Posts Tagged ‘Heaven

22
May
18

What’s Coming

One of the questions that is most often asked about faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ, is about suffering. Why do we have to suffer? Why is there pain in this world? There seem to be so few answers when it comes to the question of suffering. Here’s the thing, the Word of God doesn’t sugarcoat the fact that there’s suffering. Paul wrote:

 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. – Romans 8:18 (NIV)

Paul admits that we suffer. This world is full of suffering and everyone suffers because the world is broken. The good news of faith in Christ is that God’s promises can help us persevere through suffering. That the temporary struggles and sufferings are nothing compared with the future glory that is coming for God’s people. Yes, we are going to suffer hardships, pain, persecution, disease and death. These are temporary. God promises that when we get to Heaven, these things will be no more. Suffering will be done away with when God’s glory is revealed to us, so hold on to His promises today.
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16
Apr
18

The Lord’s Patience

One of the hardest things about being human is learning to be patient. It’s hard to wait. From the time we’re little and can first utter those words, “Are we there yet,” we don’t like to be patient. When it comes to Heaven, we turn into those little kids. “Are we there yet?” We look around our world and know that the answer is, “No.” What could God be waiting for? Peter wrote these words:

Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. – 2 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

I know that God wants to spend eternity with us – that’s why He sent His Son, Jesus, to take our punishment on the cross. I also know that He is patiently waiting for so many more to come to faith in Jesus Christ. Every day that passes is another chance for one more to say, “I believe.” May we learn to be patient as the Lord is patient. Let us share the love of God with everyone we meet so that they will join us on the day of Christ’s return.
09
Apr
18

The Lord Wants Everyone To Be Saved

Jesus promised us that He would return. The Bible says that it will be “soon.” As we sit here nearly 2,000 years later we wonder what might be taking so long. It may seem as though God has forgotten about us. He sure seems to be taking His time in keeping this promise. The apostle Peter wrote that there is a purpose to the Lord’s patience. He wrote:

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. – 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

God’s heart beats for people who are far from Him. It can be easy to fall into the trap of selfishness. We want to go to Heaven and leave this world behind! But what about those who don’t know Jesus yet? What about those who will still believe? God wants EVERYONE to be saved. Rather than sitting around waiting for Jesus to return, let’s go out and make disciples like He told us to do.
08
Apr
18

Jesus Is The Way, The Truth And The Life

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on John 14:1-6.

05
Feb
18

The Outcome

One of the hardest things about which to preach and teach is the topic of hell. We don’t like thinking about it and we don’t like talking about it. But God’s Word talks about it and warns us that hell is real. Peter wrote:

For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” – 1 Peter 4:17-18 (NIV)

Jesus said that the road to eternal life is narrow and the gate to enter Heaven is small. The road that leads to destruction is broad and the gate is wide. In other words, few find eternal life and many are on their way to destruction. So what are followers of Christ to do? We have to sound the warning! Just because hell is real, and it is, doesn’t mean that anyone has to go there! We can warn those who are doomed that they need to fully obey the Gospel of God. We don’t do it arrogantly or with condemnation in our hearts. We’re no better for we were once on the road to destruction. We must quickly warn them out of love and compassion because Christ will return and then it will be too late.
01
Feb
18

Sticks And Stones

Peter tells us that we are blessed when we suffer for Christ. He wrote:

If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. – 1 Peter 4:14 (NIV)

Jesus said the very same thing in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. He said:

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad,because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. – Matthew 5:11-12 (NIV)

You know you’re living for Jesus when people insult you. The world mocks what it doesn’t understand. They call us Jesus freaks or they say that we need a religious crutch because we’re mentally, emotionally or spiritually weak. They say we’re all hypocrites. Maybe we are fanatical about loving our Savior. Maybe we are weak and we need Jesus to give us strength. Maybe we are hypocrites because we’re not perfect. At least we admit it. Don’t give up on your faith because you’re insulted for it. Great is your reward in Heaven.
23
Jan
18

Living Forever

Jesus commanded His followers to share the good news about Him with the entire world. He said to make more disciples everywhere we go. This way no one has to miss out on eternal life unless they choose to reject Jesus Christ. Then, they will be judged by God and condemned for all eternity. Those who accept Christ’s offer of forgiveness will live forever with Him. Peter wrote:

For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead,so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. – 1 Peter 4:6 (NIV)

The reason that the good news was and continues to be preached is so that people will be saved from their sins. We will all stand before Jesus someday. We will all be judged for everything we’ve done while here on earth. Those who follow Jesus will be declared, “Not guilty.” We will go on to our reward in Heaven where we will live with Jesus forever. Amen.



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