September 27, 2020
Sermon Title: In Times Like These!!
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2 Timothy 3:1
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Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 3:2-7; John 10:10
Scripture Text: 2 Timothy 3:1
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come."
All you Need is a Word
Summary: Years ago, a woman wrote a song in the most trying time during World War II that became one of the most beloved hymns in the Church. This sermon is meant to bring comfort and peace to our people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are indeed living in "perilous times," much like Paul described them in our text. Perilous means "dangerous, hazardous."
Yes, without question, these are perilous times we live in.
It was for times like these that a precious song was written many years ago. It was written by Ruth Caye Jones and is titled, "In Times Like These."
It was a mainstay of the church for the second part of the 20th century.
I think it's a loss to the church that it's not part of most churches' repertoire anymore.
She wrote the song at the low point of World War II when it seemed that the allies were bogged down in Italy and other countries and the war was going nowhere.
The world economies were at breaking points with rations everywhere.
Here's how it goes: In times like these you need a Savior / In times like these you need an anchor \ Be very sure, be very sure / Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
The chorus goes like this: This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He's the One / This Rock is Jesus, the only One! \ Be very sure, be very sure \ Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
I. "In times like these, you need a Savior"
Why you need the Savior -- Jesus Christ?
First, without Jesus, you are a sinner, guilty before a righteous God.
Second, we all need a Savior because of God's judgment.
Third, we need a savior because the final destination of the lost is hell.
II. In Times Like These, You Need Security
A ship's anchor makes it steady and secure, even when the winds are howling around it and the waves are high and rough.
III. In Times Like These, You Need the Scriptures
The second verse of our song begins, "In times like these, you need the Bible."
We need the Scriptures to understand what's going on in our world and what we should do about it.
IV. In Times Like These, You Need Service.
The second line of the second verse of our song says, "In times like these, O be not idle."
Surely, knowing the state of our world, we should be serving the Lord with all of our hearts, as never before in our lives.
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