Presentation on theme: "How Christians Die. Facing Death How we face death makes a statement about how we choose to live, Heb. 11:35 It was said of early Christians… “And if."— Presentation transcript:
Facing Death How we face death makes a statement about how we choose to live, Heb. 11:35 It was said of early Christians… “And if any righteous man among them passes from the world, they rejoice and offer thanks to God; and they escort his body as if he were setting out from one place to another near.” -Aristides (125 AD) 1 Ths. 4:13; Psa. 116:15 2
Christians Die in Hope Phil. 1:21-23; Col. 1:3-5; 1 Ths. 4:13-16 With the joy of eternal salvation, 1 Ths. 1:10; 5:9-11 With an expectation of resurrection of life, Jno. 5:28-29; 1 Cor. 15:20-22, 51-53; 6:14 With a desire for heaven, 2 Cor. 5:1; Jno. 14:2-3; Heb. 11:13-16 3
Christians Die in Comfort 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 Although pain may attend our death, what is beyond gives us blessed assurance, not fear Assurance God is in control, 1 Cor. 15:24-26; Heb. 2:14-15; 2 Tim. 1:10 (Rev. 1:17-18) Victory over death in Jesus, Rev. 14:13; Rom. 8:38-39 4
Christians Die in Faith Hebrews 11:13 Confidently believing in the future judgment – We are ready; others are not, Heb. 9:27; 10:26-27 – Time of righting wrongs, of rest and divine vengeance, 2 Ths. 1:3-9 Confidently believing in the future reward, 2 Tim. 4:6-8; 1 Pet. 1:4; Col. 3:4 5
Live Preparing to Die Worldly: “Live it up – don’t think of death.” Atheist: “Live for now – this is all there is.” Fatalist: “Life and death have already been arranged – you can’t change them.” Christian: “Live for heaven – this is not all there is!” When you die and meet the Lord – will you meet a stranger or a friend? Jno. 14:3; Heb. 10:30-31 6
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