back and returning to earth. Matt. 25:31, "But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne." Jesus' second coming will not be a secret or quiet. Everyone will see and it will take place during the Tribulation time and the 1,000 year reign of Christ. Jesus will be sitting on His glorious throne, in splendor, brilliance and brightness. We do a lot of waiting in life, we wait in traffic, wait for the next meal, wait for kids to grow up, we wait for many things ... BUT do we wait for Jesus Christ? We are waiting for the God of Glory to come back. Are you preparing for it and getting ready for Him?
II. JESUS REVIEWS
Matt. 25:32, "All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats." People say we are a Christian nation, but we really are not. Everyone who lives in America is not a Christian, everyone who attends church is not a Christian. Judgement will be on individuals, not a nation. Sheeps and goats are very different. They mingle together during the daytime. But they separate at night. Goats prefer huddled warmth, and sheep will listen to the voice of the shepherd and follow him. "He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left." v. 33 Sheep represent believers, people of God, Israel or disciples. The goats in the Old Testament are often referred to in sacrifice. Every year the chief priest would use a sacrificial goat, a picture of Jesus taking on our sin. Faith in Jesus is the only way to get to heaven. Having connections, going to church, listening to sermons don't count. It's only through receiving Jesus that we get to heaven.
III. JESUS REDEEMS
Matt. 25:34, "Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." In v. 31, Jesus is called the "Son of Man," then in vv. 34, 40, it changes to "King" ... Jesus as King. Jesus is the KING and there is an inheritance. Expressions of the Kingdom prepared for you, vv. 35-40, "For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me. Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? The King will answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me." This passage needs clarifying. Good deeds do not get you to heaven. Salvation is not merited by good deeds. Good deeds are the result, not the reason for salvation. v. 40 talks about doing good deeds to fellow believers. Here He's talking about the brothers. How do we treat fellow believers? True disciples love one another and serve one another.
IV. JESUS REJECTS
Matt. 25:41, "Then He will also say to those on His left, Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and His angels; for I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me. Then they themselves also will answer, Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick or in prison, and did not take care of You? Then He will answer them, Truly I say to you, the the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me." Jesus is concerned for how we treat those in the faith and He wants us to show care and compassion for one another. v. 46, "These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." There is a heaven and there is a hell. The description of hell sounds horrendous: everlasting fire, shame, everlasting destruction. Hell is real. Do you want the sequel of eternal life or eternal punishment? Unbelief and refusal to believe will have eternal punishment. Those who believe in Jesus will live with Him forever.
Thank you to Eddie Brock for bringing the Children's Message with such creativity!
Eddie used the same passage from Matthew 25:31-46. Jesus talked about the sheep and the goats. Sheep and goats were separated. Sheep would listen to God and obey Him, but goats would not listen. Jesus asked if someone was hungry, would you feed them? Thirsty? Would you give them a drink? Would you help a stranger, a sick person, or someone in prison? The sheep would, but the goats wouldn't... Children were challenged to be more like the sheep!
We had our Church Annual meeting. We started by praising God and praying together: Praising God for faithful stewardship, faithful leadership and faithful service. Prayer requests were: Finish GROW SANLO campaign and search for new facility, transition of leadership and new staffing, continue to GROW SANLO in the depth and breadth of the gospel.
There were many questions and good discussion ... Thank you to our elders for leading us! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact any of our elders.
Giving God all the praise!