Message explanation: What if you knew you only had one month to live?
“Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom.” (Psalms 90:12 ).
Anyone who listens to My teaching and obeys Me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse, because it is built on rock. But anyone who hears My teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will fall with a mighty crash, (Matthew 7:24-27).
Jesus says it is not just listening but obeying that matters. Intentions are never enough, especially with our eternal destination. The decision for eternity rests upon what we put our faith in now. Jesus says to ignore Him is foolish and it leads to eternal destruction. Since #YOLO (You Only Live Once) is not true, then what happens after I die?
A wise person thinks about death (Ecclesiastes 7:4).
Death is inevitable, physical, unsearchable and the END. How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog—it's here a little while, then it's gone (James 4:14). This view brings DESPAIR
Death from God’s view
We either suffer SEPARATION (What is Hell?)
Mark 9:43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hellwith two hands Mark 9:48 ‘where the maggots never die and the fire never goes out.’ Rev. 20:10 Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 “in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power.
People in Hell are those who did not repent and trust in Jesus. BUT, Jesus came on a rescue mission to give us hope!
Or we enjoy CELEBRATION
"The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9)."
I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Revelations 21:3-4
This view brings HOPE
How to really live before you die:
1. Trust IN JESUS (2 Timothy 1:10)
Trusting in Jesus does not mean “perfect’ people, but FORGIVEN people.
2. Invest IN ETERNITY (Ecclesiastes 11:7-8)
The truth is that we will all live forever. When you trust in Jesus alone, you find eternal security in God. The good news is, you don’t have to figure it our on your own. You are not alone. God has promised to lead you and guide you on your journey. On every person’s tombstone there are two dates and a dash in between them. Those dates, of course, are the dates the person was born and the date they died. The dash in between represents their life. Right now, you are living your dash. What will you do with the “dash” you have on planet earth?
YOLO “You only live once.” is not true. We will live for eternity! Where are you headed? Heaven or Hell? Trust in Jesus
Element of Fun: We played a "minute to win it" game with the middle school students!
Music: We are the free, Freedom is here, God is able, Lead me to the Cross, Revelation Song (closing)
Favorite Moment: We had 15 students respond to Christ and decide to take the next steps of baptism. We are praising God for lives being changed and for a great team of adult volunteers who are investing into the students spiritual growth.
What’s Next: We are starting a new series, "I AM: changes who I am and changes what I do." We will be discovering the identity and power of Jesus in the book of John!
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