Death comes to us all. But the timing is rather unpredictable for most of us. Reynard Graham explores the preparation for the expiration of our current bodies.
God’s creation is good. But it is not at rest. It is fallen. And it is groaning. We too groan within it, longing for something more, longing for a state like Eden without the curse of sin and death which affects all creation. Romans 8 helps us make sense of history and God’s redemptive plan by viewing it all through the lens of the resurrection - Phase 1 with Jesus and Phase 2 still in our future.
How should we use the term “Christian”?
What will happen to the unimmersed on the Day of Judgment?
Why do we not come together for prayer gatherings in response to crisis like past generations did?
In our followup to a previous lesson on the biblical presentation of Hell, we explore some tough questions about Final Judgment, Degrees of Accountability, and the Justice of God when it comes to Hell.
In the first of 2 sermons on Hell, we explore the images the Bible uses to describe Hell and Hell’s relationship with the choices we are making now.
In exploring the general resurrection through 2 exciting passages, we reflect on 2 questions the Bible itself asks on our behalf: How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?
Recently we spoke of an intermediate state following the death of the current body, a time during which we wait for a future event. This event is called “The Coming of the Lord” or “The Day of the Lord.” We begin today to explore some texts which describe what happens on this day, starting with the message in 1 Thessalonians.
The average person is comfortable with the resurrection story because they don't truly understand it and they don't grasp its conclusions. We reflect on Luke's record of Jesus' resurrection appearances and why we should either be terrified or thrilled by what it means. There is no middle ground.
The Bible teaches a two-stage understanding of the afterlife. The final stage is the general resurrection of the just and the unjust. The Bible spends most of its time speaking of this final stage. But what happens in between the time of my death and the time of Jesus' coming? We begin with some of the options of how people ancient and modern have understood this intermediate state and then examine biblical clues on stage one of our existence beyond the grave.
Everything within us objects to the reality of death. And yet it is still here, at least for now. We explore Death as an Intruder, as an Executioner, and ultimately as One who has been defeated.