Mennonite Church of the Servant

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "Mennonite Church of the Servant"

Transcription

1 Sermon Notes 4:13-18 Pat Cameron; July 31, 2011 What happens to us after we die? Is this life all we have, or is there a kind of existence we can hope for after our earthly life is over? Humankind has raised questions about life after death for thousands of years, from the time that the first people walked on earth, to the present day. Many answers and solutions to these questions have also arisen throughout the centuries. The Israelites shared the widespread belief among many other cultures in the Ancient Near East that humans continue to live after their earthly deaths. They assumed that the earth was a flat plate, and underneath that plate was a land where the dead continued to live, referred in the Old Testament as Sheol, or the Pit. Living in this underworld had, at first, no relationship to whether or not one had lived a virtuous or an evil life on earth. Sheol was not Hell. It was where all humans, good or bad, continued to live after they were dead and buried on earth. Life in Sheol was assumed to be similar to life on earth. The Israelites shared with their Ancient Near East neighbors the common practice of burying with the dead food and other material goods that would be useful in the next life. However, archeological evidence suggests that the Israelites, unlike many of their ANE neighbors, did not observe regular post-funeral ceremonies to assure ongoing food and other necessities to the residents of the underworld. What was buried with the dead was just what they needed to survive on their downward journey. The Israelites must have assumed that Sheol also had food, water, and shelter just like on earth. Biblical literature that originated during and after the Babylonian Exile challenged these positive and popular views about Sheol. Sheol is described as a dark and gloomy place where people have no physical strength or mental capacities. The author of Eccelesiastes writes that the dead.have no more reward, and even the memory of them is lost. Laws were written in Leviticus and Deuteronomy that lash out against the practice of communicating with the dead to obtain blessings and to predict the future. Including these prohibitions in the Torah s suggests that these pratices were commonplace among the Israelites, as well as among many other cultures in the ANE. Not only were these practices condemned as illegal; they were also challenged because they didn t work. In the book of Psalms, and in Job and Ecclesiastes, at the time of death, all communication, both with those still living on earth, and with God, comes to an end. 1

2 In the third century B.C., Alexander the Great conquered the territory that included Judea; and the Greeks ruled for the next two centuries. During this period and beyond, Hellenstic, or Greek culture became highly influential in all aspects of life. Jewish views of the afterlife changed significantly when exposed to the Greek understanding of the immorality of the soul. In contrast to the mortality of the body, the human soul lives on. The author of the Song of Solomon, writing under the influence of the Greek perspective of the soul writes, the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever tough them. In the sight of the foolish they seemed to have died, and their departure was thought to be a disaster and their going from us to be their destruction; but they are at peace. For though in the sight of others they were punished, their hope is full of immorality. During the time of Greek rulers and on into the period of the Roman occupation, the Jews held two primary perspectives about the immorality of the soul. The first was that after death, the soul becomes separated from the body. Upon the death of the body, the soul faced judgment, and then went to eternal reward or eternal punishment. The second perspective was that, at the end of time, the soul would be rejoined to the body in a general resurrection of the dead. The book of Daniel reflects this perspective: And many who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. At the end of time, all souls would be rejoined to their bodies to face judgment, and God would determine whether they deserved reward or punishment. Some believed that the dead who were righteous would join together to share in the blessings of the reign of the Messiah, who would rule with righteousness. These two perspectives the immediate judgment of the soul, apart from the body, and the judgment of the resurrected, embodied soul at the end of the present age,--were competing viewpoints that influenced the teaching of the rabbis who were called upon to explain to their people what happens after death. Jesus death and resurrection provided an opportunity for the early Christian community to synthesize these two perspectives. In Paul s thinking, though death released the entrapped soul, this mortal body will also be raised, as was Christ s. In Romans Ch. 8, Paul says, if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies. Paul writes to the church at Thessalonica, But we do not want you to be uninformed about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. Why were the Thessalonians grieving? Some of the members of the community had died. Why were they uninformed about what would happen to them? Could it be that Paul, Silas and Timothy, all of whom had recently been in personal contact with the Christian community in Thessalonica, had overlooked teaching the church about what happens to church members who die? It can be argued that because Paul and his compatriots believed that Christ was coming very soon, they saw no need to address the matter of the death of church members. Before anyone dies, they may have reasoned, Christ will return. On the other hand, it may 2

3 be that the instruction about death was taught but needed to be reinforced in the church s time of grief. That you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. Is Paul minimizing the church s grieving process? In Paul s way of thinking, the Christian community is characterized by those who have hope; those outside of the community do not process this hope. Even in the midst of their grief, the Christian community is, by definition, a people of hope. So Paul isn t saying don t grieve, but that when they grieve, they should not lose hope.. This hope is based on the community s belief that Jesus was resurrected from death. For since we believe Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. It is noteworthy that here Paul uses the human term, Jesus rather than his more typical reference to Christ or Christ Jesus. Perhaps this is Paul s way of making Christ seem more personal, more accessible to a grieving people. Just as the Thessalonian church cannot forget the members of its community who have died, God, through raising Jesus, does not forget the dead. When Jesus returns to claim his own, the deceased believers will be included in his company. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left with the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. What is this Word of the Lord which we declare (the we being Timonty, and Silas)? The Word of the Lord could be what Jesus himself taught about his return. Even though the gospels had not yet been written, collections of Jesus words and deed were circulating among the Christian community, and some of the words may have been about what would happen when Jesus came back. But this interpretation of the Word of the Lord is tenuous, as some teachings attributed to Jesus were heavily influenced by what the early Christian community wanted or expected him to say. Or, the Word of the Lord: might refer to a direct communication to Paul from the risen Christ. It may be that the verses that follow represent a summation of this word of the Lord : we who are alive, who are left with the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. The word translated precede can be interrupted as importance, or it can refer to the order in which a set of actions occurs. So either, we who are alive are no more important than those who have died: or we who are alive will not go before those who have died. The first interpretation reinforces Paul s previous contention that deceased believers play a crucial role in Christ s return, equally important to those who are still living. The second interpretation seems to imply that those who are alive will not meet Jesus before those who are dead. The latter interpretation seems to be Paul s intent; for in the next verse, Paul says clearly that the dead in Christ will rise first. For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel s call and with the sound of God s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. The imagery here brings to mind the arrival of an important political official whose coming is loudly announced by shouting and trumpet blows. 3

4 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will be with the Lord forever. The dead will rise up first, followed by the living, to meet Christ in the clouds. Paul does not say where Christ and these airborne Christians are heading. In an article entitled The Interim Earthly Messianic Kingdom, Seth Turner mentions three possibilities: 1) Jesus takes the Christians with him into heaven; 2) Jesus and the Christians stay suspended in mid-air, or 3) Christ continu[es] his downward journey to earth to establish the messianic age in which God through Christ will rule. Turner favors the latter possibility. He says, The creation will be restored to its paradise state, thus becoming a fitting place for redeemed humanity to dwell. This view is consistent with the prevailing assumption that the Messiah will return to establish God s reign on earth. This view also, according to Turner, explains why the Thessalonians are grieving. The Thessalonians, Turner says, would be worried that only those alive at Christ s return would share in an interim, earthly messianic kingdom with him, whilst dead Christians would not be raised until the end of that kingdom, missing out on its blessings.paul would then be reassuring the Thessalonians that those alive would not precede the dead.both alike would share in the temporary terrestrial kingdom of Christ. Turner goes on to clarify that though establishes Paul s belief in the earthly reign of Christ, it does not state that this reign is only temporary. But in Paul s discussion on similar matters in 1 Corinthians 15, Turner argues, Paul makes it clear that Christ s earthly kingdom is only temporary: in the interim between Christ s return to earth and when Christ takes his followers into God s heavenly realm. What happens to us after we die? Paul has a particular perspective on this question, influenced by prevailing cultural assumptions of the times in which he lived, but significantly shaped by his personal encounter with the risen Christ. As contemporary Christians, living two millennia after Paul, are we expected that what happens after death will happen exactly as Paul describes it? For example, what about idea that the dead will rise and dwell among the living in a messianic age? This image sounds like it could have come right out of this current zombie craze: and Zombies. But we need to remember that Paul s language is metaphorical. The images Paul uses are the best way he knew how to communicate the power of Christ over the living and the dead. We are not to take these metaphors literally; but we are to take them seriously. A serious approach to Paul s teaching is to learn that God cares for us when we grieve over the deaths of loved ones; that believers who have died are just as important to God as 4

5 believers who are living; that Christ reigns over both the living and the dead. And, finally, that whatever lies on the other side of this earthly life, Christ is our hope in this life and the next. 5

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 6-15-14 Stanly Community Church

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 6-15-14 Stanly Community Church A Christian serves the Lord in anticipation of His glorious return. Indeed, Christ has promised His followers that He will again appear, establish His kingdom, and reward the faithful. Physical death in

More information

Lesson. Jesus Christ

Lesson. Jesus Christ Lesson 5 Jesus Christ Yes, of course I believe in Jesus Christ, said my new friend. He was a great prophet, a man sent from God who gave us many teachings that we should follow. That s wonderful, I replied,

More information

Session 2 Abraham: the man who was promised the world

Session 2 Abraham: the man who was promised the world Session 2 Abraham: the man who was promised the world Abraham was chosen by God to be the father of his special people Israel. He took him from the luxury of ancient Ur to become a nomad in Canaan. He

More information

Truth For These Times

Truth For These Times Truth For These Times 10 IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH? Death is a cruel reaper, and most people have felt the sadness it brings There are many differing ideas concerning the state of death, ranging from an

More information

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:14

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:14 What Happens When We Die? To answer this question, it is best that we start with a foundation of properly defined terms. To do this we must have a biblical understanding. The Jesus of the Bible is not

More information

Foundations for Faith Building Blocks

Foundations for Faith Building Blocks #1 Who is God? God is personal, eternal Spirit, Creator of the universe, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and our Father. Lord, through all the generations you have been our home! Before the mountains were

More information

Lesson 14, LIFE ONLY IN CHRIST LIFE ONLY IN CHRIST

Lesson 14, LIFE ONLY IN CHRIST LIFE ONLY IN CHRIST Lesson 14, LIFE ONLY IN CHRIST 1 LIFE ONLY IN CHRIST In our recent studies, particularly in relation to the second coming of Christ and the millennium, and last time in connection with the origin and end

More information

VERSE-A-THON TRACKING SHEET

VERSE-A-THON TRACKING SHEET Reference NKJV Section Book Page John 3:16 1 John 4:14 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life The Father

More information

SECOND READING please choose one

SECOND READING please choose one B-1 A reading from the: SECOND READING please choose one Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 5:5-11 Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy

More information

GOD S PROMISE TO ABRAHAM (THE KINGDOM OF GOD)

GOD S PROMISE TO ABRAHAM (THE KINGDOM OF GOD) Taken from http://www.geocities.com/athens/olympus/5257/promise.htm GOD S PROMISE TO ABRAHAM (THE KINGDOM OF GOD) By Juan Baixeras The purpose of this study is to clarify what the kingdom of God is based

More information

The Lord s Second Coming Amillennial View

The Lord s Second Coming Amillennial View INTRODUCTION In this particular section we are going to discuss six basic points about Jesus second coming. It is important that we fix each of these basic points in our minds, so that when we proceed

More information

Name Date. Our Catholic Faith: Living What We Believe Directed Reading Worksheet Chapter 5 Communion of Saints, Forgiveness of Sins, Eternal Life

Name Date. Our Catholic Faith: Living What We Believe Directed Reading Worksheet Chapter 5 Communion of Saints, Forgiveness of Sins, Eternal Life Our Catholic Faith: Living What We Believe Directed Reading Worksheet Chapter 5 Communion of Saints, Forgiveness of Sins, Eternal Life Directions: As you read through the chapter, fill in the information

More information

WE WERE CREATED FOR GOD

WE WERE CREATED FOR GOD Most people live their entire lives without ever knowing "WHY?" The most basic question a person can ask is, "What is the meaning life? The ancient truth of scripture speaks clearly today: WE WERE CREATED

More information

SEE YOU LATER! Wandering, Burning or Asleep

SEE YOU LATER! Wandering, Burning or Asleep How do I relate to death? I have experienced the pain of death How you might relate to death: You have lost someone You might be afraid You don t know specifically what is going to happen Thanatophobia:

More information

A Service of Thanksgiving

A Service of Thanksgiving A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Nora Collette Richards 20th June 1956-13th August 2013 THE GATHERING As Collette s body is brought into the Church, some suitable music is played I am the resurrection

More information

yet died at the appointed time for the ungodly. Indeed, only with difficulty

yet died at the appointed time for the ungodly. Indeed, only with difficulty Second Reading Romans 5:5-11 E1 A Reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans Brothers and Sisters: Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Hope

More information

Tribulation Central. When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed 2 Thessalonians 1:1-8. With A Shout!

Tribulation Central. When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed 2 Thessalonians 1:1-8. With A Shout! Tribulation Central When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed 2 Thessalonians 1:1-8 With A Shout! http://tribulationcentral.com/pdf/shout.pdf In this part of our study, the following pre-tribulational claims

More information

SECOND READING CARDS El-15

SECOND READING CARDS El-15 SECOND READING CARDS El-15 E {Lection ary, 1014:1-15) E1 Romans 5:5-11 Since we are now justified by his Blood, we will be saved through him from the wrath. E2 Romans 5:17-21 Where sin increased, grace

More information

Listening for the Trumpet # 12 I Thessalonians 4: 13-18

Listening for the Trumpet # 12 I Thessalonians 4: 13-18 Listening for the Trumpet # 12 I Thessalonians 4: 13-18 Tonight we have come to the most recognized passage in I Thessalonians, and one of the most familiar passages in all of Scripture. It is a passage

More information

The Second Coming of Christ Pt. 1 Biblical Reasons for His Return Ken Birks, Pastor/Teacher

The Second Coming of Christ Pt. 1 Biblical Reasons for His Return Ken Birks, Pastor/Teacher I. Introductory Remarks. The Second Coming of Christ Pt. 1 Biblical Reasons for His Return The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is the hope of the church. This is the event that we as Christians

More information

1836 date set by Johann Bengel, a German Lutheran millennialist

1836 date set by Johann Bengel, a German Lutheran millennialist 1 Bible Study for The Millennium What Does the Bible Teach? Chapter 1: The Millennium Is It Christian? 1. The word millennium comes from two Latin words that mean one thousand and year. The quotation at

More information

Reading II From the New Testament choose one

Reading II From the New Testament choose one E-1. Since we are now justified by his Blood, we will be saved through him from the wrath. Romans 5:5-11 Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the

More information

Devotion NT267 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: The Second Coming. THEME: Jesus is coming again. SCRIPTURE: Matthew 24:27-31

Devotion NT267 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: The Second Coming. THEME: Jesus is coming again. SCRIPTURE: Matthew 24:27-31 Devotion NT267 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: The Second Coming THEME: Jesus is coming again. SCRIPTURE: Matthew 24:27-31 Dear Parents Welcome to Bible Time for Kids. Bible Time for

More information

Pastoral Introduction. The Funeral Service. The Gathering. Structure. The Collect. The Funeral Service. Readings and Sermon.

Pastoral Introduction. The Funeral Service. The Gathering. Structure. The Collect. The Funeral Service. Readings and Sermon. The Funeral Service Pastoral Introduction This may be read silently by those present before the service begins. God s love and power extend over all creation. Every life, including our own, is precious

More information

Evangelical Covenant Church Discipleship/Confirmation

Evangelical Covenant Church Discipleship/Confirmation Evangelical Covenant Church Discipleship/Confirmation #1 What do we believe about the Bible? We believe that the Holy Scriptures, Old and New Testaments, are the word of God and the only perfect rule for

More information

The Rapture. Questions & Answers

The Rapture. Questions & Answers The Rapture The doctrine of the end times advanced in many contemporary Christian circles teaches that just before a supposed future seven-year Tribulation period, the church will be raptured, or caught

More information

WHAT TEACHING DO WE FIND IN PAUL S LETTERS ABOUT LIFE AFTER DEATH AND THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST?

WHAT TEACHING DO WE FIND IN PAUL S LETTERS ABOUT LIFE AFTER DEATH AND THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST? WHAT TEACHING DO WE FIND IN PAUL S LETTERS ABOUT LIFE AFTER DEATH AND THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST? Name: E Philip Davis Module: 1002 Tutor: David Mugford Date: 31/12/03 1 Introduction 2 The letters of

More information

Will God Tell Me What to Do Next?

Will God Tell Me What to Do Next? Lesson 2 Will God Tell Me What to Do Next?... I m not sure of His design for me. No doubt you have already accepted Christ as your Savior. And by now you have found that God does indeed have a design for

More information

"Where was Jesus for the three days between His death and resurrection?"

Where was Jesus for the three days between His death and resurrection? "Where was Jesus for the three days between His death and resurrection?" The Bible does not specifically state what happened to Jesus immediately after He died on the cross. Because of this, there is debate

More information

WEEK OF April 5, 2015 (Easter) 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

WEEK OF April 5, 2015 (Easter) 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 Proof WEEK OF April 5, 2015 (Easter) 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 Leader, as a rule, answering the questions in engage it should take no more than 10 minutes and are designed to generate conversation around

More information

Free Bible Version First Thessalonians

Free Bible Version First Thessalonians Free Bible Version First Thessalonians 1 1 This letter comes from Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians who belong to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May you have grace

More information

Gospel Qualified! Colossians 1: The text for this sermon, the theme of which is, Gospel Qualified!, is

Gospel Qualified! Colossians 1: The text for this sermon, the theme of which is, Gospel Qualified!, is Proper 6 (June 12-18) C Gospel Qualified! Colossians 1:11-14 The text for this sermon, the theme of which is, Gospel Qualified!, is Colossians 1:11-14 May you be strengthened with all power, according

More information

Easy Reading Edition OCTOBER What God Has Done SABBATH OCTOBER 8

Easy Reading Edition OCTOBER What God Has Done SABBATH OCTOBER 8 3 Easy Reading Edition OCTOBER 8-14 What God Has Done READ FOR THIS WEEK S STUDY: 1 Corinthians 2:7; Romans 8:15, 16; Ephesians 1:3-14; 1 Peter 1:20; Revelation 13:8. MEMORY VERSE: We have been set free

More information

Righteousness, Self-Control, and the Judgment. Acts 24:24-26

Righteousness, Self-Control, and the Judgment. Acts 24:24-26 Righteousness, Self-Control, and the Judgment Acts 24:24-26 Acts 24:24-26 And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith

More information

PERSONAL BIBLE STUDY

PERSONAL BIBLE STUDY YOUR NAME: YOUR ADDRESS: PERSONAL BIBLE STUDY ' (find out for yourself what the Bible teaches) (In answering these questions, please use a King James Bible if possible) 1) THE BIBLE 1. Does the Bible claim

More information

Cast all your troubles on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your troubles on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 How Does God Care for Me? I lift up my eyes to the hills-- where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip-- he who watches over

More information

If We Only Knew. If we only knew what really happens when we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we would never be afraid again! (see 2 Timothy 1:7)

If We Only Knew. If we only knew what really happens when we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we would never be afraid again! (see 2 Timothy 1:7) If We Only Knew In all this glorious universe, human beings are God s greatest creation because they are the only things created in His own image and likeness. Human beings are the only ones He calls His

More information

1 Thessalonians Core Group Study Guide By the Chi Alpha Staff at UVa. Contents

1 Thessalonians Core Group Study Guide By the Chi Alpha Staff at UVa. Contents 1 Thessalonians Core Group Study Guide By the Chi Alpha Staff at UVa This is an seven-week bible study on 1 Thessalonians. Our goal is to walk our student leaders through this book during the course of

More information

Children of the Resurrection

Children of the Resurrection Children of the Resurrection In the pamphlet Two Ways to Live, the section about the resurrection often troubles Christians. The wording is "God raised Jesus to life again. Jesus has conquered death, now

More information

The Afterlife - Lesson Two - 7/10/16

The Afterlife - Lesson Two - 7/10/16 I. Promise of Reward - Topics A. Forgiveness of Sins, Justification, Salvation B. The gift of the Holy Spirit C. Sonship D. Fellowship with God E. The Second Coming of Christ F. Resurrection from the dead

More information

_ Amen. Our help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and

_ Amen. Our help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and Funeral Service I *The ceremonies or tributes of social or fraternal societies have no place within the service. Baptized Christians should be buried from the Church. We begin in the name of the Father

More information

Section # 5: THERE IS STILL HOPE

Section # 5: THERE IS STILL HOPE 14 Section # 5: THERE IS STILL HOPE Discussion Guide Read to the Group: Adam and Eve made themselves a covering of fig leaves in order to make themselves presentable to, but refused to accept that clothing.

More information

Jesus Humiliation and Exaltation

Jesus Humiliation and Exaltation Review Jesus Christ is the second person of the Triune God. He is fully God and fully human. He was our substitute in living under the Law, that his holiness might be counted as ours. He was our substitute

More information

Green Jewel 4:4. Rank Section 1. Rank Section 2. Rank Section 3. 2 Corinthians 12:9 9 And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you,

Green Jewel 4:4. Rank Section 1. Rank Section 2. Rank Section 3. 2 Corinthians 12:9 9 And He has said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, Sky Stormer 3 Book Rank Section 1 John 3:16 16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only bego en Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. Rank Section 2 1 John

More information

International Bible Lessons Commentary Hebrews 7:1-3 & 18-28

International Bible Lessons Commentary Hebrews 7:1-3 & 18-28 International Bible Lessons Commentary Hebrews 7:1-3 & 18-28 New American Standard Bible International Bible Lessons Sunday, October 23, 2016 L.G. Parkhurst, Jr. The International Bible Lesson (Uniform

More information

BIBLE CORRESPONDENCE FELLOWSHIP

BIBLE CORRESPONDENCE FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CORRESPONDENCE FELLOWSHIP Dear Student, Welcome to Bible Correspondence Fellowship. I am pleased that you have enrolled in our correspondence course and are seeking to study God s Word. Our course

More information

Lesson 31 Introduction to Bible Prophecy

Lesson 31 Introduction to Bible Prophecy In Acts 17, Paul started the church in the city of Thessalonica. He was only there for three weeks before he had to flee the city or be killed. During that three weeks he founded the church and began to

More information

Resurrection of the Dead

Resurrection of the Dead Resurrection of the Dead Introduction It seems that in our churches today little teaching occurs concerning resurrection and its place and function in the purposes of God. There seems to be a number of

More information

50 EVIDENCE THAT JESUS IS ALIVE TODAY

50 EVIDENCE THAT JESUS IS ALIVE TODAY 50 EVIDENCE THAT JESUS IS ALIVE TODAY Background The Christian faith is unlike all other faiths. This is evident, for example, in the unique way that Christian believers can know assurance of forgiveness

More information

Assurance of Salvation

Assurance of Salvation Assurance of Salvation By accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are saved now and forever and you can know it for certain. Read 1st John 5:13 Does want you to have an assurance of salvation?.

More information

Are You a Member of the Church You Can Read About in the Bible?

Are You a Member of the Church You Can Read About in the Bible? CHURCH Are you a Member of the Church You Can Read About in the Bible 1 Are You a Member of the Church You Can Read About in the Bible? A RE YOU A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH YOU CAN READ ABOUT IN THE BIBLE?

More information

Resurrection in the Old Testament

Resurrection in the Old Testament Resurrection in the Old Testament Introduction One of the ideas that Scripture discusses at length is the concept of resurrection. In essence, Scripture tells us that after we die, we will eventually be

More information

Genesis Fulfilled in Jesus' Return

Genesis Fulfilled in Jesus' Return Matt Morton Grace Bible Church Southwood Genesis Fulfilled in Jesus' Return Revelation 19-22 When Jesus returns, He will defeat every enemy and fulfill every promise. Bible s story line: A perfect garden

More information

Deuteronomy 33:27; Romans 1:20. Psalm 95:3; Isaiah 43:15. Psalm 143:5; Job 11:7-9. James 1:17. John 4:24. Matthew 5:48. Isaiah 9:3; 1 Peter 1:15-16

Deuteronomy 33:27; Romans 1:20. Psalm 95:3; Isaiah 43:15. Psalm 143:5; Job 11:7-9. James 1:17. John 4:24. Matthew 5:48. Isaiah 9:3; 1 Peter 1:15-16 ... that God is the Eternal 1 King 2. He is an infinite 3, unchangeable 4 Spirit 5, perfect 6 in holiness 7, wisdom 8, goodness 9, justice 10, power 11 and love 12. From all eternity 13 He exists as the

More information

A. The Inevitability of Death and Possibility of Heaven and Hell

A. The Inevitability of Death and Possibility of Heaven and Hell How Can I Know I m Going To Heaven When I Die? Part 2 November 4, 2012 9:15 & 10:50am Introduction: Today we are concluding our series by answering life s most important question, How can I know I m going

More information

No One Has Ascended. This is an addendum to the study titled Where Are the Dead?

No One Has Ascended. This is an addendum to the study titled Where Are the Dead? No One Has Ascended This is an addendum to the study titled Where Are the Dead? Compiled by Rachel Cory-Kuehl, updated February 2015 Scripture is from the NKJV unless otherwise noted. John 3:13 [Christ

More information

Genealogy of Jesus. One like a Son of Man

Genealogy of Jesus. One like a Son of Man Genealogy of Jesus Matthew 1:1-17 Following man s rebellion against God in the Garden of Eden, God told the serpent, I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He

More information

You re either in Christ or you re in crisis.

You re either in Christ or you re in crisis. Being in Christ Mark Hankins You re either in Christ or you re in crisis. II Corinthians 5:16-17 We want to recognize who Christ is in the Spirit (connect to His supernatural identity) All things are new

More information

BASIC BIBLE TEACHING. Where Do We Go When We Die?

BASIC BIBLE TEACHING. Where Do We Go When We Die? BASIC BIBLE TEACHING Where Do We Go When We Die? BASIC BIBLE TEACHING Where Do We Go When We Die? The Bible teaches that when we die, we really are DEAD, and we do not go anywhere, other than the grave.

More information

Romans 3: :27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

Romans 3: :27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Romans 3:2731 3:27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Since salvation is only possible through the Lord Jesus Christ, boasting is excluded. Nobody

More information

Lesson 4. Eternal Security

Lesson 4. Eternal Security Lesson 4 Eternal Security Now That I Am Saved, Can I Ever Lose My Salvation? Once you have settled the question of salvation as the Bible declares it by grace through faith in Jesus Christ it is imperative

More information

Destiny Church Doctrinal Beliefs

Destiny Church Doctrinal Beliefs Destiny Church Doctrinal Beliefs _GOD WE BELIEVE God is an all loving [1], good [2], infinite [3] unchangeable [4], holy [5], wise [6], perfect [7], eternal [8] Spirit [9]. He has no beginning and has

More information

Review: Last week we began a new series in the book of Revelation. Here's a quick summary of what we discussed in session #1...

Review: Last week we began a new series in the book of Revelation. Here's a quick summary of what we discussed in session #1... Wheelersburg Baptist Church 10/21/09 Wednesday Evening Series: A Walk through the Book of Revelation Revelation 1:4-20 "The Portrait of the Risen Christ" I want to know Christ. That s what the Christian

More information

C. The church was started on Paul s second Missionary journey recorded in Acts 17

C. The church was started on Paul s second Missionary journey recorded in Acts 17 2Thessalonians I. Intro A. 2Thessalonians is the 14 th book of the New Testament and 9 th among the epistles a. Epistles are the major doctrinal sections of the NT b. They were written to churches or individuals

More information

God is spirit, and His worshippers must worship Him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24 NIV

God is spirit, and His worshippers must worship Him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24 NIV Jesus said: Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at My saying, You must be born again. John 3:6-7 NIV The man without the Spirit does not accept

More information

God s Broken Promises Scripture: Romans 9:6-13

God s Broken Promises Scripture: Romans 9:6-13 Delivered Sunday, November 23, 2014 1 God s Broken Promises Scripture: Romans 9:6-13 Introduction How does a broken promise feel? What is it like for someone to promise you something and then not do it?

More information

Confirmation Creed Worksheet For Confirmands and Sponsors Based on the Apostles Creed

Confirmation Creed Worksheet For Confirmands and Sponsors Based on the Apostles Creed Confirmation Creed Worksheet For Confirmands and Sponsors Based on the Apostles Creed The purpose of these program worksheets is to provide a format for casual conversation between sponsors and confirmands.

More information

What Comes Next? Sunday, September 28, Intro:

What Comes Next? Sunday, September 28, Intro: What Comes Next? Sunday, September 28, 2014 Intro: Today we will be turning to two portions of scripture and we will begin in 2 Corinthians 5:1-8 and Revelation 19: 6-9 and as we are reading together,

More information

Baptism and the Holy Spirit

Baptism and the Holy Spirit Love Lifted Me Recovery Ministries Baptism and the Holy Spirit http://www.loveliftedmerecovery.com QUESTION: Some groups teach that you receive the Holy Spirit when you are baptized in water. When does

More information

A Bible Study Based on Matthew 6:26, 32b, 33

A Bible Study Based on Matthew 6:26, 32b, 33 A Bible Study Based on Matthew 6:26, 32b, 33 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?...

More information

International Bible Lesson Commentary Hebrews 7:1-3 & 18-28

International Bible Lesson Commentary Hebrews 7:1-3 & 18-28 International Bible Lessons Commentary Hebrews 7:1-3 & 18-28 New American Standard Bible International Bible Lessons Sunday, October 23, 2016 L.G. Parkhurst, Jr. The International Bible Lesson (Uniform

More information

Eternal Life Merited Through Perfect Obedience To God s Commands?

Eternal Life Merited Through Perfect Obedience To God s Commands? Eternal Life Merited Through Perfect Obedience To God s Commands? Matthew 19:16-21, Mark 10:17-21. Luke 10:25-28, 18:18-23, Romans 2:6-7 1 and 7:10 reveal eternal life can be earned as a totally deserved

More information

1 2014, Reverend Steve Carlson Tabernacle Baptist Church West National Avenue West Allis, Wisconsin

1 2014, Reverend Steve Carlson Tabernacle Baptist Church West National Avenue West Allis, Wisconsin The Spirit of Truth March 23, 2014 John 16:5-15 I. Introduction For 3 years Jesus had been with the men He had personally called to be His disciples. During those years He had taught them about God and

More information

Conflicted & Compromised; and yet Blameless & Free! Romans 7:21-8:4

Conflicted & Compromised; and yet Blameless & Free! Romans 7:21-8:4 Conflicted & Compromised; and yet Blameless & Free! Romans 7:21-8:4 The daily challenge of our duality Conflicted & Compromised Blameless & Free The daily challenge of our duality Our dismal performance

More information

Our enemy has been defeated

Our enemy has been defeated 1 The 20 th chapter of Revelation is the most difficult chapter of the book if not the entire Bible. Premillennialist have used this chapter as the basis for their theory of a literal thousand year reign

More information

The Second Coming of Jesus

The Second Coming of Jesus The Second Coming of Jesus People have many different beliefs about what will happen at the end of time. Some think that the end of the planet will be the end of mankind. As far as they are concerned,

More information

Three T s to Eternity Translated, Transformed, Transported

Three T s to Eternity Translated, Transformed, Transported Three T s to Eternity Translated, Transformed, Transported Introduction 1. All three of these terms are scriptural and can be found in the following verses: Colossians 1:13 He has delivered us from the

More information

Todd Schreiner - 1 Sermon on Romans 5:1-5 NT 550 The Epistle to the Romans - 9/21/05

Todd Schreiner - 1 Sermon on Romans 5:1-5 NT 550 The Epistle to the Romans - 9/21/05 Todd Schreiner - 1 In the first five verses of Romans chapter five Paul laid out two benefits of being justified with God through Jesus Christ s life and work on the cross. Number one: we have peace with

More information

The Second Advent of Christ Our Blessed Hope

The Second Advent of Christ Our Blessed Hope The Second Advent of Christ Our Blessed Hope This advent season our sermons are focused on the second coming/advent of Jesus Christ. Last week we saw the contrast between the first and second advents of

More information

Today s Message. Blessed Are Those In The 1 st Resurrection. Orange Coast Church February 4, Pastor Ken Studer

Today s Message. Blessed Are Those In The 1 st Resurrection. Orange Coast Church February 4, Pastor Ken Studer Today s Message Blessed Are Those In The 1 st Resurrection Orange Coast Church February 4, 2006 by Pastor Ken Studer The 7 Beatitudes of Revelation 1. Readers, Hearers, Heeders 2. They That Die In The

More information

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (ESV ), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (ESV ), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (ESV ), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All Called

More information

Why the World Hates Christians John 15:17-25 Part 3

Why the World Hates Christians John 15:17-25 Part 3 Sermon Transcript Why the World Hates Christians John 15:17-25 Part 3 When Christ was getting ready to leave this world He told His disciples, Let not your heart be troubled you believe in God believe

More information

Teaching a Bible Study Luke 24:13-48 gives us a pattern Christ used for effective Bible study

Teaching a Bible Study Luke 24:13-48 gives us a pattern Christ used for effective Bible study Teaching a Bible Study Luke 24:13-48 gives us a pattern Christ used for effective Bible study Encourage people to share what is going on in their lives Luke 24:13-24 Christ took the initiative to make

More information

STUDYING THE BOOK OF 1 CORINTHIANS IN SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS

STUDYING THE BOOK OF 1 CORINTHIANS IN SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS STUDYING THE BOOK OF 1 CORINTHIANS IN SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS Lesson 24 - The Resurrection of Christ - 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Read the following verses in the New International Version or a translation

More information

Why Should We Baptize?

Why Should We Baptize? Water Baptism in the Name of Jesus Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of JESUS CHRIST for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy

More information

The Church of Jesus Christ in Former Times

The Church of Jesus Christ in Former Times The Church of Jesus Christ in Former Times Chapter 16 Some Features That Identify the Church of Jesus Christ We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles,

More information

WHAT EVERY CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO KNOW Lesson 32 The Judgments

WHAT EVERY CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO KNOW Lesson 32 The Judgments WHAT EVERY CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO KNOW Lesson 32 The Judgments INTRODUCTION Last week we looked at the Kingdom and how it relates to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. We said that there is a present/inward

More information

The Sabbath. Read Exodus 20:8-11. What does God tell His people to do with the Sabbath? (verse 8 first word)

The Sabbath. Read Exodus 20:8-11. What does God tell His people to do with the Sabbath? (verse 8 first word) The Sabbath What is the first time the Sabbath is mentioned in Scripture? Read Genesis 2:1-3. What did God do on the seventh day? (verse 2) 1. He His work. 2. He from all His work. What two things did

More information

Rejoice in God the Holy Spirit

Rejoice in God the Holy Spirit Rejoice in God the Holy Spirit God the Holy Spirit, Who dwells inside of us, has done and is doing special things for us! Everything He does for us is for the purpose of transforming us into the image

More information

The Rapture of the Church

The Rapture of the Church INTRODUCTION The Rapture is the Great Blessed Hope of the Christian. We have been promised that Christ is coming back to gather God s children together to be with Him forever. There are, however, so anti-rapture

More information

Mastering the Gospel Presentation

Mastering the Gospel Presentation Mastering the Gospel Presentation Welcome to the CMF Training page on Mastering a Gospel Presentation. This may be the most important thing that you do and you need to be able to do this as you grow in

More information

Believing in Christ Hebrews 11:1-6 Did you know that believing in Jesus, as the Son of God is absolutely necessary for eternal life?

Believing in Christ Hebrews 11:1-6 Did you know that believing in Jesus, as the Son of God is absolutely necessary for eternal life? Believing in Christ Hebrews 11:1-6 Did you know that believing in Jesus, as the Son of God is absolutely necessary for eternal life? John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,

More information

THE RETURN OF CHRIST ARLO F. NEWELL

THE RETURN OF CHRIST ARLO F. NEWELL Tell Me About THE RETURN OF CHRIST ARLO F. NEWELL Tell Me About THE RETURN OF CHRIST Jesus said, I go to prepare a place for you I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there

More information

MEMORY WORK 3RD & 4TH GRADE THE LORD S PRAYER THE ADDRESS. What does this mean? THE FIRST PETITION. What does this mean? How is God s name kept holy?

MEMORY WORK 3RD & 4TH GRADE THE LORD S PRAYER THE ADDRESS. What does this mean? THE FIRST PETITION. What does this mean? How is God s name kept holy? MEMORY WORK 3RD & 4TH GRADE THE LORD S PRAYER Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins,

More information

Reflection in a Time of Grief and Loss

Reflection in a Time of Grief and Loss Reflection in a Time of Grief and Loss The following reflections were written to help members of the Notre Dame community gather in groups to talk, think and pray about loss in a time of tragedy. Please

More information

BLOCK FIVE REVELATION 1:18. I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

BLOCK FIVE REVELATION 1:18. I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. BLOCK FIVE REVELATION 1:18 I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. IMPORTANT POINTS 1. There is a devil and he does not like

More information

1. The believers in the Philadelphia church were given the following promise in Revelation 3:10: Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I

1. The believers in the Philadelphia church were given the following promise in Revelation 3:10: Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I 1 1. The believers in the Philadelphia church were given the following promise in Revelation 3:10: Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which

More information

The Sermon That Got a U.S. Navy Chaplain Fired (Appendix H)

The Sermon That Got a U.S. Navy Chaplain Fired (Appendix H) The Sermon That Got a U.S. Navy Chaplain Fired (Appendix H) Below is a word-for-word transcript of a sermon preached by LT Gordon James Klingenschmitt (Chaps), delivered during an optional worship service

More information

LIVING IN ACCORD WITH THE WILL OF GOD

LIVING IN ACCORD WITH THE WILL OF GOD FreeChristianWritings.com TOPIC A34 LIVING IN ACCORD WITH THE WILL OF GOD BY RON FOSTER Lay Member RIVERSIDE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH UPPER ARLINGTON, OHIO LIVING IN ACCORD WITH THE WILL OF GOD Scripture

More information

Fridge Memory Reminder

Fridge Memory Reminder APPLE ACRES ENTRANCE BOOKLET BEAR HUG A: Due on Parent Night; Cubbies Key Verse 1 John 4:10: God loved us and sent His Son None The Big Apple: God loves us very much! He sent His Son to be our Savior.

More information