The Happiest-Ever-After Ending (sermon)
This is a sermon that focuses in on the promise of heaven. It places the promise of a new heaven and a new earth in the context of THE STORY of Scripture.
Texts referenced: Genesis 1-3; II Corinthians 5.1-4, 8; Philippians 1.21; Revelation 21-22
Context: Sunday AM, January 6, 2008 @ CCC (2 days after Chris DeWitt's death)
MOVEMENT #1: Reflections on 2 Corinthians 5.1-4, 8 and Philippians 1.21.
MOVEMENT #2: Obviously, death is difficult especially for those left behind.
BIG IDEA: a proper view of heaven changes our outlook on death.
MOVEMENT #3: Tracing THE STORY of Scripture
(4 major events -- everything else fits as part of this story):
- Paradise Created (Genesis 1-2)
- Paradise Lost (Genesis 3)
- Paradise Restored (Revelation 21-22)
MOVEMENT #4: Within this final section, we looked at the following features of heaven:
- It's free of the wrong stuff.
- It's full of the right stuff.
- It's a permanent home in God's presence.
Painting/art work of Jesus welcoming a person home into heaven.