Sermon on Matthew 25:31-46 – Pastor Daniel

The End Is In Sight

We are currently in the midst of our sermon series counting down towards Doom Sunday/Christ the King Sunday.

This past Sunday, Pastor Daniel preached on Matthew 25:31-46, focusing on Christ’s second coming, as well as the nature of sheep and goats.

You can listen to his sermon here:

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Sermon Series: The End Is In Sight! (#CountdownToDoom2015)

The End Is In Sight

As we move towards the end of the liturgical year towards Doom/Christ The King Sunday, we will embark on a series of thematic Scripture Readings to guide our hearts and thoughts in preparation.

(Doom Sunday – also known as the Feast of Christ The King – is the last day of the church liturgical year. “Doom” in old English meant “Judgment” or “Destiny”. The whole month focuses on the 2nd Coming of Christ and the Final Judgment.) 

DATE TIME TOPIC READINGS SPEAKER
1 Nov 10 am 3rd Sunday Before

Doom Sunday

OT: Deuteronomy 6:1-9

NT:  Hebrews 9:11-14

Gospel: Mark 12:28-34

Pastor Augustin
8 Nov 10 am 2nd Sunday Before
Doom Sunday
OT: Job 14:1-6

NT: I Thessalonians 4:13-18

Gospel: Matthew 25: 1-13

Rama Ramanathan
15 Nov 10 am Sunday Before
Doom Sunday
OT: Daniel 7: 9 -14

NT: 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11

Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46

Pastor Daniel
22 Nov 10 am Doom Sunday OT: Isaiah 35:3-10

NT: 2 Peter 3: 8-14

Gospel: Matthew  25:14-30

Pastor Augustin

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Sermon: Signs – Leigh

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This morning, Leigh shared a message based on Job 14:1–6, I Thessalonians 4:13–18, and Matthew 24:15–28 as part of the sermon series #CountdownToDoomSunday 2014.

Leigh

The sermon takes a look at Jesus’ proclamation of “Signs of The End and His Coming Again” in the Gospel Reading and has us think about them in three ways:

  1. That these signs can be understood as signs of completion. God is at work in History. We are a part of His Kingdom work – joining Him in what He is already at work doing – seeking the Shalom of our lives, our neighbors and the world.
  2. That these are signs of hope. Paul’s message to the Thessalonian church centers on the Second Coming of Jesus as a Source of Hope. Because Jesus rose from the dead, we can also believe that, when He returns, we would see life again. We do not grieve like people who have no hope.
  3. That’s why, perhaps, the most relevant understanding of Jesus’ signs is to see you and I as signs of Jesus First and Second Coming.

As such, the challenge before us is to live out as Signs of God’s Kingdom – living with the end in mind.

The sermon then ends with a challenge and participation exercise: How do you want to be remembered?

  • Write three things that you want to see in your eulogy.
  • For a fuller exercise, consider writing out your eulogy to be read out by someone at your funeral.

Leigh’s slides are available here:

#CountdownToDoomSunday 2014

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As we move towards the end of the liturgical year towards Doom/Christ The King Sunday, we will embark on a series of thematic Scripture Readings to guide our hearts and thoughts in preparation.

(Doom Sunday – also known as the Feast of Christ The King – is the last day of the church liturgical year. “Doom” in old English meant “Judgment” or “Destiny”. The whole month focuses on the 2nd Coming of Christ and the Final Judgment.) 

DATE TIME EVENT READINGS SPEAKER LEAD WORSHIPPER
2 Nov 10 am 3rd Sunday Before
Doom Sunday
OT: Jeremiah 31:31–34
NT: Romans 13:11–14
Gospel: Matthew 21:1–9
Pastor Augustin Leigh
9 Nov 10 am 2nd Sunday Before
Doom Sunday
OT: Job 14:1–6
NT: I Thessalonians 4:13–18
Gospel: Matthew 24:15–28
Leigh Sia
16 Nov 10 am Sunday Before
Doom Sunday
OT: Daniel 7:9–14
NT: I Thessalonians  5:1–11
Gospel: Matthew 25:31–46
Pastor Augustin Alpha
23 Nov 10 am Doom Sunday OT: Isaiah 35:3–10
NT: II Peter 3:8–14
Gospel: Matthew 25:14–30
Pastor Augustin Leigh

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Ready or not, here He comes! – Rev. Augustin

Today is Doom Sunday, also known as Christ The King Sunday. This is the last day of the year, according to the liturgical calendar, before we begin the year anew with Advent, beginning next Sunday. Doom Sunday is traditionally focused on the Second Coming of Christ and the judgement that awaits.

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This morning, Pastor Augustin preached a very sobering message based on the Scripture Readings today (Isaiah 35:3-102 Peter 3:8-14Matthew 24:31–51; 25:1-13)

In the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins, the wedding guests were waiting for the Bridegroom’s arrival. Unfortunately, he took longer than expected and didn’t show up when they expected him. So, they all grew tired and, as it was late in the night, they all fell asleep.

The thing is, this was all the Bridegroom’s “fault” as it were – he was the one who was really late in coming. So, you couldn’t really fault the wedding guests for being tired and falling asleep while waiting. They were all tired and they all nodded off.

But this is not about that. This is not about who managed to wait up the longest – it was about who was prepared to meet with the Bridegroom when he finally did arrive.

The term “foolishness” or “ignorance” in the Bible regarding sin is seldom an “accidental symptom” bur rather, it more often refers to a choice… an unwillingness. In this case, foolishness was ascribed to unwillingness to be prepared – just as ignorance would be a choice to not want to know.

It wasn’t the fault of the wedding guests to fall asleep. But they were faulted because they chose to be unprepared for his coming.

So how do we then prepare ourselves and be ready for Christ’s coming?

Drawing from the rest of Matthew 25, Rev. Augustin hearkened back to Emily’s message on using our talents last week and also from the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31-46). Rev. Augustin pointed that the difference in the sheep and goats lay primarily in their willingness to be kind and gracious to the least of God’s kingdom, because in so doing, they did it to Christ Himself.

Yet, even so at the end of the day, the Second Coming is good news. In the Isaiah reading today (Isaiah 35:3-10), we hear that He will come and save us!

With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands,
and encourage those who have weak knees.
Say to those with fearful hearts,
“Be strong, and do not fear,
for your God is coming to destroy your enemies.
He is coming to save you.”

And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind
and unplug the ears of the deaf.
The lame will leap like a deer,
and those who cannot speak will sing for joy!
Springs will gush forth in the wilderness,
and streams will water the wasteland.
The parched ground will become a pool,
and springs of water will satisfy the thirsty land.
Marsh grass and reeds and rushes will flourish
where desert jackals once lived.

So, are we ready?

Let us all keep watch and be prepared, because we know neither the day nor the hour.

Are We Ready? (#CountdownToDoomSunday)

As we move towards the end of the liturgical year towards Doom/Christ The King Sunday, we will embark on a series of thematic Scripture Readings to guide our hearts and thoughts in preparation.

(“Doom” in old English meant “Judgement” or “Destiny”. The whole month focuses on the 2nd Coming of Christ and the Final Judgement)

25 November – Doom Sunday
“Are we ready?”

  • Isaiah 35:3-10
  • 2 Peter 3:8-14
  • Matthew 24:31–51; 25:1-13