Advocates of the teaching known as "soul sleep" point to a variety of Bible passages in which the word "sleep" is often used in the context of death and/or the resurrection. Are they right? Let's examine these passages in tonight's message.
Part of the series:
Heaven: Land of the Free and Home of the Saved
Six questions are asked and answered from Scripture about Heaven:
Synopsis: In answer to the question, What is Heaven like?, we find another characteristic designed to energize us towards living a life that outweighs the pain and hardships of our current realities seen with the physical eye with the grander, greater realities seen with the eye of faith!
Synopsis: If God is omnipresent, how can the Bible teach that Heaven is His dwelling place? After all, how can an omnipresent Being be said to dwell anywhere (i.e. dwell or be in one specific location)?
Synopsis: "Unfamiliarity with Heaven makes a dull and worldly Christian." We can't afford to ignore the glory and reality of Heaven as if it had no present significance or impact on our thinking and living! What is Heaven like? It is presented in terms of a kingdom!
Synopsis: Have you ever wondered, "What happens to me the second after I die?" God's Word has solid answers to give! One thing is certain whether you know the Lord as your Savior or don't: the end of one's earthly existence is not the end of life at all!
Synopsis: Tonight we look at two other views of what happens to believers between their physical death and the resurrection. Does the Bible really teach the concept of soul sleep and is Purgatory found in the Bible?
Synopsis: The testimony of Scripture is always a very consistent and accurate one. So when it comes to informing us what happens the moment we die and where do we go when we die, we can trust what God has said. So what about soul sleep? Purgatory? Doesn't a born-again believer enter straight into Heaven upon his physical death?
Synopsis: In this message we look at the OT book that provides us with the most vivid and detailed scene of Heaven and the visions of God. We also look at a NT book that gives information very similar in detail to what the OT reveals! What we find is that language fails us to adequately describe the beauty and splendor of Heaven. Here are two key truths that are revealed about it!
Synopsis: The hope of the OT believer and the NT believer is the same: they share a confident expectation of future blessings that focus on a future new heaven and a new earth. Tonight's message focuses on the process that leads up to that new creation of God referred to in Revelation 21.
Synopsis: The Apostle John was given the privilege of seeing a coming new heaven and a new earth. The characteristics of this future home of every born-again believer bears some similarities to the present heaven and earth but there are some striking differences! Rather than being "pie-in-the-sky theology," these truths are designed to impact our current thinking and living. Here's how....
Synopsis: How can Heaven be such a joyful, perfect place of no sadness when I know that some of my loved ones will not be there to enjoy it with me? When there will never be any hope of a reunion with those loved ones who rejected Christ? Here's what God's Word has to say about that!
Synopsis: The good news of the Bible is that Heaven is a real place, a perfect place, because God is there. Tonight we note seven characteristics about this prepared place for a prepared people. Has God qualified you for entrance there?
Synopsis: The detailed description of the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21 led one scholar to call this holy city, "The Crown Jewel of the New Heaven and New Earth." Is this a literal place or a symbolic place? What is it like? This message is part 1 of a study on the New Jerusalem, the City of God that has been prepared for all those who are born-again.
Synopsis: Not only is the New Jerusalem glorious because God's radiant splendor shines right through everything, but it is glorious also because of its construction. Tonight we look at that construction. What a blessing that God not only has the power to create such a real and beautiful place but the power to save us so we can enjoy that beautiful place. That same power also assures us He is able to keep His promises to bring all of this to pass. Will you be there?
Synopsis: Our passage tonight describes for us the uniqueness and incredible beauty of the foundations upon which the walls of the New Jerusalem rest. Not only are foundations stones testimony of the lavishness with which God has adorned this City as being expressive of the beauty of His own Person, but there are great points of application for us to draw from this passage. Valuable lessons are here to motivate us to a proper focus and proper perspective on life on earth as we live with an upward and forward look.
Synopsis: The New Jerusalem is the prepared place for all born-again believers that our Lord Jesus referred to in John 14:1-3. After having looked at the construction of this city, we now move to consider its contents. As we do, there is great truth to encourage us in our daily walk with the Lord.
Synopsis: Revelation 22 opens with two prominent features inside the New Jerusalem: the River of Life and the Tree of Life. Our text tonight add more insight as to what we can expect to find inside this City! The message closes with points of application as we consider that this life is a dress rehearsal for our time in eternity!