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To Die is Gain - Funeral Sermon

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Sermon shared by Howard Mcglamery

January 1995
Summary: A funeral sermon preached for a Christian who had spent the last years of his life crippled and paralyzed, confined to a wheel chair.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
To Die Is Gain - Funeral sermon

Phil 1:21 – “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

Intro.
When I read this verse I can’t help but think of _______ .

When the Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the church at Phillipi, the circumstances of his life weren’t exactly ideal. He was in prison - under house arrest in Rome – chained to a Roman soldier as his guard. Paul was a prisoner and yet this entire letter shouts with triumph. It is filled with the words “joy” and “rejoicing”.

Right Christian experience is the outworking of the life and mind of Christ in our lives whatever our circumstances might be.

________ lived the last years of his life a prisoner in a body that was filled with sickness – yet he never complained. He seemed to show joy and to rejoice in his affliction.

To those who do not believe in God – Life on earth is the best there is. For the non Christian, it is only natural to strive for the world’s values. Money – Popularity – Power – Prestige.

For the Christian it is different. – “To die is gain”

What do we gain?

1. We Gain a better body – a glorified, immortalized, resurrected body.
In this present body of clay we are subject to all the sorrows and tears that life is heir to. Age, sickness, and finally death are the inevitable end of this house made of the dust of the earth. But in death and the resurrection we gain a better body, one that can never grow old, know disease, suffer pain, and can never die. We gain a better body.

2. We Gain a better home.
However the beauty and the embellishments of any house we may possess in this world, it is nothing compared with our mansion in the beautiful city of God. Look at the promise of out Lord in John 14:1-3.

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

The longing of the Apostle Paul for his home in heaven is expressed in Phil 1:23>

“For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:”

3. We Gain a better inheritance.
Our final reward is not here – it is in Heaven.

4. We Gain a better fellowship.
All of us live in this world of a dissolving family circle. Mother is gone – Father is gone, or a child is gone, or our beloved grandparents are gone, or a close friend is gone. But the circle is unbroken in Heaven forever and ever. There is no death there, no sorrow or crying or pain, for these former things are passed away.

Jesus is there.

5. If “for me to live is Christ,” then to die is gain.
If for me to live is money – then to die is loss.
If for me to live is self – then to die is loss.
If for me to live is ambition – then to die is loss.
If for me to live is sin – then to die sis loss.

But if for me to live is Christ – to die is gain.

Revelation 21:1 thru 22:5.


(This is a sermon I preached several years ago. Some of it was gleaned from another author but I did not record the source. If you know the source, I will gladly give the credit.)

(Update - A sermon central member has told me that it is a sermon by the late WA Criswell - Thanks)
Comments and Shared Ideas
Jun Quinio
March 20, 2013
Thank you for so much thoughts you''ve shared. And i realized that there two reason why we preach in a funeral. First is to comfort the family and friends of the departed and secondly the most important one, is to save the members of the family and friends who haven''t accepted Christ yet in their lives.
Heath Starks
February 20, 2013
Daniele, I am not the author of this sermon, obviously. However, I am in ministry and I might be able to clarify something for you. There is no offense meant to non-believers. I am not oblivious to what the facts of Scripture appear to be to non-believers and that what the Bible says can be hurtful. In Acts 2:37, when Peter is preaching on the day of Pentecost, his words "cut to the heart." Roughly three thousand people recieved salvation that day. While the wording Brother Howard used in his sermon may have felt offensive, the main point he was making was that for a Christian, death takes away pain and suffering that everyone experiences on earth. They are also assured of an eternal destination with God, not eternal seperation from Him in hell. Brother Howard was not judging when he stated the facts. If you feel any judgement, I might suggest that is from the Word of God. If you are aware that you have a soul that will continue on after you pass away, then I would ask you to find assurance and peace in Christ. It''s a simple process. Confess and repent of the sins you know you are guilty of; Romans 3:10, 3:23, 6:23. Thank God for forgiving you of your sins and ask Christ into your life as your Lord and Savior; John 3:16, Matthew 10:32-33. Find a church home and a pastor so you can get baptized; Matthew 28:18-20. I will be sure to pray for your health and that you will find salvation in Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:7 "And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Heath Starks
February 20, 2013
Daniele, I am not the author of this sermon, obviously. However, I am in ministry and I might be able to clarify something for you. There is no offense meant to non-believers. I am not oblivious to what the facts of Scripture appear to be to non-believers and that what the Bible says can be hurtful. In Acts 2:37, when Peter is preaching on the day of Pentecost, his words "cut to the heart." Roughly three thousand people recieved salvation that day. While the wording Brother Howard used in his sermon may have felt offensive, the main point he was making was that for a Christian, death takes away pain and suffering that everyone experiences on earth. They are also assured of an eternal destination with God, not eternal seperation from Him in hell. Brother Howard was not judging when he stated the facts. If you feel any judgement, I might suggest that is from the Word of God. If you are aware that you have a soul that will continue on after you pass away, then I would ask you to find assurance and peace in Christ. It''s a simple process. Confess and repent of the sins you know you are guilty of; Romans 3:10, 3:23, 6:23. Thank God for forgiving you of your sins and ask Christ into your life as your Lord and Savior; John 3:16, Matthew 10:32-33. Find a church home and a pastor so you can get baptized; Matthew 28:18-20. I will be sure to pray for your health and that you will find salvation in Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:7 "And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Daniele Lugo
February 15, 2013
This the most offensive thing I have read in a long time! To those who do not believe in God ? Life on earth is the best there is. For the non Christian, it is only natural to strive for the world?s values. Money ? Popularity ? Power ? Prestige.For the Christian it is different." I happen to be a "non-believer" and it is NOT in my nature to strive for any of these "values". Many, many people I know are non-believers and none of them strive for those afore mentioned values. As christians you do not have the right to judge others. If you haven''t re-worded the bible then you surely believe in your fellow man, whether they follow christ, another plausible deity or none. Your job as I understand it, is to show a "christlike" love. Sorry, I just do not see it. I am dying and I am fully aware that there may be something beyond my living body. The only thing that you can prove is what you can prove. Your beliefs lay in your heart and in your mind, just as mine do. "let he who casts the first stone." ring anything? I am not a good person because I want to go to heaven. I am a good person because I love, period.
Sandra Leightner
February 17, 2011
Thank you for attributing it - it shows integrity and helps me also to properly attribute the work
Troy Walker
December 27, 2009
By looking over this it has giving me great comfort to know if i die in Christ i gain much more
Steven Cohea
February 1, 2009
Thank you for some great thoughts. I will be preaching my 7,8,9th funeral (I have forgotten)in the last 2 years. God Bless you Pastor. Bro Steve

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