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The Resurrection: Cold Theology or Hot Reality (3 of 5)
Series: Foundations Of Faith
OPENING: "Do you believe in life after death?" the boss asked his younger employee.
"Well, then, that makes everything just fine," the boss went on. "About an hour after you left yesterday to go to your grandfather's funeral, he stopped in to see you."
APPLICATION: Do you believe in life after death?
I. Do you realize that many who aren't even Christians or religious believe in life after death?
They may not know why, but that's what they believe.
ILLUS: For example, Hindus believe in life after death… and life after death… and life after death… and life after death.
It seems that nearly everyone suspects that it must be true. Perhaps it's an innate feeling they have, or a nagging suspicion. Maybe it's just a hopeful expectation of what they'd like to see. A hope against hope that the grave isn't the end.
Why do Christians believe in life after death? Well… because we're Christians - that's what we're supposed to believe. It's good theology.
I Cor. 15:1-8 tells us that life after death is the main message of the Gospel - the Good News of Jesus Christ.
IN FACT in I Cor. 15:12ff Paul ticks off 7 things that would be true if resurrection were not real, and he ends by saying: "Hey, if there's no resurrection from the dead, let's eat and drink and be merry, because all that awaits us is a lonely empty grave (I Cor. 15:32b).
II. Do you believe in life after death?
If you believe simply because it's "good theology," you may encounter doubts and fears that will be difficult to overcome. When faced with the reality of death of those you love or yourself you may find yourself being vulnerable, powerless, empty. You may begin to question. After all greater minds than yours have questioned "life after death."
ILLUS: Bertrand Russell was a man who had no faith in the Bible or God. He describes in eloquent terms the ...
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