In Matthew 24:12, Jesus makes a very sobering statement about the devastating effect increasing lawlessness can have on someone’s loyalty to Jesus: “Because of the increase of wickedness the love of most will grow cold” (NIV). However, he then adds in verse 13: “But he who endures to the end will be saved” (ESV). What can we as followers of Jesus do to help one another keep our love for the Lord strong and fervent in the midst of increasing lawlessness? In part 2 of this series, we turn our attention first to the power of crowd pressure and the need for followers of Jesus to hold fast to truth and righteousness in the face of it. Then we discuss God’s mandate for His people to faithfully preserve, submit to, hold fast to, and pass on the body of apostolic teaching and tradition that He has entrusted to them. We invite you to join us as we ask God to help us “spur one another to toward love and good deeds” (Heb. 10:24, NIV) in the face of increasing pressure to conform to the ways of the world.
Matthew 28:20; Romans 16:1-4; 1 Corinthians 4:17; 1 Corinthians 11:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:14-15; 2 Timothy 2:1-2; Hebrews 10:24-25