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Life and Death Issues
Selected Scriptures for Funeral

Intro: Attending a funeral service forces people to think about the issues of life and death. I'd like to give you four words about Life and four words about death, to take home with you and to reflect on in the days ahead.

I. Four Words on Life

A. Life is a mystery.

1. God controls its beginning and end.

2. We cannot fully understand life this side of heaven.

B. Life is a gift.

1. God creates and sustains life.

2. It is not our place to decide whether to take it away.

C. Life is a stewardship.

1. We do not own our lives.

2. One day we will turn our lives back in to God.

3. We are accountable for our stewardship (1 Cor. 4:2).

D. Life is brief.

1. "Life is a vapor" (James 4:14)

2. Funerals remind us of our own mortality

3. The shortness of life should motivate us to action for Christ.

II. Four Words about Death

A. Death is inevitable.

1. No one is exempt (except for Enoch, Elijah, and Jesus).

2. You only get one shot (Hebrews 9:27)

B. Death is an enemy.

1. Christ raised the dead (Matt. 9:25, John 11:43-44)

2. Christ has defeated death by His resurrection.

3. 1 Cor. 15:26

C. Death is ended, in a sense.

1. "I am the resurrection and the Life" (John 11:25).

2. Belief is the end of death (John 11:26).

D. Death is an entrance.

1. ". . . prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord" (II Corinthians 5:8).

2. All other religions are doors leading to destruction, but Christ leads us to death that is "Not an Exit".

3. There is only one door to Heaven (John 10:9, 14:6).

4. Faith becomes sight.

Conc.: If you've placed your trust in Christ, your last breath will be your first glimpse of glory. Live in hope, not fear (1 Thess. 4:13).

Joe McKeever

Rules for Growing Christians
Selected Scriptures


I. ‑Don't Neglect Your Prayer Time: It is the breath of the soul (Luke 18:1).

II. ‑Don't Neglect Your Bible: It is your sword for conquest, your hammer for construction, and your guiding light (Rev. 1:3).

III. ‑Don't Neglect Your Body: It is the capital on which you are to do business for the rest of your life (1 Cor. 6:19-20).

IV. ‑Don't Neglect Your Mind: It is your channel for reaching up to God's thoughts (Phil. 4:8).

V. ‑Don't Neglect Your Reputation: It is the gold with which you meet the demands of a complex civilization (Matt. 5:14-16).

VI. ‑Don't Neglect Your Influence: It will point others to the living God whom you serve (Prov. 11:6)

Bulletin Digest

Faith Is the Victory
1 John 5:4-5

Foundational Inquiry: How can one live in the world and still have a victorious life in Christ-what's the mystery of overcoming faith?

According to the Bible, overcoming faith is:

I. A Believing Faith (Heb. 11:1)

A. Acknowledging God

B. Trusting Him to be who He says He is.

II. A Pleasing Faith (Heb. 11:6)

III. A Working Faith (James 1:22) Illustration: Faith and works are the Christian's oars for crossing the River of Life. It takes both oars to keep from rowing in circles.

IV. A Sustaining Faith (2 Tim. 1:12, Psalm 55:22)

V. A Proclaiming Faith (1 Pet. 2:9-10, Acts 1:8)

VI. A Saving Faith (Eph. 2:8-9)

Application: "Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable." (1 Cor. 9:24-25).

To put your faith into action, read His Word often, study His Word deeply, wash in His Word thoroughly, share His Word constantly, and proclaim His Word boldly!

Posted by J.A. Gillmartin to

The Presence of God
Selected Scriptures

Intro: Throughout scripture, God's presence is described as unique and transformative. It is a:

I. Redeeming Presence for Help (Is. 63:9)

II. Resting Presence for Safety (Ex. 33:14)

III. Rejoicing Presence for Joy (Ps. 16:11)

IV. Regarding Presence for Love (Ps. 31:20)

V. Restoring Presence for Revival (Ps. 80:3, 7, 19)

VI. Resuscitating Presence for Health (Ps. 42:11; 43:5)

VII. Reflecting Presence for Beauty (Ps. 67:1)

F.E. Marsh
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God's Call
Luke 9:23

I. ‑The Choice: "If any man will come after me"

A. The call (Rev. 3:20).

B. The choice (Jos. 24:15)

C. The consequences (Mark 16:16)

II. The Crucifixion: "Let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily"

A. Attitudes (Matt. 26:42)

B. Affections (Matt. 22:37)

C. Ambitions (Phil. 3:10)

III. The Consecration: "And follow Me."

A. His Word (Ps. 119:9)

B. His will (Ps. 143:10)

C. His way (Is. 55:8-9)

Croft M. Pentz

The Faithful Church
Revelation 3:7-13

I. The Church Commended

A. For its works (v. 8)

B. For its strength (v.8)

1. God helps the weak (Is. 40:29-31).

2. God uses weakness (2 Cor. 12:9).

C. For keeping Christ's Word (vv. 8, 10)

D. For not denying Christ's name (v. 8)

II. The Church Counseled

A. To hold fast (v.11)

1. To their strength (v. 8).

2. Christ's Word.

3. Christ's name.

B. To overcome (v. 12)

1. Opposition.

2. Attacks on their witness.

C. To Listen to the Spirit (v. 13)

III. The Church Promised

A. To be kept from the hour of temptation (v. 10)

B. To be made a pillar in God's temple (v. 12)

Victor Knowles

Wait on the Lord
Psalm 27

Foundational Inquiry: What four things does David tell us are needed for a right relationship with our God?

I. His Grace Is Always Needed! (v.7)

II. His Presence Is Always Needed! (v. 9)

III. His Instruction Is Always Needed!
(v. 11)

Application/Challenge: I said there were four things David told us we needed to have but only listed threeso what is the fourth? Verses 13 and 14 tell us our patience is always needed!

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