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TITLE: Jesus' Advice
TEXT: Mark 13:14-19
PROPOSITION: Advice from Jesus must be taken seriously.
KEY WORD: Instructions

  1. Jesus offered the apostles some advice in the middle of this discussion.
  2. Follow this advice and you will live.
  3. Ignore it and you will die.

Read the Prophets (14)
  1. God tells us what we need to know
  2. Billboard - “Read my Book. There will be a test. God”
  3. Read and understand the will of God
  4. The Bible will give you knowledge, strength, power, understanding

Don't Go Back (15-16)
  1. Don't return to your house, get your clothes
  2. Don't look back - Lot's wife
  3. Don't go back - to the world
    1. 2 Peter 2:20-22 - end worse than the beginning
    2. Hebrews 6:4 - no point of contact to renew them to repentance
  4. Don't go back - to old religion
  5. Keep looking ahead - to Jesus - Hebrews 12:1-2

Avoid Hindrances (17)
  1. Lay aside every weight that hinders (Hebrews 12:1)
  2. AND Put off THE SIN that besets us
  3. Pessimism
  4. Fear of failure
  5. Procrastination
  6. Laziness

Pray (18)
  1. God is still in control
  2. Even when it looks bad - God can work things out for good
  3. Romans 8:28
  4. We must learn to pray with faith and boldness

Get ready to suffer (19)
  1. We will suffer persecution
  2. Don't seek to avoid - seek to endure faithfully
  3. 2 Timothy 2:10-12

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