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The End of the World as We Know It

God doesn't want to punish you; he wants to pardon you. So, repent!

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Issues concerning the end of the world have always been fascinating. They are also quite terrifying. The end of the world will usher in a time of divine judgment. We might not like to talk about it, but we must. Perhaps this sermon by Kevin Miller—material that delivers hard-edged truths in a loving, pastoral manner—will give you a few ideas for your own preaching.

Introduction: Two ways to look at the end of the world

There are really only two ways you can look at the end of the world. The first way is popular, and it goes like this: "What 'end of the world?' There's not going to be any 'end of the world.' Who's to say there's some God? Or a purpose? Or guiding hand? Or any real progress to speak of? History isn't going anywhere, except maybe 'round and 'round in a circle. There's not going to be any 'end of the world.'"

The second way you can look at the end of the world is to say, "There sure is going to be an 'end of the world!'" This second view usually comes in different versions. For example, many folks speak of an environmental apocalypse, saying, "Follow the trends on rising temperatures, melting glaciers, disappearing rain forests, and shrinking ozone layers. Pretty soon, half of California will be under seawater, and people will be dying because of UV rays and lack of food." Others ascribe to a "Left Behind" apocalypse, outlined in the popular series of books: bombers on the Syrian border, people disappearing from planes, and one-world government leaders named Nicolae. When placed alongside these many different versions, the historical version of the end of the world is much simpler. I can explain it in three phrases, using 2 Peter 3 as my guide: (1) Jesus is coming again (v. 4); (2) ...

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Kevin Miller is pastor of Church of the Savior in Wheaton, Illinois,

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Introduction

I. People scoff at the idea that there will be an end to the world.

II. We don't like the idea that God will destroy ungodly people.

III. Living lives of repentance