Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Last Days Message

The world started the disposition of being in the last days on the day of Pentecost some 1,900 years ago. We have been under the umbrella of the last days for quit some time now, and we are patiently waiting for the final day of the last days.       ( Last Day of the Last Days.) The Apostle Peter declared this truth in the book of Acts. He referred to the prophecy from the book of Joel and declared this prophecy's starting point.

Acts 2:14 Then Peter stood up with the eleven apostles. In a loud voice he said to them, “Men of Judea and everyone living in Jerusalem! You must understand this, so pay attention to what I say. 15 These men are not drunk as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning. 16 Rather, this is what the prophet Joel spoke about:
17 ‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour my Spirit on everyone.
Your sons and daughters will speak what God has revealed.
Your young men will see visions.
Your old men will dream dreams.

Since we are undeniably in the Last Days, then what is the mission for the believers? What is the message we should be preaching and teaching? What should believers do until the Lord's return? We have heard it several times that we should preach the gospel to all around the world. This part is true but what else is there? What did the Apostles speak about? What was their main focus? What are we doing today that is superficial and what has taken the back seat?

One of my favorite passages is found in Acts 2:42-47. It simply declares what the church was doing after Jesus Ascension.

 Acts 2: 42 The disciples were devoted to the teachings of the apostles, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.43 A feeling of fear came over everyone as many amazing things and miraculous signs happened through the apostles.44 All the believers kept meeting together, and they shared everything with each other. 45 From time to time, they sold their property and other possessions and distributed the money to anyone who needed it. 46 The believers had a single purpose and went to the temple every day. They were joyful and humble as they ate at each other’s homes and shared their food. 47 At the same time, they praised God and had the good will of all the people. Every day the Lord saved people, and they were added to the group.

What were the teachings that all the disciples of Christ were devoted too? Some of the apostles wrote letters to the churches of the time and these letters were used to have a documented account of Jesus' teachings and the teachings of Holy Spirit. The Apostles listened to Holy Spirit to ensure the message was straight from the Lord and not man-made jargon. They had a Last Days message which was consistent across the first century church. Below is a list.

The Last Days Message:

1. The Birth, Life, Death, Resurrection, and Return of Christ
2. The baptism of water and from Holy Spirit
3. The purpose of the church.
4. Helping each other and pouring into each other's lives.
5. Preached against sin and unrighteousness
6. Preached about eternal judgement
7. Preached about the resurrection of the church.
8. Eternity with God.

There are more you can add to this list and break down  into sub-categories. I tried to give an overview of the main doctrines. Regardless, the body of Christ should be about preaching and teaching these doctrines in these last Days. We should understand them in order to articulate the teachings to others.

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