4/19/2020 Sunday Service
“The Funeral Sermon I’ll Never Preach” Psalm 90:12; James 4:13-15 Pastor Erik J. Ferguson Sermon Idea: Nowhere does the Bible guarantee any of us tomorrow. Body: I. The 1st part of the funeral sermon I’ll never preach I’d specifically address my loved ones. A. I would humbly share my testimony with my loved ones. B. I would share some favorite Bible verses with my loved ones--Proverbs 3:56; John 15:5; Romans 5:8; 1 John 1:9; Philippians 1:6b; Galatians 5:16. C. I would thank my loved ones. D. I would assure my loved ones as to where I’m at—2 Corinthians 5:8. E. I would challenge my loved ones. (1) I would challenge my saved loved ones to live or Christ. (2) I would challenge my unsaved loved ones to receive Christ before it’s too late. II. The 2nd part of the funeral sermon I’ll never preach I’d remind everyone in attendance the many gains associated with dying in the faith. --Philippians 1:21; John 14:1-3. A. Gain #1: The departed Christians gains a new and better home--Hebrews 13:14. B. Gain #2: The departed Christian gains a heavenly reunion--2 Samuel 12:23. C. Gain #3: The departed Christian gains a new and perfect body. (1) Their new and perfect body will be eternal--1 Corinthians 15:51-55. (2) Their new and perfect body will be similar to Christ’s resurrected body. —Philippians 3:21. (3) Their new and perfect body will be void of pain and suffering--Revelation 21:4. (4) Their new and perfect body will also be recognizable--John 20:19; John 21:12. III. The 3rd part of the funeral sermon I’ll never preach I’d earnestly preach to the lost. A. I would preach sin as being deadly and damning--Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:22b-23; Romans 6:23. B. I would preach salvation as God’s gift readily available to all who ask--John 3:16; Romans 10:13. C. I would preach Christ as man’s only hope of heaven—John 14:6. D. I would preach hell as awaiting the unbeliever—2 Peter 3:9; John 3:36. Final Earnest Plea: Receive Christ while you still can. Receiving Christ is as easy as A, B, C. A=Admitting you’re a sinner. B=Believing Jesus died in your place and God raised Him from the dead. C=Confessing your sins.