The Revelation Of Jesus Christ
The Two Martyrs
November 17, 2019 • November 17, 2019 • Pastor Chad Thompson
Bottom line: Every person will give glory to God either at a distance separated from God by fear or through love as he or she comes near. The two witnesses (martyrs) of chapter 11 will have a team preaching ministry that powerfully demonstrates and communicates God's power and promise of the coming kingdom.
Bitter Judgment! Sweet Hope!
November 10, 2019 • November 10, 2019 • Pastor Chad Thompson
Bottom line: Jesus is setting all things right which means He is judging all things wrong. Chapter 10 is within a parenthesis between the 6th and 7th trumpet judgments. It is written to encourage the readers that the final judgments are coming and coming soon. The mighty angel takes an oath and swears that "there shall be delay no longer." There will come an appointed time when God will delay His judgment no longer, but until then He does delay. He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come unto repentance. (cf. 2 Pet. 3:9) While we live the delay may we faithfully share the sweet hope there is in for all who accept and receive Christ as Savior and the bitter judgment that is coming for all those who reject and refuse Christ as Savior.
Come Up Here!
November 3, 2019 • November 3, 2019 • Pastor Chad Thompson
Bottom line: One day believers in Christ will rise in the rapture; but until that day, let us rise to the rapture's challenge. The rapture is going to happen. We have the Lord's word on it. We cannot be dogmatic on the timing of it, but we can rest assured that Jesus is coming again. In light of the fact that Jesus is coming again, we are challenged to be faithful to God and our church, to be loving to one another and others, to preach God's Word and share the gospel, to comfort the bereaved, and to focus on eternal things.
October 27, 2019 • October 27, 2019 • Pastor Chad Thompson
Bottom line: God's question to us: Is it Me or him? The question that faces every lost person: Is it ME or him? God or someone else? Christ or a false Christ? A Savior or no savior? The question that faces every believer in the moment of temptation: Is it Me or him? God or the enemy? God brings us to a point of decision. Choose God. Choose Christ.
The Tribulation - Part 2
October 20, 2019 • October 20, 2019 • Pastor Chad Thompson
Bottom line: Tribulation proves the profession or rejection of faith in Christ. The Tribulation will be the worst time in human history and the worst time in Israel's history. It will be a time of judgment poured out on an unbelieving world, a time of refinement for the nation of Israel, and a time to of disestablishment for Satan's reign as god of this world. God will pour out His judgment through a series of plagues known as the Seal, Trumpet,and Bowl judgments, each series intensifying in severity. In light of the coming judgments of tribulation, how can we respond today? We can preach the gospel to the ends of the world. We can pray for God's rule in heaven to abide on this earth. We can praise the Lamb of God for His salvation. We can prove our profession of faith in Christ as we trust Jesus no matter the hardships and difficulties to come.
The Tribulation - Part 1
October 13, 2019 • October 13, 2019 • Pastor Chad Thompson
Bottom line: The 7-year darkness of the Tribulation will begin with the revealing of the Antichrist and end with the brightness of Christ's coming. The tribulation will be the worst time in the history of this world. It will last for 7 years, however, it will not begin until the man of sin, the lawless one, the Antichrist is revealed by signing a covenant of peace of and protection with the nation of Israel. And that won't happen until the restraining ministry of the Holy Spirit is removed first. The 7 year period will conclude with the literal return of Jesus. He will fight the Battle of Armageddon and in so doing will defeat the Antichrist and destroy his empire (military, political, religious, etc.).
October 6, 2019 • October 6, 2019 • Pastor Chad Thompson
Bottom line: Satan's best in the flesh is a Beast. God's Son in the flesh is a Savior. Revelation 13 gives us insight into two members of the unholy trinity, the Antichrist and the False Prophet. In Revelation 13 we see the rise of the Beast to power, the wonder of the world in following him, and the warning to make a decision now with regards to choosing Christ or the spirit of antichrist.
This Is War!
September 29, 2019 • September 29, 2019 • Pastor Chad Thompson
Bottom line: We experience the victory of Jesus in life or death when we choose to TRUST the blood of the Lamb and live TRUE to that testimony. There is an ongoing war between God and Satan both in heaven and on earth. We are caught in the midst of that war. Satan wars against God to get Him to turn against us. Satan wars against us to get us to turn against God. We can overcome the battles that come our way by the blood of the Lamb and living true to our testimony as we value the cause of Christ greater than the comforts of this life.
September 22, 2019 • September 22, 2019 • Pastor Chad Thompson
Bottom line: God is worthy of our worship because He is Creator and Redeemer. Revelation 4 and 5 are central to the Book. Everything points to the Father and Son. Heaven is mission control. Heaven is a place of authority, rule, and sovereignty. But, heaven is also a place of worship. Chapter 4 shows us the Creator being worshiped. Chapter 5 shows us the Redeemer being worshiped. As believers, we should see ourselves in this heavenly scene. Let it instruct us, inform us, and inspire us in our worship of the Creator and Redeemer today.
September 15, 2019 • September 15, 2019 • Pastor Chad Thompson
Bottom line: The fire for Jesus in my heart is stirred when I appropriately respond to the knocking and voice of Jesus I've heard. A middle of the road Christianity, a halfway Christianity, sickens Jesus. Jesus said He would spit the lukewarm out of His mouth. This isn't about the reality of a relationship with Jesus; it is about the quality of our fellowship with Jesus. He is sickened by poor quality. We need to tend to the fire in our hearts for Jesus. It is a terrible picture to see Jesus standing on the front porch of our lives knocking to come in. But if you hear Him knocking, then invite in Him. Let the fire and passion you have for Him be stirred up.
God Opens A Door
September 8, 2019 • September 8, 2019 • Pastor Chad Thompson
Bottom line: God opens doors to me because God wants something for me. God opens the door of Salvation and Security, which is Jesus. God also opens doors of opportunity to us within the church not because He wants something from us, but because He wants something for us. Every opportunity brings a blessing and/or an added benefit to our lives.
Sept 1, 2019 • September 1, 2019 • Pastor Chad Thompson
Bottom line: If we want to RISE Up, we must Listen Up! Jesus exhorts the church in Sardis to rise up. They had a reputation for being alive (awake, moving, grooving, getting with it, etc.), but they were actually dead (sleepy, lethargic, etc.). Reputation does not necessarily match reality. We must wise up to who we really are in Christ both individually and corporately. The church in Sardis needed to listen up and rise up.
Strong & Soft
August 25, 2019 • August 25, 2019 • Pastor Chad Thompson
Bottom line: Compromise with and toleration of the intolerable is not tolerated by Jesus. Jesus commended the churches of Pergamos and Thyatira for being strong in several things: truth, faith, love, service, etc. However, He issued a big time complaint for being soft on error. Jesus hates error in doctrine and practice. If we find ourselves being soft on error then we need to repent. And certainly we must refuse to compromise with and tolerate idolatry in our lives and church. We must shore up the fundamentals of the faith and hold fast without wavering.
Faithful Unto Death
August 18, 2018 • August 18, 2019 • Pastor Chad Thompson
Bottom line: "Be faithful" is the command of Jesus. Being faithful is the commitment to Jesus. Because of faithfulness is the crown from Jesus. Am I prepared to suffer for Christ? Is there a point beyond which faithfulness to Jesus Christ is no longer required if it causes suffering in my life? The command of Jesus to the church at Smyrna is the answer for us - Be thou faithful unto death.
Bring Back That Lovin' Feelin'
August 11, 2019 • August 11, 2019 • Pastor Chad Thompson
Bottom line: The proximity of our light shining upon Jesus is determined by our love for Jesus. We have to be willing to make an honest assessment of our love for Christ. Can we remember a time when our love and passion were greater? If so, then we must repent and return to our first love. We'll know we have repented when we do the first works. Our great first work is the sharing of the soul saving gospel of Jesus Christ.