by Joe Alain

We Can Only Imagine: A Funeral Sermon
Joe Alain
2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10

Opening Song: ''How Great Thou Art''

Welcome and Obituary Reading:

In 2 Corinthians 4-5 we have a great encouragement from God's Word to not be discouraged in this life regardless of the outward circumstances, for as God's children we have an incredible future. God not only takes care of us in this life, but he will provide everything we need in the life to come.

Scripture Reading and Prayer: 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10

God's grace makes it possible for us to know Him, to experience this wonderful hope that we have. His grace also sustains us in life's journey and his grace will lead us home. His grace is truly amazing, the message of this enduring song.
Song: ''Amazing Grace''

Thoughts from the Family:

Message: Pastor
I want to share several thoughts of encouragement to you from God's Word this morning from the passage that I read a few moments ago. Here we find an incredible word of comfort and hope.

1. The Bible tells us that we need not lose heart during times of affliction (2 Cor. 4:16-18).
Even though our outward body is perishing, the inward person is being renewed day by day (v.16). Our earthly suffering can not compare to how glorious the now unseen but very real heaven will be (v.17). Our brother and friend is not suffering and confined to his earthly body anymore, he's no longer struggling, he is not bound by human limitations any longer, he is experiencing God's new life. And that which we cannot see this morning, Paul says, is actually more real and permanent than what we can see (v.18). We can only imagine how wonderful heaven will be!

2. The Bible tells us that God prepares for each of us a new dwelling place in heaven (2 Cor. 5:1-4)
There are many pictures of death in the Bible, and I am glad to report to you that none of them mean the end! Death is described as a sleep. When you take a restful sleep you do so with the full expectation that you wi ...

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