When we look around at our world today, most of us cannot help but feel a sense of anxiety. No matter what side of the political spectrum you find yourself on, there is an air of conflict we cannot seem to escape, a burden of dread as we wait for the next shoe to drop. In reality, it need not be so. For those who believe, those who have been washed in the blood of Christ, who have accepted the salvation that He alone provides, no matter where this world is heading, we have another destination all together. That’s what I want to look at over the next few week: Where is the church going?
It goes without saying that this topic is quite controversial, filled oftentimes with confusing notions and partial interpretations and, for many the topic is one that comes with a certain amount of fear and difficulty. As we go forward, I ask that – for the time being – you put those various controversies and concerns aside, and let’s all just focus on the Word of God, and what it has to say.
Lets just trust that – if we get out of His way – the good Lord will show us what He wants us to know.
Jumping right in, sidestepping so many theological avenues, let us just be clear here at the start that the true church of God is not some special building or holy place, but rather is composed of the believers in Christ, those who have embraced salvation, the elect. The church far surpasses anything constructed by the hands of man or the ideas of visionaries. It was made by and for Christ.
And the church awaits Him today, our Lord and Savior.
Right now, in our hearts, we all KNOW we are waiting for the return of our King…
With that, we will be looking at Matthew 25, verses 1 through 13
“1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
“Waiting on the Bridegroom” returns next time…
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