Reading a True Story (Luke 21:25-38)
Gearl Spicer, May 23, 2021
Part of the Look Up, Lean In - Insights Into Vertical Living series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Luke 21:25–38 (Listen)
25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
29 And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
37 And every day he was teaching in the temple, but at night he went out and lodged on the mount called Olivet. 38 And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.
LOOKING UP, LEANING IN—INSIGHTS INTO VERTICAL LIVING
Reading a True Story
What are you focused on?
Ever heard a story that didn't end up being true?
Vertical living demands our focus distinguish between the eternal and earthly issues!
Three keys: Listen attentively
*Looking up assures perspective
*Leaning in helps us discern purpose
*There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves. vs.25
*But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near. vs. 28
*So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize the kingdom of God is near. vs. 31
*But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man. vs.36
I. Look up—Realize the true story-Jesus returns—vs. 25-28
A. Signs of terror
B. Glorious appearance
C. Straighten up and prepare
D. Accept in your heart His perfect plan
II. Lean in—Exercise your responsibilities effectively—vs.29-38
A. Kingdom of God is near
B. Allow the Word to rule your heart
C. Guard your actions
D. Stay attentive and prayerful
Are you living His story?