It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Confused)

photo-13In the second week of this new series, today’s services were about “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Confused).”  This day was to help all of us who feel like we can’t figure out the details of Christ’s return.

Today, we worshiped to (links send you to iTunes):

I loved hearing you people sing out today!  What a powerful time.  We have such a wonderful set of volunteers who play in the band, sing, and work behind the scenes – I am so thankful for you guys!  You lead in worship whether you are on stage or behind it – thank you!

In Jeff’s message, he explained his personal views on the end times particularly concerning the tribulation and millennium.  He admitted that he doesn’t hold the popular view of the day, but he presented a strong argument for it.  I also appreciate how he differentiated that this interpretation is not a hill to die upon.  Many godly people disagree how all this stuff comes out – the main thing to do is to make sure you are prepared whether or not you are caught up before or after any type of persecution.  I love the point that any doctrine must be able to be preached in every country of the world.

So are you still confused?  Or have you figured it all out?

Do you believe in historical premillenialism, dispensational premillenialism, amillenialism, postmillennialism, or preterism (I feel like I’m back in college again)?

Or are you a panmillenialist?  My professor once said he was a panmillenialist – it’s all going to pan out in the end anyway.

All I know is that in the end, it’s not going to matter that I was a historical premillenialist or Jeff was a amillenialist or most Americans are dispensationlists.  The most important thing is that we belong to Jesus when the end comes.  Do you agree?

Travis Agnew is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, author, blogger, and religion instructor.

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3 Comments

  1. Andrew Pritchett

    I think I'm still a historical premillenialist. I think.

  2. Greg Deal

    While I agree that the overall view on this subject will not matter in the end – the belief in Jesus as your savior is the heart of our beliefs, not determining when he will return – I remain in the dispensational premillennialism court of opinion. But God isn't keeping a scorecard in his Book of Life to see who hold what beliefs about eschatology. I think it is very important that our youth not get so overly concerned with eschatology that it casts doubts on their core Christian beliefs. I think we have to be very careful when placing matters of logic and matters of faith on the same playing field. For those grounded in their spiritual beliefs, dabbles into eschatology will not raise doubts that cause them to fall away from those beliefs. I think it's possible that this could take the focus off the mission for those who are yet to be saved or are new Christians. But, I applaud the series and appreciate the church not shying away from addressing controversial subjects. It's good that Christians can disagree but remain a family because of the central and all-important belief in Christ. The practical importance of today's sermon, along with the ones Jeff mentioned, is that we ALL should go back to God's word and read it for ourselves rather than accepting what our parents, our pastors or what Christian writers relay to us.

    • Great thoughts, Greg. What I experienced last night in C-Groups was pretty incredible. We talked about what we would do if we only had one week until Jesus came back. Then we went out to act like it was.

      I think another important thing is that we don't ease people into thinking we will never have to experiencing any type of persecution as Christians. 2 Tim 3:12 promises it. Even if we are raptured, we should not expect smooth sailing through every trial in this life.

      Most important thing, like you said: get in the Word. Matthew 24 opened our groups' eyes yesterday night. It spells it out from the mouth of Jesus!

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