Summary: A sermon explaining why hell exists and to answer the most common questions about God and hell.
People don’t talk much about hell… how do you explain it.. Loving God and all
Others seem to be really excited about Hell…
Cant wait to send them there
most popular swear word.
Is hell a place.. Where is it.. Why and could God really create a place like this?
That is what we are going to talk about. Lets get started.
John 3:16-17: “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
Most famous verse for a reason!
God isn’t interested in sending you to hell
Your enemies may be… not so nice
You may not be so nice.
He is dying to keep you out of hell.
2 Peter 3:8-9: But, you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn't really being slow about His promise, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
Interesting thought … God sees what we have done with our free will. He sees us our choice…
He won’t wait forever.
Matthew 10:28: 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.
HELL… used 12 times by Jesus
Valley of hinnon next to Jerusalem (hollow)
Brass God of Molech there
Ahaz and Mannaseh burned there kids will the drums drowned out the sounds of cries
Josiah… defiled the place making it a burning dump, human remains burned
Also the valley that burned up the garbage of the city.
Just a picture of waste
Matthew 23:33: You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?
Hell is used to motivate HYPOCRITES
Jesus when he spoke of hell was always to the religious… pretenders.
Those who didn’t live what they claimed.
Today. He would talk to religious churches.
THE BIG QUESTION: WHY HELL?
How could God do it… why would he allow it.
Understand it is the opposite… but, why?
God doesn't force you to love
Not about God not loving us, it is about us not loving God
(sad day when someone doesn’t love you back)
What if you were forced to love… how would you like it.
God loves you… made a place for you… the question is, do you love Him?
Revelation 3:20: “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear My voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”
GOD NEVER OVERRIDES OUR WILL
What if you have some one love you that you don’t love…
What do you do?
“God’s will to marry you” no way. I will marry the one I love
God waits for your CHOICE.
Malachi 4:1: The LORD of Heaven's Armies says, “The day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace. On that day the arrogant and the wicked will be burned up like straw.They will be consumed—roots, branches, and all.”
GOD WON'T WAIT FOREVER
He is tired of killing, beating, abusing, war, etc.
Jude 1:23: Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.
OUR JOB: PULL PEOPLE OUT OF THE FIRE
Purpose of God: Love them out of hell
People are in your life to love as God loves.