Death touches everyone. It’s one of the concrete things we all share in common. But is there life after death?
Is this world all that there is? What are the facts? What are the fictions? Paul Kiss explores these questions
and more in today’s message, “Life After Death?” We’ll look at Hebrews 2:14-15 to discover that through Jesus
we can experience life after death.
Life After Death?
Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: February 4, 2018
“From Plato to Hegel and beyond, some of the greatest philosophers declared that what you think about death, and life beyond it, is the key to thinking seriously about everything else — and, indeed, that it provides one of the main reasons for thinking seriously about anything at all.”
N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church.
1. First Things First
● Our understanding develops as we continue to learn and grow.
Text: 1 Corinthians 13:11-12; Acts 18:26
● The Bible is not clear on some things about life after death.
● Focus on what we know for sure.
Death touches everyone.
Text: 1 Corinthians 15:22; Romans 5:12; Hebrews 9:27
Jesus offers hope over death.
Text: Hebrews 2:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15; Revelation 1:18; John 3:16
2. Life After Death?
● Different theories of what happens to us at death.
At death, “the soul, during the period between death and resurrection, reposes in a state of unconsciousness.” Millard J. Erickson. Introducing Christian Doctrine
Text: Ecclesiastes 9:5,10; Daniel 12:2; 1 Thess 4:13-15; John 11:11-14
With Christ Until the Resurrection
At death our soul goes immediately to be with Jesus until the time of the final resurrection and second coming of Jesus.
Text: Philippians 1:24; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8; John 14:1-11; Hebrews 12:1-3; Revelation 6:9-11
Telescoping Theory (Immediate Translation)
The moment of death and final resurrection will seem immediate to the one who has died.
Text: 2 Peter 3:8; 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 (NLT)
3. Death, Comfort, Jesus
The Church has a responsibility to love and care for those who are hurting.
Text: 2 Corinthians 1:3-5; Luke 10:25-37
What we do in this life matters.
Text: Luke 16:19-31
The resurrection of Jesus makes all the difference.
Text: John 11:25-26; 1 Corinthians 15:17-18; Revelation 1:18; Hebrews 2:14-15
Hope – assurance – victory – no fear – death is not final
1. How has your thinking about death and life changed over the years?
2. What questions do you still have about death and/or life after death?
3. As you consider the different theories about the moment after death, which one do you tend to lean toward?
4. Read Luke 16:19-31 together. This is a parable about the importance of what we do in this life, more than it is about what happens in the next life.
a. Compare the rich man and Lazarus and make a list of all the differences between them.
b. What do you discover about them before death and after death? What are the differences, the similarities, the reversals?
c. What is significant about the fact that the rich man is not named?
b. What are the lessons Jesus is making with this story? (Cf. Luke 16:14-15).
5. How does the story in Luke 16 add to the Church’s mandate to comfort and give hope to others? 2 Corinthians 1:3-5; Luke 10:25-37
6. If someone asked you “What happens when we die,” how would you answer them after doing this study?