Job 14:7-10, 14 (NIV) “At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again…Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant. But man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more… If a man dies, will he live again?”
John 3:16-17 (NIV) “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT) God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Hebrews 9:27 (NAS) It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.
Psalm 116:15 (NCV) The death of one that belongs to the LORD is precious in his sight.
Matthew 10:28 (NRSV) “Do not fear those who kill the body but can-not kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Go to northpointe.org/messages/everlasting for teaching videos on Heaven and Hell by Pastors Steve Williams & Shane Ham from 2018’s EVERLASTING series – “An Eternal Home” and “An Eternal Doom”
John 14:2-6 (NIV) “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 5:24; 6:47 (CSB) “Truly I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not come under judgment but has passed from death to life…I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.”
Romans 2:5-8 (NCV) Everyone will see God’s right judgments. God will reward or punish every person for what that person has done. Some people, by always continuing to do good, live for God’s glory, for honor, and for life that has no end. God will give them life forever. But other people are selfish. They refuse to follow truth and, instead, follow evil. God will give them his punishment and anger.
##### ‘Talk It Over’ Questions
– React to this quote by Eugene Peterson: “*The way of faith is not a fad that is taken up in one century only to be discarded in the next. It lasts. It is a way that works. It has been tested thoroughly. It is the way of life we were created for*.”
– What’s your most pressing question about our eternal after-life that you’d ask Jesus if you could meet him for coffee today? How often/ when do you find yourself thinking most about heaven or hell?
– Read Jesus’ words in Luke 16:19-31. What follow-up questions would you have asked Jesus if you’d been one of his disciples overhearing his words that day? Quickly peruse the first part of Luke 16 preceding the story in verses 19-31. What ideas there might have bearing on why Jesus told this story? Note especially Jesus’ words in verses 14-15. What things (mentioned in this chapter) clearly fall into the category of being “valued by men but detestable to God?”
– In verses 27-31 the rich man talks about his 5 brothers. Since lack of knowledge of scripture wasn’t their problem, what was? How do you see that same tendency in yourself?
– Note the words St. Paul uses in Romans 2:5-8 (NCV) printed on your outline. Why are the things mentioned there important to God? Review point 2 and the sub-points Steve emphasized last. How would paying attention to these last three things “take care of” the issues mentioned in Romans 2:5-8?
– Look over the scriptures cited in this message. Which speaks to you with real clarity and assurance? Which do you find yourself most intrigued by?
– Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at **northpointe.org/kids** where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.
A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.