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Is There Life After Death? (1 of 3)
Series: Stairway to Heaven
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Col. 3:1 (NLT)
• Eccl. 3:11 (NLT)
• 2 Cor. 5:1 (NLT)
One Moment After Death You'll Either …
• Experience separation in eternity
• 2 Thess. 1:8-9 (NLT)
We're starting a new series today I'm calling Heaven Is For Real as we're going to ask some very deep and important questions like: Is heaven a real place? What is heaven like? Will I recognize my loved ones in heaven? Are angels real? But, probably the most important question is: Why study heaven in the first place? Well, the reason is because most of us aren't too excited about heaven. We're real interested in this earth, but we don't think too much about heaven because the truth is, even though we know it's broken down here, and there's pain and problems and tragedy, really we think broken is better than boring, because usually when we think of heaven, we think it's going to be boring. One guy said: When I think of heaven, I think of one long boring church service for all eternity - like the church I grew up in as a kid. But the Bible says heaven is anything but boring. It's not all white and cloudy and mystical. It's a real place. You're not going to be an angel in heaven sitting on a cloud. God already has enough angels. You're not going to be a chubby cherub. Don't worry about that. You won't be playing a harp. Heaven is anything but boring. It's the most exciting, fulfilling, adventurous place - the most beautiful place we could imagine. That's the problem. We can't really imagine it, it's so beautiful.
I want you to open up your Bibles to our key verse: Col. 3:1. And, would you stand in honor of God's Word, and just know as you're standing, you're standing with everyone who's worshipping with us at our East Campus. We want to welcome all of you who are worshipping with us from our East Campus - Woodlands Church East. We're one church, but we're in two locations, but we're still one church and we read God's Word together, so just read this out loud with me. "Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven where Christ sits at God's right hand in the place of honor and power."
Lord, I thank you that heaven is real, and I pray that as we study this over the next few weeks that it would just become so real in our lives, that it would change the way we live here on this earth, and Lord, that's really the whole point, isn't it? You tell us about heaven and what it's going to be like so that we can really live with the light of eternity in our hearts and minds, so it can change everything we do here on this earth.