Last month our associate pastor preached about Heaven. There’s a second possible eternal destination that also needs to be discussed: Hell. We don’t like talking about Hell, but it is an important part of our beliefs and needs to be discussed.
“These are such weighty things, such that when I dwell upon them, I feel far more inclined to sit down and weep than to stand up and speak to you.” - Charles Spurgeon
Three things about Hell we learn from the last two chapters:
Hell is a place of eternal torment.
People say, “is it really eternal?” … Unfortunately, yes.
People say, “How is fair?” … Sin gains its wickedness by who it is against. When we sin against an eternal, omnipotent God, the punishment has to fit the sin. Consider the difference in punishment you would face for punching a random passerby versus punching the Queen of England. Is God not infinitely greater than even the Queen?
People say, “Why not just forgive everyone’s sins?” … God is just and being just, He requires justice. Fortunately, He provided us with a way out: Jesus. Jesus was willing to take the punishment for all our sins Himself.
People say, “Why doesn’t God do something now instead of waiting for the end?”
Hell is a door locked from the inside … When a fire goes unchecked/uncontrolled, it grows and grows. Those who sin without seeking forgiveness by repentance will continue to sin.
Hell is our default destination … Most people tend to believe Heaven is the default destination, but the Bible tells us differently. The Bible says we were made for Heaven, but the fall, sin, changed our default destination to Hell. However, there is a way to change our destination to Heaven, and that is faith in Jesus, repenting of our sins.
What do we need to do in light of this ETERNAL reality? Matthew 28:18-20
Go - Be present with people … as you do life, spend time with people
Make Disciples - Share the Gospel … Romans 10 asks some questions that are intended to prompt us to share the Gospel. They can’t hear the Gospel if we don’t speak it.
Baptize - Invite people to the family … don’t just invite people into our faith, but also into our community. Invite people to church, to your connection group or Sunday school class.
Teaching - To follow Jesus … by teaching people to follow Jesus we also teach them how to teach people to follow Jesus.
Jesus has given us authority to share His message.
Jesus is with us always. We don’t evangelize alone because Jesus is always with us.