sermonette: A Time To Scatter
David C. Grabbe
Given 16-Oct-14; Sermon #FT14-14s; 19 minutes
David Grabbe, cuing in on Ecclesiastes 3:1-3, reminds us that God has designed sequential seasons in which various events occur as a part of a long-term plan. God plans the season; we only get to choose whether and how to respond. There is a time to gather and a time to throw away; there is a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing. Our fellowship was once gathered to a level that we had more than 100,000 members, distributing multiple millions of magazines monthly, and blanketing the globe with radio and television. Because of negligence and dereliction of some spiritual duties, God mercifully scattered our fellowship, demanding that we seek a relationship with Him first, before we presumptuously seek unity with our scattered brethren on the basis of compromising with one another. As we all seek unity with God and His commandments, God will grant us unity. At the time of Christ's return, remnants of all seven churches on the mail route in Revelation 2-3 will be extant. Currently, we all yearn to be re-united with our scattered brethren, but until our own personal walk with God is attained, and until we intently seek Him first, unity of the spirit will not happen.
Beloved Dismantling Deuteronomy 30:1-3 disintegration Drawing back Ecclesiastes 3:1-3 Ephesians 4:1-3 Motivation to turn back Peace Relationship with God Revelations 2 Scattering Seasons (for planting and harvesting) Seasons in the church Shulamite Stability Time to embrace Time to gather Time to throw away Time for every person Zechariah 4:1-11