UNDERSTANDING DEATH AND THE LIFE AFTER

 

PURPOSE

 

In this study, we will research the many aspects of death and dying.  

 

OPENER

 

How do you feel about death?  Are you afraid of dying?

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LESSON

 

1.      FIRST, WHAT DOES (JAMES 4:14) TELL US ABOUT LIFE?

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Since life is short and unpredictable, and since Jesus' Second Coming could be right around the corner, according to the verses below, how are we to be living and preparing ourselves for the afterlife?

 

(Colossians 3:1-4)

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(2 Peter 3:11-14)

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2.      SECOND, EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE.

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Where do our physical bodies go after we die (Psalm 16:10; Job 11:8 NASV)?

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Where do our spirits go after we die (Luke 16:19-31) and how does the Bible describe these places?

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After spending time at Abraham's side, or in Hades, what will happen next (John 5:28-29; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)?

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After Jesus' Second Coming, we must all appear before what (2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 9:27; Acts 17:31)?

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After the judgement, where will people go to spend eternity (Matthew 25:46)?

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3.      THIRD, WHAT WILL HEAVEN BE LIKE?

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Read the following verses.  From these verses, what are some of the benefits of heaven?

 

(Revelation 21:3)

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(Revelation 21:4)

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(Revelation 7:16-17)

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(Revelation 21:4)

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What do you think we will do in heaven?

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Why do you want to go to heaven?

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4.      FOURTH, WHAT WILL HELL BE LIKE?

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Read the following verses.  How do these passages describe hell?

 

(Matthew 25:41)

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(Revelation 20:10)

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(Matthew 8:10-12; 25:28-30)

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(Matthew 25:46)

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5.      FIFTH, HERE ARE SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER ABOUT THE DEATH OF CHRISTIANS.

 

Read the following verses.  What benefits do you see in the death of Christians?

 

(Psalm 116:15)

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(Philippians 1:21)

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(Isaiah 57:2)

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(Isaiah 57:1; 2 Kings 22:20)

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6.      LASTLY, HERE ARE SOME CLOSING QUESTIONS.

 

If Jesus came back today, or if you died today, would you be spiritually ready to meet God?  

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If you feel that you are prepared, then praise the Lord (1 John 5:13).  However, if you feel that you are not yet prepared, please read the following verses and explain what God wants you to do in order to get prepared.  

 

(John 20:30-31; Romans 1:16-17)  

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(Acts 17:30; 3:19; Luke 13:3)  

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(Matthew 10:32-33)

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(Acts 2:38; Mark 16:15-16; 1 Peter 3:21)

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(Revelation 2:10; Matthew 10:22)

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Since God has graciously provided (Ephesians 2:8-10) you with the opportunity of salvation, do you want to receive it at this time?

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CONCLUSION:

 

1.      Although the Bible teaches that we will all die physically, we can however all live spiritually.

 

2.      If we are prepared spiritually, then we will live in heaven for all of eternity.  On the other hand, if we are not prepared, then we will live in hell for eternity.

 

3.      May we all choose the wonderful path that leads to heaven.  

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