My sermon outline:
Heb. 6:2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
All saints and all souls day. This is the time that people remember their dead. I remember my son because it is just about this time that it happened. (Six years ago, he got sick of TB meningitis, got paralyzed and eventually died after two months)
So many participate in the pagan Halloween practice – Trick or treat (no biblical).
Thousands of Filipinos flock the cemetery to visit and pay respect for their dead.
Q. Why is there such a fascination to know more about the life beyond this life?
Many would like to unveil the mystery the spiritual world.
Why are we talking about death?
Tension: Your view of eternity will determine how you live today.
3 competing views of life after death:
1. Annihilationism – when you’re dead you’re dead (You can live any way you want)
2. Re-incarnation – better luck next time. If you did not perform well in this life, then you can come back in another life form i.e. dog, tree, mouse, mosquito, etc.
3. Resurrection – there is life after death. All the dead will rise up (not like zombies) and will either eternally live with God in heaven or will be eternally be condemned.
The resurrection of Christ is at the center of Christian faith!
What do we know about death and eternity?
1. Life is short.
Psalm 90:10 – The length of our days is seventy years— or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
– What are we living for?
– Most of the things that we pursue are temporal in nature.
– We need to fix our eyes on eternal things.
2. Death is certain.
Heb. 9:27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,
Heb. 9:28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
We are all destined to die.
According to the latest statistics the mortality rate is still 100%. Everybody will die.
What will happen in the judgment is determined by how you treated Christ in your lifetime. Why? Because our sin separates us from a holy God.
But there is good news: Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins and He didn’t stay dead. He rose up again to save us. Those who call upon the Lord will be saved. If you ask Him, he will forgive your sins. If you are saved, then your name will be written in the Lamb’s Book of life. Nothing can blot it out from there. And the angels in heaven will rejoice.
3. We will all face judgment.
The thought of being judged by somebody can be sobering/ scary. Can you imagine if God will be the one judging you?
John 5:28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice
John 5:29 and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.
What will take place in the judgment? (Separation of sinners and righteous)
1. Great white throne judgment – many Christian scholars believe that this is for the unbelievers; judged by works but we know that works cannot save us. We are saved by grace not by works. Those whose names are not found in the Lamb’s book of life will be thrown in the lake of fire.
Rev. 20:12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
Rev. 20:15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
2. Judgment seat of Christ – only for believers
2Cor. 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Your eternal destination is not determined in the judgment seat of Christ. It was already determined while you were on earth and you put your faith in Christ.
What is being judged there? Good works, not salvation. This is the time when God will give rewards to Christians for the works they have done while on earth. Salvation has been given when we put our faith in Christ (while on earth). This is the time when rewards will be given.
1Cor. 3:12 If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,
1Cor. 3:13 his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.
1Cor. 3:14 If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward.
1Cor. 3:15 If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.
– The day will bring it to light.
– Fire will test the quality of each man’s work.
Will you receive a reward?
Don’t build your life on material things (sticks) but on things that endure to the end (costly stones). Our words, actions, and motives as Christians will be judged.
MAINPOINT: YOUR VIEW OF ETERNITY WILL DETERMINE HOW YOU LIVE.