LEARNING ABOUT HEAVEN FROM THE PAST
The Church Should Sing for Heaven’s Sake: When and Why We Stopped Singing about Heaven, and How to Start AgainBy Matthew Westerholm | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020
Churches that neglect heaven don’t serve their members well because they make promises they cannot keep.
While the Puritans are often remembered for preaching about the horrors of hell, they gave far more attention to the glories of heaven.
ESTABLISHING THE FOUNDATIONS
Does Scripture offer more than a few scattered references to heaven? Even more, does heaven play any part in the Bible’s storyline?
Christians should never think of obedience, love, or service in terms of earning some future pay-off.
The biblical texts relating to this issue are many and diverse, but not contradictory. If you take any one of them and treat it as the whole picture, you will almost surely lead people astray.
While we may struggle now with how the eternal destruction of the wicked could be a cause for joy, we won’t struggle forever.
HEAVEN IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
Sometimes, I ask myself: How can I live and serve Christ in such a crumbling place?
The older I get, the more I long for heaven. But this longing isn’t tempting me to curl up on the couch, cover my eyes, and simply wait for this terrible world to go away.
What joy it will be to finally see, hear, touch, and taste things as God truly and eternally intended!
Ephesians 2:7 is telling you that your death is not an end but a beginning. Not a wall, but a door. Not an exit, but an entrance.
I was the first of the fourth generation of the family, and, being the oldest by several years, spent considerable time with my great-grandmother, much of it alone. I liked her.
We asked pastors around the world this question: «How have you encouraged Christians experiencing significant persecution with the hope of heaven?»
HEAVEN AND THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH
Your local church is an embassy and the temporary geography of heaven. Have you ever thought about that?
The Lord’s Supper is an appetizer for the feast that will commence on the day when Christ reunites heaven and earth.
When we think of church discipline, it’s easy for us to detach it from our future hope. But we must guard against that temptation.
HOW HEAVEN SHAPES OUR PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY
On your worst day, or during your worst week, or after what may feel like the worst possible start to ministry you can imagine, there’s reason to rejoice, reason to hold out hope. Your name is written in heaven.
I should have talked more about the hope of heaven at the beginning of my ministry because I certainly can’t quit talking about it now as I near my ministry’s end.
Paul repeatedly connects the implications of eternal life to his pastoral labor. In this article, I will highlight seven of those implications.
Scripture doesn’t describe heaven generically, but specifically, with details meant to grip our hearts in times of trouble.
Here are four ways we can preach about heaven that will help both our people and ourselves put off an unhealthy desire to treat the material things of this life as our ultimate treasure.
We should talk about heaven in our evangelism because it’s the ultimate goal of the gospel’s promise.
Every person on the planet will live forever. The sooner we accept that reality, the sooner we will pursue missions with urgency, focus, and perseverance.
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