1 Peter 4:7-11
The doctrine of end times may be one of the most controversial topics around. It has caused more heartache and confusion than possibly any other subject in the Christian life. For example, in the 1800s, some time between the War of 1812 and the Civil War, a popular preacher appeared in America named William Miller saying that the end was coming. As a result, his followers quit their jobs and sold their belongings. They stopped getting married and going to school. They gave everything they had to prepare for the Day of Judgment, and when it came and went, they were devastated. Miller said it would arrive on October 22, 1843, and when it didn’t, they were crushed. One of his followers said that he laid in a field for two days and wept over the betrayal.
The most tragic thing about this is that end times should be a comfort for the Christian, not a source of contention. It should give us hope and encouragement, not despair and frustration. In the words of 1 Peter 4:7, “The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.” In other words, the end should encourage you to pray. It should encourage you to stay sound and sober in spirit.
Do you ever find it difficult to pray in the midst of a cruel world? Join us this Sunday morning as we find out how to do that in the Book of First Peter. Do you struggle with being sober and level-headed while everything around you goes mad? Join us as we talk about that too. You can be encouraged as you think about the end. You can find comfort and hope as you look into the future. The Bible tells you how. We will look into it this Sunday morning at 9:15 at 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack. Hope to see you there! – Jeremy Cagle