What should we be doing as the Church right now?
It's a weird question, right? If you're a part of the Church then maybe you're thinking, “Hey, Erica, we're just supposed to keep on being the Church while Jesus builds.” And that would be true, but then let me ask you this: What are we supposed to be doing while we're “being the Church?”
In these last eighteen months we've been thrown a few curve balls in the form of a pandemic, social justice issues, political conflicts and more, but this chaotic environment has clearly exposed something about the Church — at some point previous, we went to sleep! We haven't been awake and walking fully in Truth, wearing our armor or operating in our full power and authority in Christ. Most of us had just been trying to live a “good enough” life, trying to have some sort of an impact for Christ along the journey, but then this “wake up call” of a season happened and we realized we weren't quite sure where we took a wrong turn.
In this podcast episode I'm going to be sharing my theory for how we got lost and fell asleep: We went off the Map (the Word of God) and forgot what we were supposed to be doing as the Church in these end times as the pressure increases and things get increasingly dark and evil. We haven't been focused on the fact that Jesus is coming back (soon), but he's not rescuing us out of here before the really heavy stuff starts to come upon the earth (no, friend, I personally do not see the scriptural support for a pre-tribulation rapture), and we must be about our Father's business as we were commissioned to do in Matthew 28 when Jesus said, “Make disciples.”
So how do we stay “on mission” as the world becomes increasingly scared and chaotic, as evil rises in the earth and it seems as though final breakdown is imminent? That's what we're talking about in this episode of the Positioned to Prosper podcast. So if you're ready to get real about our role as the Church in these end times and what we should be doing as this age continues to unfold, then I want you to grab your Bible, your journal and a pen, and . . . Let's Go!
Scripture References mentioned in this episode:
Matthew 24 & Mark 13 in their entirety —
These chapters record Jesus' words around the end times and how we should be ready and preparing for this crucial time.
Matthew 16:18 —
“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Revelation 2:4-5 —
But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 —
Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Links to Resources Mentioned in This Episode
Join us in August inside the REVIVE Online Campus Community (“the ROCC”) to jump into the conversation about this end times topic. We'll be covering end times prophecy in greater depth and detail in October via our Sunday messages, our Tuesday Night Bible Study and our Thursday Night Discipleship Group — all accessible online. Hop into our community group and we'll see you there as we continue the discussion. www.revivetampa.org/ROCC
Erica co-leads a local church alongside her husband, Doug, in Tampa, Florida called REVIVE Church of Tampa. You can visit the church's website for more information about who we are, what we believe and how we show up as the Church in the heart of West Tampa and beyond.
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About this podcast:
Positioned to Prosper is a weekly podcast that covers the ins and outs of what it means to live a lifestyle of breakthrough and victory in your relationships, health, finances and beyond. Your host, Erica Pyle, is no stranger to jumping without the proverbial parachute while maintaining a firm grip on godly wisdom. A self-described slayer of pragmatism and a “walk by faith” kind of girl, Erica is an unabashed believer in the power of God to radically transform lives. Front-footed in faith as she offers straight-up truth, strategies, and wisdom for living victoriously, and equipped with her love for the word of God, her certification as a holistic health coach, and years of experience in personal finance and taxation, Erica is ready to help you get positioned to prosper.