Summary: Heaven is a real place; the dwelling place of God and His angels and His children forever.

Back to the Basics - Heaven

June 10, 2012 Morning Service

Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK

Rick Boyne

Message Point: Heaven is a real place; the dwelling place of God and His angels and His children forever.

Focus Passage: Revelation 21:1-27

Supplemental Passage: "In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. Jesus *said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. (John 14:2-3, 6 NASB)

Introduction: 10% of church members cannot be found

20% of church members never attend church

25% admit that they never pray

35% admit that they do not read their Bibles

40% admit that they never contribute to the church in tithes or offerings

60% never give to missions

70% never assume responsibility within the church

85% never invite anyone to church

95 % have never won anyone to Christ

BUT! 100% expect to go to heaven

(The Choice, by Thomas Trask, Zondervan Pub. House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1999)

I. Who

a. God the Father on the throne

b. Jesus seated at the right hand of the Father

c. The redeemed of the Lord

d. The angels

II. What

a. 1500 miles cubed

b. Gates of Pearls

c. Streets of Gold

d. No sun, for the glory of God lights Heaven

III. Why

a. Heaven is not automatic for everyone

b. Heaven is not a reward for doing good

c. Heaven is the final habitation for those who have trusted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior

Invitation: Is YOUR name written in the Lamb's Book of Life?

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