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Ok, so there’s a lot of talk about the rapture, but what does that even mean? What does the Bible really say about this? In this series we’re studying the Bible to learn exactly what it means to be Caught Away!

RAPTURED | THE CATCHING AWAY

PASTOR MONTE YOUNG | 6/5/2016

>> READ SERMON NOTES

(1 Thessalonians 4:17-18, NLT) Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air. Then we will be with the LORD forever. So encourage each other with these words.

THE JOURNEY

What’s the point of living in daily relationship with Jesus?

  • To advance the KINGDOM of JESUS

IS THIS ALL THERE IS?

(1 Corinthians 16:19, NLT) If our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.

  • Follow Jesus – Living in relationship with Jesus advances HIS KINGDOM
  • Find Freedom – Jesus sets me free from everything that CHAINS ME to this life
  • Discover Purpose – My purpose is to discover the HIGHER PURPOSE He’s designed for me
  • Make a Difference – I make a difference when I rescue the lost by SHARING the GOOD NEWS
  • Everything I do in THIS LIFE directly impacts my standing in ETERNITY
  • I live with excellence to attract His PRESENCE, and to attract the LOST to Him

THE CATCHING AWAY

(1 Thessalonians 4:15-18, NLT) We tell you this directly from the LORD: We who are still living when the LORD returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the LORD himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of GOD. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air. Then we will be with the LORD forever. So encourage each other with these words.

  • This is my hope: to be RESCUED from this life
  • I PRAY to be rescued, and I WORSHIP HIM for salvation

FRESH START

(Revelation 20:22, NLT) [Jesus] says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, LORD Jesus!

NEXT Step

Stop looking for SATISFACTION in life, and start looking forward to my RESCUE

THE ADVENT | THE SECOND COMING

PASTOR MONTE YOUNG | 6/12/2016

>> READ SERMON NOTES

(1 Thessalonians 4:17-18, NLT) Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air. Then we will be with the LORD forever. So encourage each other with these words.

GRACE & HOPE

(Titus 2:11-13, NKJV) For the grace of GOD that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great GOD and Savior Jesus Christ…

  • Because of Jesus we are living in GRACE

Grace gives us victory over sin in four ways:

  1. Grace frees us from the PENALTY of sin
  2. Grace frees us from the POWER of sin
  3. Grace frees us to live in RELATIONSHIP with Jesus
  4. Grace empowers us to look for our BLESSED HOPE

WHAT’S NEXT?

GOD turning Israel’s heart back to Himself happens in four primary events: (Revelation 13-18)

  1. THE RISE OF THE ANTICHRIST (Revelation 13 – 15)
  2. THE TIME OF GOD’S WRATH (Daniel 11:36; Revelation 16)
  3. THE WOMAN & THE BEAST (Revelation 17)
  4. THE FALL OF BABYLON (Revelation 18)
  • What next? THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST

(Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-5:4; Revelation 19)

  • The First Advent He came as a BABY
  • The Second Advent He returns as the CONQUERING KING

FRESH START

(Titus 2:11-13, NKJV) For the grace of GOD that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great GOD and Savior Jesus Christ…

  • FOLLOW JESUS Living in relationship with Jesus rescues me from His Judgement
  • FIND FREEDOM – Jesus rescues me from Eternal separation from Him
  • DISCOVER PURPOSE – My purpose is to live rescued, and to rescue the lost
  • MAKE A DIFFERENCE – I make a difference by helping someone else prepare for Eternity

NEXT Step:

Live every day of my life preparing to RETURN with JESUS

GOD’S ETERNITY | HEAVEN

PASTOR MONTE YOUNG | 6/19/2016

>> READ SERMON NOTES

(1 Thessalonians 4:17-18, NLT) Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air. Then we will be with the LORD forever. So encourage each other with these words.

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • THE MILLENNIAL REIGN (Revelation 20:1-6)
  • SATAN IS CRUSHED (Revelation 20:7-10)
  • THE GREAT WHITE THRONE OF JUDGMENT (Revelation 20:11-15)   

GOD’S CITY

What’s next?

HEAVEN comes to earth

(Revelation 21:1-4, NLT) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from GOD out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, GOD’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. GOD himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

  • The greatest thing about Heaven is that GOD will make His HOME with me!

(Revelation 21:5-7, NLT) And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their GOD, and they will be my children.

  • Jesus will make EVERYTHING new
  • Jesus will declare that He has completed His MISSION

How do I receive all His blessings?

Live VICTORIOUS

LIVING FOR HEAVEN, NOW

How do I live victorious?

Live for Heaven NOW

  • Living in relationship with Jesus now prepares me to ENTER HEAVEN

How do I live for Heaven now?

  1. FOLLOW JESUS
  2. FIND FREEDOM
  3. DISCOVER MY PURPOSE
  4. MAKE A DIFFERENCE

How does this apply to my life?

  • I value every SOUL
  • I go after the ONE
  • I desire excellence EXCELLENCE
  • I dig DEEP

FRESH START

(John 14:1-3, NLT) “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in GOD, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.”

NEXT Step

Live everyday like ETERNITY starts TOMORROW

TRIP PREP | RECEIVING SALVATION

PASTOR MONTE YOUNG | 6/26/2016

>> READ SERMON NOTES

(1 Thessalonians 4:17-18, NLT) Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air. Then we will be with the LORD forever. So encourage each other with these words.

WHERE ARE YOU HEADED?

(Philippians 3:13b-14, NKJV) …Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of GOD in Christ Jesus.

  • To make progress I have to have EFFORT
  • To make progress I’ve got to have EFFORT and DIRECTION

LIVING WITHOUT DISTRACTIONS

(Hebrews 12:1-2a, NKJV) Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…

  • Not everything that DISTRACTS is a sin, but that doesn’t mean it’s HELPING me

TRIP PREP

  • If I know where I’m headed, it’s easier to PREPARE for the trip

(Acts 3:19-20, NLT) “Repent of your sins and turn to GOD, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the LORD, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah.”

4 ways to prepare to be Caught Away:

  1. REPENTANCE
  2. WATER BAPTISM
  3. REDEMPTION
  4. EMPOWERMENT

FRESH START

(Revelation 22:17, NLT) The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.

NEXT Step

Follow the PATH that Jesus provided for me to receive ETERNAL LIFE