PATIENCE AS WE AWAIT THE RETURN OF CHRIST
                                                                James 5:7-8 (894)


   Introduction

        A.  As James wrote to the Christian Jews who were scattered outside of Judea, he
              encouraged them to be patient while suffering injustices in view of the return of
              Christ.

        B.  Let us be encouraged to maintain an attitude of patience in view of the return of
              Lord.

    I.  The Coming of the Lord


         A.  will be sudden.  1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 (874); 2 Peter 3:10 (899)


         B.  will be secretive.  Mark 13:32 (745)


         C.  will be rewarding.  Matthew 25:31-34 (726)

   II.  Until Christ returns

         A.  We are to be patient.  James 5:7 (894)


         B.  We are to depend on God.  James 5:7


         C.  We are to work while we wait.  James 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:58 (851)


         D.  We are to remain faithful.  James 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:58


         E.  We are to encourage one another.  James 5:9; Hebrews 10:25 (888)

Conclusion

         A.  It isn’t necessary for us to know when our Lord will return.

         B.  We just need to be prepared.