Taken from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, this sermon seeks to persuade listeners not to waste a single moment more waiting to follow Christ.
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It's long been known that humans want a god they can control, thereby usurping God's identity.
What has your sin cost the Savior, and do you go on grieving Him?
Are you humble in your pursuits? Do you strive after the things of this world? Or do you seek God, His will, the cross and Christ's good pleasure?
Without a doubt we will have struggles and suffer temptations in this world, and we'll frequently fall prey to Satan's attacks. However, Jesus has prayed and is praying for us, that though we be sifted as wheat as was Peter, God would use that sifting to strengthen our resolve.
Families are imperfect organisms, given that they are comprised of imperfect human beings; so it goes with church families.
God loves you is a fact, but what exactly does it mean that He loves you? Does it mean He would do anything for you to make you happy? Does it mean a qualitative state or quantitative? The fact that He loves means He gave, He sacrificed...for you.
God sent His Holy Spirit to indwell believers, but preachers should take special heed to the direction of the Holy Spirit.
Rather than focusing on what one should be gaining from church experience, attendees should be focusing on practicing what they've learned already.
Each one of us must run our own spiritual race for the prize that is Christ who waits before us.