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Tough Questions
Real Questions...Real Truth
Week 2 - 04/15/18

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT - All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

Questions:
How do I get into heaven?
When we get to heaven, are we judged for the way we lived our lives on earth?
What happens when you go to heaven?
Can a person who commits suicide go to heaven?
Is there more than one way to get to heaven?
Is there really a hell?
How could a loving God send anyone to hell?_____________________________________

WHAT YOU BELIEVE ABOUT DEATH AND ETERNITY WILL DETERMINE HOW YOU LIVE. #ToughQuestions #MissionChurch

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT DEATH?

  1. DEATH IS CERTAIN.

Studies  are  conclusive. Approximately one out of one people die. They do.  In fact, you’re going to die.  I’m going to die.  Unless you are a believer and Jesus returns in your lifetime, you are going to die.  Scripture says it very simply,  Hebrews  9:27,  the  Bible  says…

27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. Hebrews 9:27-28 NIV

First, we know that death is certain. Second, we know that…

  1. THE SOUL AND THE BODY SEPARATE.

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28 NIV

…the one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by
believing in me will never die. John 11:25-26 NIV

What do we know about death?  It’s for certain.  Second, we know that the soul and the body will separate.  Number three, we know that eventually, you will face the judgment.  

You will face the judgment.

  1. YOU WILL FACE THE JUDGMENT

Hebrews 9:27, again …Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment… Hebrews 9:27 NIV

THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF JUDGEMENT:

  • GREAT WHITE THRONE.

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it…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. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:11-12, 15 NIV

Matthew 7:13-14 NIV
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many are on on it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life and only a few find it.  

Let’s talk about two Biblical reasons why Hell exists.

WHY DOES HELL EXIST?

A) HELL EXISTS FOR GOD TO DEAL RIGHTEOUSLY WITH SATAN.

…Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. Matthew 25:41 NIV

B)  HELL EXISTS FOR GOD TO DEAL RIGHTEOUSLY WITH THE UNBELIEVERS.

He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might… 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 NIV

THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS

"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. Luke 16:19-21 NIV

"The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.' Luke 16:22-24 NIV

  • HELL IS A PLACE OF UNSPEAKABLE SUFFERING. 

If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. Matthew 5:29 NIV

…'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.' Luke 16:27-28 NIV

LESSONS FROM THE OTHER SIDE

  • THE RICH MAN WAS FULLY CONSCIOUS.  
  • HIS ETERNAL DESTINY WAS IRROVACABLY FIXED. 
  • HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS EXPERIENCING WAS JUST. 

HE PLEADED FOR SOMEONE TO HELP HIS LOVED ONES KNOW JESUS

GOD DOESN’T WANT ANYONE TO GO TO HELL. 

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 NIV

GOOD NEWS — THERE IS ANOTHER JUDGEMENT SEAT

  • JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST. 

For we will all stand before God's judgment seat. Romans 14:10b NIV

2 Corinthians 5:10 NIV - For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT. 

  • Incorruptible Crown 1 Cor. 9:25-27 
  • Crown of Righteousness 2 Tim 4:8 
  • Crown of Rejoicing 1 Thes 2:19-20 
  • Crown of Glory 1 Pet 5:4 
  • Crown of Life Ja 1:12, Rev 2:10 

(A person’s) 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 person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. 1 Corinthians 3:13-15 NIV

What do we know about heaven?

…"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" 1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV   

Psalm 84:10 NIV
Better is one day in your courts, O Lord, than a thousand elsewhere.

Psalms 16:11, “You will find joy.  You, you will fill me with joy in your presence with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

A GLIMPSE INTO HEAVEN

1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:1-4 NIV

WHAT YOU BELIEVE ABOUT DEATH AND ETERNITY WILL DETERMINE HOW YOU LIVE. #ToughQuestions #MissionChurch

How can I guarantee my place in heaven?

Romans 3:22 NLT
22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

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