Summary: Death is something that many people fear but as Christians we have great hope that because of Christ conquering death we too have nothing to fear. We know that death is only the door to the beginning of everything.

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Heaven Series Part 1

The End is Really the Beginning

Pastor Ryan Akers

I Corinthians 15:54-58

Me- Heaven Video- found on sermonspice- Man on street video that ask people if they believe in Heaven.

Starting a new series today on Heaven- What’s it like? What will we do there? Where does this concept of heaven come from? What is this new Jerusalem?

Heaven- end game for any religion.

Buddhism- has no personal God- Nirvana- reached through 8 fold path- Right understanding, right intentions, right speech, right conduct, right occupation, right endeavor, right contemplation, right concentration

Judaism- living a good life- being obedient to God’s teachings- Waiting for a Messiah to bring world peace.

Muslims- must perform regular duties (5 pillars of Islam)- believe in Allah and Muhammad his prophet, pray 5 times a day facing Mecca, give a tithe, fast, pilgrimage to Mecca(once in lifetime)

These religions= Heaven is earned by works

Christianity is only religion…1.not what we do but what we believe, 2. Not because of fear we obey but because of love.

Other religions- obey out of fear or personal gain (highest level of heaven)

Christianity is the only religion…prophet rose from the dead.

We have a Father who loved us enough to send his son to die for us so that we would not perish but we too could have everlasting life, not by our works but by our simple acceptance of who Christ is and yes our obedience to him out of love. God loved us so we love him like a child loves and obeys their parents we love and obey God.

We- Christians- have hope-yet fear death (unknown-like control, death=no control)

All- Death is enemy- I Corinthians 15:26- (fight sicknesses and disease to ward off death) Work hard whole life only to lose to death- “don’t store up treasures on earth, store up treasures in heaven.”

Rick Warren, “It’s not a sin to be rich, it’s a sin to die rich.”

It is our fault there is death. Romans 5:12

Pain in death- sadness and mourning. Jesus wept (John 11:35- maybe wept because he was brining him back to life)

Death-surrounded by sadness, anger, mourning. It is seen as an end to all that was good in your life. And to many death signifies the end. To them they will simply go back into earth as worm food.

To others there is a life after this one but unless you work better than everyone else you can’t achieve the best possible outcome.

God- The one true God wanted us to know that there is hope beyond this life. God wants you and me to know that the end of this life is really the beginning of True Living.

Death should not be feared because our savior over came it- because salvation frees us from it. Spiritual death is much worse that physical

God sent his son because we need a savior to save us from spiritual death.

Luke 19:10- seek and save the lost

John 11:25-26a- bring eternal life to dying sinners

For us to over come death we needed a savior to help us over come it.

Ephesians 2:5-9- conquer spiritual death

I Corinthians 15:54-57- conquer physical death

John 3:36- Everlasting life is found only on the belief in Christ

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