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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matthew 1–2: On The Virgin Mary, a Hail Mary, and Casper the Friendly Ghost (A Special Christmas Episode)By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 12.21.2020
To be sure, the Old Testament prophesies the birth of Jesus. But that may not mean what you think it means . . .
When God’s people gather for corporate worship to sit under God’s Word, it’s different than a Bible study or a Sunday School class. It is—or at least it should be—transcendent.
Genesis 42–43: On Joseph’s Brilliant, Premeditated-ish Plan for His Bowed-Down Brothers (Bible Talk, Ep. 15)By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 12.16.2020
In Genesis 42–43, Joseph has a brilliant plan to see if his brothers have been humbled, or if they’re still as wicked as they were when they threw him into a well and sold him into slavery.
At the beginning of Genesis 40, Joseph is living in the belly of the beast: an Egyptian prison. By the end of Genesis 41, he’s Pharaoh‘s second-in-command. But no matter his station, God’s favor remains on Joseph.