Pastor Steve Williams : Choices, Chances, and Our Eternity

Unbelievable · 49:13 · Recorded May 10, 2020

Choices, Chances & Our Eternity

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?”

The options before us

“That’s all folks!”

“It’s not the end, and it’ll be alright.”

“It’s not the end, but I’m gonna’ be okay.”

“It’s not the end, but I’ll need some help!”

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.

Death, the dividing line

Hebrews 9:27 (NAS) It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.

“Spiritual death” separates my core being from God’s Spirit.

“Physical death” separates my sense of me from this world.

“Eternal death” separates me from my real destiny.

Death isn’t my termination, but a transition to my eternity.

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

A travel advisory

1. Get on the right road to the right destiny.

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.”

It’s not too late to change course now.

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.”

2. Thrive by reorienting your whole life-focus.

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.

What will matter then should matter now.

The values esteemed there must be embraced here.

The glory of God, the will of God, the Kingdom of God.

##### ‘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.

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