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What's Next? What Happens after We Die

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Sermon shared by Dennis Mcconnaughhay

April 2009
Summary: What’s Next? What Happens after we die? Heaven is Awesome! Hell is Awful! Part 1 of 7
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
INTRODUCTION
Organ music background… Pall bearers bring out casket and position. Show their respects. Walk off platform. PAUSE. Dennis Enters!!!

1. Did you really think I was in this casket? I’ll often do some
things to make the point – nope, not this time! Even I have my limits…

2. Today, we begin our new teaching series – What’s Next?
• Over the next few weeks, we will be asking lots of questions and searching the Bible for the answers…
• Why would I go to the Bible for the answers about What’s Next? Because of last week’s Celebration – Jesus has Risen from the Dead.
• If Jesus has faced death, experienced death and conquered death – I want to hear what He has to say about it!
• Over the next few weeks, we’ll look at how the Bible answers questions like -- What is Heaven Like? What is Hell like? Who will be in Heaven and who will be in Hell? What will we do in Heaven? Will we ever get bored in Heaven? How do we get to Heaven?
• The question we’ll ask today to get us started, is this – What Happens When I Die?

3. What I so want to accomplish in the next weeks is this –
• I want you to know the Truth… about What’s Next. not what some think, not what a Television series thinks, not what some best selling fiction novel says, not what the movies portray
• I want this Study to -- intensify your Hope for Heaven and your Hatred of Hell.
• I want you to know the Rewards of Heaven and the Reality of Hell… To know the Comfort of Heaven and the Condemnation of Hell
• I want each of us to understand that Heaven is Awesome and Hell is Awful
• I want us to grasp that Heaven is far better and Hell is far worse than anything I could ever communicate and articulate…

4. (eg) Think with me about this question -- Where might we hear the most confusing and contradictory information about what happens when people die?
• Movie Theater? DVDs? Television? Death, the afterlife, ghosts, spiritual things are popular topics…
• Liberal Universities and Colleges – Secular and Religious?
• On Bookshelves, at the Bookstore? Again our culture is fascinated with the Beyond…
• Talk shows – Radio and Television? Internet? Music industry?
• All with an opinion about death and what happens when we die…

5. For me – where do people hear the most misleading and mistaken information about death? At funerals…
• Some of the worst Theology, False Teaching, the most Confusing and Contradicting things read, sung and spoken – happen at funerals…
• At some funerals – death is nothing like what the Bible says…
6. So what Happens When we Die? When we stop breathing, when our heart stops beating – what happens?

What Happens When I Die? At that very moment…
You Realize – You Really died!
1. We often think and we often believe and we often live with this notion -- it won’t happen to me. Death isn’t going to knock at my door. Too young! Too much to do!
• But the reality is – it WILL happen to me and it WILL happen to you.

2. The
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