Selflessness, Obedience, and Self-Control series, Bible Study 05/16/18

“Selflessness”

Bible Study 05/16/18

Delivered by Bishop Walker III

I.                Introduction

 

  1. Mark 10:44-45 (NKJV) says 44 And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
  2. Philippians 2:3-4 (NKJV) says 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
  3. In order to understand Selflessness, it is a good idea to compare it to s
  4. Selfishness is characterized by concern or care of only for It describes the made up word, I-istic. I-istic is the thought that everything revolves around what I want or need.
  5. When you receive Christ, you must know that Christ’s selflessness must become part of yourself. Putting this into practice, you move from a state of me to
  6. Selflessness is at the highest form of humility. It is the giving of something not knowing that it will be rewarded or payed back.
    1. For example, if you gave something to someone and you keep reminding them of it, then this is not an example of selflessness. Selflessness is doing it, because it is in your nature to do it. In other words, you don’t expect anything in return.
  7. If you do something with expectation, then you did it out of selfishness not selflessness.
    1. John 3:16 (NKJV) says 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. – God gave His son to us
    2. Romans 5:8 (NKJV) says 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.- God extended love to us, not having assurance that we would love him back.
  8. In the concept of love, you have the Lover and Lovee. The Lover is the giver of love. The Lovee is the recipient of that love. Love is measured by the Lover, not the Lovee. The Lover will love the Lovee until the Lovee learns to love them back. God loved us, before we knew to love him.
    1. Philippians 2:5-8 (NKJV) says 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it [a]robbery to be equal with God, 7 but [b]made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.- He humbled himself. This suggests that selflessness is only possible where there is humility. The opposite of humility is pride and pride goes before destruction and it feeds the ego. You can’t worship, if you are being worshipped.
  9. The root of selfishness is sin. Sin separates us from God. If you are separated from God, then your ego must be fed. This makes you think you don’t need God and as a result, you won’t serve God.
  10. Selfless people are seen as heroic, because nowadays, this is something you don’t see every day.
    1. It’s funny, people that don’t’ have anything to be arrogant about, are the very people who are arrogant. It is all about attitude.

II.              The Attitude of Being Selfless

  1. Psychotherapist, F. Dian Barth, states that the two primary characteristics of selfishness are as follows:
    1. Being Concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself.
    2. Having No regard for the needs or feelings of others.
  2. Selfless is being concerned about others. How many of you grew up with siblings? When you are selfless, you want to make sure everyone has eaten, before you eat the last piece.
    1. Romans 12:2 (NKJV) says 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.– This is an issue of culture.
  3. You can’t allow yourself to be influenced by culture. The church should influence culture, not the other way around.
    1. If you conform to culture, then you will be spiritually deformed, and therefore cannot perform.
    2. Philippians 2:4 (NKJV) says 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. – Selflessness is concerned about others. Selfishness is concerned only about one’s self.
  4. Your decisions matter. Your decisions affect other people.
    1. What about the things you post on Facebook for example. The decisions you make now can mess you or somebody else up 5 to 10 yrs down the road.
      1. 1 Corinthians 10:24 (NKJV) 24 Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.- When you think of only yourself, you are still in an immature state.

III.            The Action of Bestowing Selfless Love

  1. 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 (NKJV) 13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body [a]to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not [b]puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, [c]thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.– Love is an act of selflessness
  2. 3 things
  3. Your gifts are not a replacement for walking in love.
  4. Love is not an act, it consists of action.
  5. Love is not self-serving or selfish, love is selfless.
  6. Galatians 5:14 (NKJV) says 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
  7. Proverbs 3:27-28 (NKJV) says 27 Do not withhold good from [a]those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it,” When you have it with you.
  8. Philippians 2:13 (NKJV) 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

IV.           The Approach to Being a Selfless Leader

Bishop tells the story of being called to preach when he was 20. He was planning to be a lawyer, when God first called him. At first Bishop resisted the call. Bishop interpreted the call as him having to give up his plans to do what God wanted him to do. For him, the struggle was in giving up me for we.

Being 20 yrs old, Bishop wondered if he could put the call off for a while, so he could live a little first. Finally Bishop said yes to God. He was finally willing to submit, but then he was introduced to the scripture that teaches “To follow Christ, he must first deny himself”.

In denying himself, he found out that his fraternity brothers no longer wanted to invite him to the parties anymore. Bishop would walk into places and everyone would start hiding their smokes and their alcoholic beverages. This made Bishop feel like he was no longer normal.

This caused Bishop’s flesh to start rebelling. Bishop finally decided to go to God about it. God reminded Bishop that it was He that made him, not himself.

  1. Everything you do should be a result of your call, if you are truly working in purpose. If you go to work, is your vocation, but what you do while you are at work is part of your call. In other words, you can take a sabbatical from your vocation, but not your call. You can’t run from your, because your call will chase you down. For example, we have heard people say, “I used to be a Minister”. How in the world can you “used to be a Minister”?
  2. For those who are thinking about quitting your ministry, here’s a word that should help you. Luke 9:62(NKJV) says 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”- When it comes to kingdom assignment, you keep plowing no matter the situation. If you think about yourself and not the assignment along with the people that your assignment affects, then you will eventually get tired and quit.
  3. 1 Corinthians 9:19 (NKJV) says 19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;- Selflessness means I don’t have my own agenda.
  4. Philippians 2:21 (NKJV) says 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.- To get past the I-istic phase, you realize that you are chosen to do this. You have to know that it’s not all about you.

 

  1. 14 Characteristic of selfless leader
  2. Leaders ask questions and listen carefully.
  3. Leaders bring other with them on the journey.
  4. Leaders create a leadership environment to foster learning and growth.
  5. Leaders encourage and build up others.
  6. Leaders do what’s right even when it’s unpopular.
  7. Leaders are quick to work on and develop themselves.
  8. Leaders recognize the growth of others.
  9. Leaders recognize wisdom.
  10. Leaders recognize that talent is never enough.
  11. Leaders focus on the right things.
  12. Leaders are persevering.
  13. Leaders fail forward.
  14. Leaders act courageously.
  15. Leaders make decisions early and manage them daily.
  16. Luke 6:38 (NKJV) says 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”- What you release in earth and into others, will be released back to you.

V.             Conclusion

  1. 1 Peter 3:8 (NKJV) says 8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be [a]courteous;- ,
  2. Luke 6:35 (NKJV) says 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, [a]hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
  3. Conclusion story

Bishop explains, he had this moment with God and something came into his head. He had gotten tired of investing and pouring into people just to be hurt. Bishop had the question, “Should be nonrelation”? He had simply become tired of people.

 

The Lord was like, “So is this where we are”? Jesus said if they slap you, turn the other check. This simply means if they disrespect you, let them do it again. God said to Bishop, “Don’t let what people did to you, change you”. If you allow what people have done to you, change you, then you cut off a portal of blessing. Everything you have and have encountered is a direct result of who you are.

 

God said, “You can’t allow those few people change who you are”. Some of them you want to give them a piece of your mind. God said to Bishop, “Let it go. Let it go”. He says, “Cast your cares upon me, for you”. He continued to say, “Come unto me those who are heavy laden and I will give you rest”.

 

God said, “You can’t be selflessness with the guarantee that they will give it back to you. You got to continue being who you are”. Bishop was on the verge of slipping into a dark place.

  1. Galatians 6:9 (NKJV) says 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. – If you do not let it break you, change your, or effect you, it will pay off. Jesus said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”.
  2. Your blessing is still in being kind, loving, and authentic. It is not about you, it is about being a blessing to somebody else.

 

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Death, Hell, and Heaven Part III, Bible Study 04/25/18

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Heaven

Synopsis of Bible Study 04/25/18

Delivered by Bishop Walker III

 

John 14:2, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

 

I.                Introduction

Heaven is a real place. It is where God’s people will dwell after this life is over.

Studies show that nearly 80% of people believe that there is a Heaven and 82% of people expect to go to heaven.

“To speak of heaven is to affirm that the human longing to see God will one day be fulfilled – that we shall finally be able to gaze upon the face of what Christianity affirms to be the most wondrous sight anyone can hope to behold.” –Alister McGrath

“To enter heaven is to become more human than you ever succeeded in being on earth; to enter hell, is to be banished from humanity.” –C. S. Lewis

In heaven you will be your truest form of yourself, because you will be in the presence of God. Sin disconnected you from your real creation. When you die and go to heaven, you will be reconnected with your real God intended self.

Two words to remember about Heaven: Rest and Peace.

7 Biblical Facts about Heaven:

  1. It is God’s dwelling place. Psalm 33:13 (NKJV) says13 The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. – Heaven is the place where we believe God lives.
  2. It is where Christ is today Acts 1:11 (NKJV)  says 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
  3. Is where Christians go when they die. Philippians 1:21-23 (NKJV) says 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For[a] I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
  4. Is the location of the Father’s house. Luke 23:43 (NKJV) says 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
  5. Heaven is a city designed and built by God. Hebrews 11:10 (NKJV) says 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

II.              What is heaven?

Heaven used to express several things in the bible.

A.    Heaven an area above the earth.

Genesis 1:8 (NKJV) says 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.

Genesis 11:4 (NKJV) says 4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

  1. The bible gives us revelation regarding the 3 heavens.
  2. The first heaven is where the birds fly. It is the natural sky.
  3. The second heaven is where the stars and the moon rest. This is the area that we also consider to be outer space.
  4. The third heaven is beyond human reach. This is where we believe the Throne of God exists.

B.     Heaven is the dwelling place of God.

  1. Genesis 28:17 (NKJV) says 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!”
  2. Revelation 21:2 (NKJV) says 2 Then I, John,[a] saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.,
  3. Revelation 21:10 (NKJV) says 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy[a] Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, – Heaven is a real place.
  4. John 14:23 (NKJV) says 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.– God wants us to experience heaven on this side as well as the afterlife.

C.     Heaven is used interchangeably with the name of God in Heaven.

  1. In the Parable of Prodigal son, Luke 15:21 (NKJV) 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
  2. John 3:27 (NKJV) says 27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.

D.    Kingdom of God is used interchangeable.

  1. Matthew 4:17 (NKJV) says 17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
  2. Mark 1:15 (NKJV) says 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”- You can’t have a kingdom without a king.
  3. When you think about a kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven is a theocracy. It is governed by our King, which is God.
  4. We live in a democracy, governed by folk we have elected to lead us.
  5. In a theocracy, the leader elects you. Paul says we’re the elect of God. You didn’t choose him, he chose you.
  6. Majority rules in democracy. In a Theocracy, the king speaks and it is so.
  7. While you are sitting in a democracy, above your head in Heaven where there is a Theocracy. There is One that sits on the throne.
  8. In the kingdom there, there is no sickness, poverty, or etc…
  9. Jesus declared that he came to preach the gospel of the kingdom. He also the kingdom is at hand.
  10. When Jesus comes to the earth, he brings the kingdom of God, the theocracy in the earth.
  11. When Jesus preaches his first sermon, known as the Sermon on the Mount, he says when you pray, pray “Our father, which are in Heaven ….Thou Kingdom come, Thou will be done, in earth as it is in Heaven.
  12. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his rightness and all these things will be added to you. – You must see yourself as a kingdom citizen not of this earth, but in Heaven.
  13. You began in Heaven, not on this earth. If you didn’t why do you call funerals a homecoming?
  14. You are traveling here on your way back home. Any Theology that tells you that you have to struggle and it will be over by and by, then this is a Theology that is meant to oppress you. What is happening now, God meant for it to happen right now!
    1. John 10:10 (NKJV) says 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
  15. These principles we have baffle people. We operate off of different laws than those who are not saved. Regular folk operate on acceptance, but we operate on faith. Life is a rehearsal, of things to come. We try to have heaven here.
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III.            Who Will Encounter Heaven?

 

  1. The Father, the Son, and the Angels are there.
  2. The Old Saints are there.
  3. Those that believed that the prophet was coming are there.
  4. The very moment a person transitions (dies) who was in Christ, they instantly awake in the presence of the Lord.
    1. You ever had a loved one to suffer, you can find comfort in know that when they let go, they instantly awake in God’s presence
    2. 2 Corinthians 5:7-8 (NKJV) says 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.,
    3. Philippians 1:21-22 (NKJV) 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell.- Paul was like I can’t wait to get to god.
  5. Those who will receive peace and rest
  6. How many of you have had a work month that was so stressful, all you could think of was your vacation on the other side of it.
  7. Death is not something a believer should fear. It is something that we should embrace.
  8. You haven’t lost someone. When you lose something, you don’t know where it is. When you lose someone in Christ, you know they are in God’s presence.

 

A.    The Dead in Christ

  1. Those that died prior to Jesus’ second coming. They will enjoy Him in life and in Heaven. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16 (NKJV) says 13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.[a] 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.- Notice the order. People who have died before Lord comes back, will be the first to get up when He returns.
  2. They will awake from their sleep by the Trumpet of God.

B.     Those who will be caught up.

  1. There will be those who will not see death
  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 (NKJV) says 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
  3. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16 (NKJV) says 13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.[a] 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.- They will be those who will be raptured. There will be those that come with the Lord and those who are caught up.
  4. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 (NKJV) says 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.- Those who die in Christ is going back to him. Your flesh will not be allowed to go. God blew his breath in you. When you take your last breath, your soul and the breath God gave you will go back to him.
  5. You were intended to live forever. Sin brought about death. We are immortal, because our soul continues to live.

 

IV.           What will we experience in Heaven?

A.    Will We Know Each Other in Heaven?

  1. We will be the same person with all the imperfections removed.
    1. Jesus give us a hint of this. He says suffer the little children to come unto me for such is the Kingdom of Heaven.
  2. Like a baby, the only thing that corrupts them is us. That baby doesn’t know hate or racism. A parent, adult, or culture puts the corruption in them.
  3. Heaven is our origination and our destination.
  4. Everybody want to go to Heaven, but nobody to die wants to go right now.

B.     Will we have a body in Heaven?

  1. Bodies in heaven:
  2. Imagine that streets will be with disembodied souls. This view held by the Hell-istic culture.
  3. Many argue that the bodies in Heaven will be naked. They will not give rise to shame or sexual lust.
  4. In Heaven, we will be cloth in the finest garments.
  5. Radical Islam was told if you died for a cause, you will have a certain amount of virgins when you go to heaven.
  6. How will you know if you going to heaven?
  7. In John 14:6 (NKJV) it says 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.- ,
  8. John 10:9 (NKJV) says 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.- Jesus says he is the access pint. You got to go through Jesus to get to Heaven.
  9. The scripture says we got to go through the Son. You have to be saved. Being a Christian is the access point to Heaven.
  10. What do you do with people like Gondi? He wasn’t a Christian, but he lived more Christian then most Christians do. He says he would have be a Christian, until he met one.
  11. The church is the bride of Christ. Jesus is the groom. People love Jesus, but hate his wife.

 

V.             Conclusion

  1. Isaiah 65:17 (NKJV) says 17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.
  2. Isaiah 66:22 (NKJV) says 22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the Lord, “So shall your descendants and your name remain.
  3. Revelation 21:1 (NKJV) 21 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

 

Everyone in this place will either be caught up or they will die. If you die, you instantly wake up in Heaven or Hell in a transfigured body. If you wake up in Hell, you will be burning where there will be gnashing of teeth or you will wake up in peace in the Presence of God.

When the trumpet blows, those that are already dead in Christ will wake up from their rest. Jesus will descend from the Third heaven to First heaven. He will come back on a cloud. When the Jesus left, the angels said, “Jesus would return in the same way in which he left”.

If you are caught up (also referred to as the Rapture), two will be in the field and one will be taken. People will walk around and realize that they have been left behind. After this, plagues and torment will come upon this earth.

 

Later, the first heaven and the earth will be changed (remade). You can’t cognitively comprehend this event that will take place. Once Lucifer and all the demons are defeated, they will all be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternal damnation.

 

Heaven (the New Heaven) will come down into this space we call Earth. There will be paved with gold. There will be no sickness and the will be no night there, because the sun will shine forever.

 

If you have problems worshiping here on Earth, you will be out of place there, in Heaven. In the end of days, Heaven is not what we are going to. Heaven will come down to Earth.

 

The same paradise we lost in the Garden with Adam, God will allow us to see again. It will be New. All things will pass away and be replaced with something new.

 

Being in this place (called Heaven) eternally will be amazing. All the attention will be going to the Lamb that was slain is Heaven. We thank God we are on our way to a place called Heaven!

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Death, Heaven, and Hell Part II

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“Hell”

Synopsis of Bible Study 04/18/18

Delivered by Bishop Walker III

Matthew 24:41 (NKJV) 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. – This scripture is talking about what we refer to as the Rapture or the end of time.

Some people think Hell is a figurative place. Know that Hell is not figurative place. It is a real place.

Hell is also a place that will be eternal. If you go there, you will spend your eternal life there.

Studies show that only 69% of mankind believe Hell is a place and only 1% of mankind believe that they will die and go to Hell.

I.                   Introduction

Key facts about Hell

  1. Everyone will exist eternally either in Heaven or Hell, Daniel 12:2-3 (NKJV) 2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever;
    1. Matthew 25:46 (NKJV) says 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
  2. Everyone has only one life to determine where you will end.  Hebrews 9:27 (NKJV) says 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,
  3. Heaven or Hell is determined by whether a person believes (put their trust) in Christ alone to save them… John 3:16 says (NKJV) 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

II.                What Does the Bible Say About Hell?

A.     Biblical View of Hell

  1. Revelation 20:10 (NKJV) says 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where[a] the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.– There is an idea that there is distinction between Hell and Lake of Fire. In the end, the devil and all of his followers will be cast in the lake of fire.

B.     Non-biblical belief about Hell

  1. The second chance view -There is a way to escape Hell.
  2. Universalism – All are eternally saved. No matter what you do you, you will still go to Heaven. It goes along with the idea that we can do what we want to, because we are saved by grace.
  3. Annihilationism – The idea that Hell simply means a person just ceases to exist at the end of their life.

Objections to biblical views of Hell are as follows:

  1. Objection One: A loving God would not send people to such a horrible hell.

Response One: Romans 2:11 (NKJV) says 11 For there is no partiality with God.– God is not partial concerning judgment. He gives you what you deserve.

  1. Objection Two: Hell is too severe a punishment for sin.

Response Two: 1 Peter 1:15 (NKJV) 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, – It’s not that hard to prevent yourself from going to Hell.

III.              Where is Hell located

Revelation 20:13 (NKJV) says 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.- Some people believe that there is a shaft that leads to the middle/center of the earth. It is here that some believe Hell is located.

A.     Important Facts About Hell

  1. Is Hell is a literal burning place? Psalm 37:20 (NKJV) says 20 But the wicked shall perish; And the enemies of the Lord, Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away.
  2. Malachi 4:1 (NKJV) says 4 “For behold, the day is coming, Burning like an oven, And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up,” Says the Lord of hosts, “That will leave them neither root nor branch.
  • Matthew 13:42 (NKJV) says 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
  1. Luke 16:24 (NKJV) says 24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’- This comes from the Parable that Jesus told the disciples about the Rich Man and the Poor Man Lazarus. They both die and the poor man, named Lazarus was found resting in the bosom of Abraham and the Rich Man went to Hell and found himself in torment.
    1. The Rich Man cried out and asked Father Abraham to have mercy on him and to have Lazarus to dip his finger in water and come to cool his tongue, because he was tormented in the flame.
    2. Both of these people give us an illustration of what it is like soon after you die. Instantly after death, you have a clear awareness that you are in the presence of God which is representative of Lazarus resting in the bosom of Abraham. On the other hand, when you die and you are not in relationship with God, you are consciously aware that you are in Hell. This is representative of the Rich Man who found himself in torment, begging for Abraham to allow Lazarus to dip his finger in water so he could cool the Rich Man’s tongue.
  2. John 15:6 (NKJV) says 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.- Those not connected to Him will burn.
  3. Revelation 9:2 (NKJV) says 2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit.-
  • Revelation 14:10 (NKJV) says 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.- This is about the end of days . After you die and the rapture has occurred, there will be torment on earth for those who are left behind.
  • After the reign, God’s wrath will come. It is interesting how smoke will come out of the pit.

 

  1. Will you have a body in Hell?
  2. You will have a body in hell. Proverbs 1:12 (NKJV) 12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol,[a] And whole, like those who go down to the Pit;– People who go to Hell go to a
  3. Matthew 10:28 (NKJV) says 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell. – When you die, regardless of status, your body does the same thing. Your flesh goes back to the earth and your soul goes to heaven.
  4. When you die, your body is alive aware and conscious of existence. If you aren’t in relationship with God when you die, then you go to Hell. Your body is translated or transfigured. You take on a new body and your soul and your body that is transfigured is what will be able to experience the pain of Hell fire. The difference between your new body and your old is the body that is transfigured doesn’t burn up.
  5. The body or flesh is corruptible. Corruption can’t handle incorruption. No flesh can enter heaven. Your flesh can’t operate in Heaven.
  6. Your body can occupy Hell, because your sins are tied to your flesh.
  7. Matthew 10:28 (NKJV) says 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.– People can touch your body, but not your soul. Who you ought to fear is the one that is able to destroy your soul and body and send you to Hell. The devil wants your soul and body to be in constant torment.
    1. Imagine dying and waking up conscious knowing that you are on fire and not burning up.
  8. Luke 16:24 (NKJV) says 24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’- The Rich Man in torment asked for water on the tip of his tongue.
  9. Why would you go through all this hell on earth and then die and go to Hell? What in the Hell do you want.?

B.     Biblical terms describing Hell

  1. Sheol
  2. Hades
  3. Gehenna
  4. Lake of fire

IV. When will Hell be experience.

A.     Hell is Eternal and Irreversible

  1. Hell was not meant for human beings.
  2. You were created in the image of God. Only those that reject Jesus Christ will go to Hell.
  3. Hell has begun to remodel itself to make room. Isaiah 5:14 (NKJV) says 14 Therefore Sheol has enlarged itself And opened its mouth beyond measure; Their glory and their multitude and their pomp, And he who is jubilant, shall descend into it.- The world that has turned against God will end up in Hell.
  4. Isaiah 14:10 (NKJV) says 10 They all shall speak and say to you: ‘Have you also become as weak as we?
  5. Have you become like us? – Hell will be eager to receive you.

B.     Hell is a second death.

  1. We are born once and we die only once, if we are in relationship with God. If we are not in relationship with God, then we die that second death. Hell is the second death.
  2. I am perplexed as a man of God. Out of 26yrs of Pastoring, Bishop has never told anyone that they were going to Hell. The state of us being perplexed comes from this scripture: Revelation 21:8 (NKJV) says 8 But the cowardly, unbelieving,[a] abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”– What we are trying to reconcile is, why are we who are profess to be saved (saved by grace), on that list? According to this list, most of us are going to Hell! Are we doomed to Hell if we are guilty of anything on this list?

V. Conclusion

  1. Matthew 24:36 (NKJV) says 36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[a] but My Father only.,
  2. Romans 5:8-9 (NKJV) says 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.,
  3. Romans 10:9 (NKJV) says 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.,
  4. Romans 10:13 (NKJV) 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”[a] According to that list, you are on that list that says you are doomed to Hell.
  5. 1 John 1:9 (NKJV) says 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.– These scriptures say that if you confess your sins, then God forgive you. I know I am a sinner saved by grace. How do we reconcile this list? We all have been at funerals of people who are on this list. Are these people in Hell or Heaven?
  6. Sinners who ain’t got through it yet. They repent and yet they still struggle. If I’m in a struggle, I’m in my flesh. When I fail, am I going to hell according to that scripture!
  7. Dogmatic religious people will tell you that we will go to Hell, if we are on that list. The question then becomes this, who other than Jesus lived this earth and didn’t struggle? I imagine Job did some things on that list, so if Job didn’t make it, then we are in trouble!
  8. Nobody in here is perfect. You ask for repentance, but you struggle. If we are on that list and we struggle, then who goes to Hell? If it is true that we are all saved by grace, then who makes it to heaven and who goes to Hell?
  9. God gave us a revelation. God said there is a universal common denominator between those who go to Hell and those who won’t. It is not based purely on behavior. The one common denominator is hubris. This is another word for pride.
  10. That person that says, “I’m going to do me”, regardless to what His word says. The reason God rejected Saul, was because he was prideful. God chose David, but he was not sinless, because he constantly repented and prayed to God all the time.
  11. Lucifer got tired of giving the glory to God. A 3rd of them with him were kicked out of Heaven. God cast them out of Heaven. Lucifer fell to the earth and became the devil. Pride goes before destruction. Here is the Revelation: The thing that will keep you out of heaven, is not your act or your sin, it is your consistent belief that you can do what you want to do and assume that God will still let you in. Pride will bring down nations!
  12. Malachi 4:1 (NKJV) 4 says “For behold, the day is coming, Burning like an oven, And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up,” Says the Lord of hosts, “That will leave them neither root nor branch.- Humility will cause you to avoid Hell. David was one after God’s own heart. Throughout the whole bible, Jesus always dealt with matters of the heart. Too many people are arrogant. Arrogance is what is killing the kingdom. You are too flawed to be flashy.
  13. If you don’t get anything else out of this, remember, in order to get to heaven, you need to be humble!

 

 

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This pain changed me – Tiffiney Hammock

Sermon 4.29.18

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Death, Heaven, and Hell Part 1, Bible Study 04.11.18

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“What Happens After You Die”

Synopsis of Bible Study 4/11/18

Delivered by Bishop Walker III

 

I.                    Introduction

a.     Psalm 116:15 (NKJV) says 15 Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints.

b.   Job 14:1 (NKJV) says 14 “Man who is born of woman Is of few days and full of trouble. – Job’s understanding of death is tied to carnality and death.

c.    Psalm 39:4 (NKJV) says 4 “Lord, make me to know my end, And what is the measure of my days, That I may know how frail I am.Regardless of the knowledge we have of death, eternal life was sought, even back in the bible days. Although death is inevitable, we have this hope.

d.     1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (NKJV) says13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.[a]- The keyword here is sleep.

 

  1. For those of us who die in Christ, we transfer from this life to Him. All of us testify we want to go to heaven, but noone wants to die. Because death is something we don’t have a memory of, it is a mystery.
  2. Other mysteries: When is your birthday? Do you know for sure that this is your birthday? Really, you have any memory of your birthday. The truth is, you just trusted that the date somebody gave you was true.
  3. Do you remember being in your mother’s womb? It a mystery.

Question that must be asked about afterlife

1.    Is there a second chance after death? Hebrews 9:27 (NKJV) says 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, – After you die, judgment will follow. There is no second chance to get it right. If you die in the Lord, you will only die once.

  1. Some people have theories concerning purgatory. This is not a biblical term and does not exist.

What is purgatory? Basically, it is the thought of there being a holding place between earth and heaven.

You got to live in a way that when it is over, you are confident about where you going.

  1. Do Christian have encounters with near death experiences? Acts 7:55-56 (NKJV) says 55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, 56 and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” – Stephen was being stoned and he got a glimpse of heaven before he got there.
  2. Paul says he was caught up in the third heaven. Paul got a glimpse of that place where we believe God lives. During this time, he didn’t know if he was sleep or if he was awake. Because of what he saw, he was given a thorn in his flesh, so that he might not become prideful.
  3. There are moments when people transition and see loved ones coming to meet them. Some people begin to stare at something that you can’t see, when they are on their death beds.
  4. These are all experiences concerning death and the next life.
  5. What happens to children who die? Romans 5:20 (NKJV) says 20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, – Biblical scholars say that because children are not old enough to actually repent, then grace covers children. They go straight back into heaven.

II.                    What is death?

  1. It is the result of sin. Romans 6:23  (NKJV) 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Our payment for sin is death.
  2. John 5:24 (NKJV) 24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. – If you believe Jesus nailed sin to the cross, then you are no longer sentenced to death. You go from this life to the next.

A.    Understanding the Power of Christ over Death

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:21-22  (NKJV) 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. – Adam brought sin into world and Jesus took it out. Jesus died and then he rose. He conquered sin and the grave.
  2. John 3:16 (NKJV) 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.- If someone is a sleep, they have the expectation that they will get up again.

B.     Victory over Death

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:55  (NKJV) 55 “O Death, where is your sting?[a] O Hades, where is your victory?”[b] – We got victory.
  2. Isaiah 25:8  (NKJV) 8 He will swallow up death forever, And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; For the Lord has spoken.

III.          Hebrews 2:14  (NKJV) 14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, – The devil has no authority over a believer when it comes to death.

III.                    Where do we go after death?

A.    Theories of the Life after Death

There is tendency for us to believe that other religions belief is outrageous when it comes to their beliefs about death. Keep in mind that other religions believe what they believe in with the same conviction as we do. In fact they look at us the same we look at them, concerning our beliefs.

It is important to learn a little about all faiths, so that you can understand why they believe what they believe. Here are some of them.

  1. The theory of being reborn – Life starts over immediately after death. This is where some people believe déjà (the feeling of having “already lived through” something) comes from.
  2. Paranormal theory – The belief that you can contact loved ones after death.
  3. The Hindu Theory – In this, it is believed that you are reincarnated 52 million times.
  4. Buddhist Theory – In this, they believe in reincarnation. They believe you come back as humans and as gods.
  5. Plato’s Theory – The belief that the righteous doesn’t just get rewarded after death, but also during their lifetime.
  6. Pharaoh Theory – The belief that death is temporary for the Pharaohs. This is why it was important for them to preserve the body by mummification.
  7. Biocentrism Theory – The belief that the body dies, but your consciousness exist.
  8. Christian Theory – Those who accept salvation will live an eternal life in heaven.

B.     Animal afterlife?

  1. There are various beliefs for these. Ecclesiastes 3:18-19  (NKJV) 18 I said in my heart, “Concerning the condition of the sons of men, God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like animals.” 19 For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity. Here the writer is comparing the faith of a wicked human with that of an animal.
  2. According to the Torah, God will reward animals that were sacrificed.
  3. Jewish tradition wasn’t clear. Psalm 36:6  (NKJV) says 6 Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O Lord, You preserve man and beast. – This says God preserves man a beast.
  4. In summary, we really don’t know.

 

C.     Communication with the Dead

Can we contact the dead after they are gone? In some instances, yes. However, we are not supposed to. It is forbidden and can be considered a form of sorcery or witchcraft.

1.     Necromancy

This is the supposed practice of communicating with the dead, especially in order to predict the future, witchcraft, sorcery, or black magic in general.

  1. Leviticus 19:26-28 says (NKJV) 26 ‘You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor shall you practice divination or soothsaying. 27 You shall not shave around the sides of your head, nor shall you disfigure the edges of your beard. 28 You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.
  2. Leviticus 19:31  (NKJV) says 31 ‘Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.
  3. Deuteronomy 18:9-14  (NKJV) says 9 “When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. 14 For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you.
  4. Galatians 5:20 (NKJV) 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, – In no case should we try to contact the dead. When you try to contact the dead, you are opening a portal you can’t handle.
  5. Ex – Imagine this. There is a door. We are not going through that door, because of what’s behind the door. Behind that door the mediums operate between the spirt world and earth. There are spirits in that space, behind the door, that can’t be dealt with. The only way to deal with them is with spiritual warfare.
  6. When you are a sleep, you don’t remember when you fell asleep. When you slipped into that place of unconsciousness, you have no recollection of what time it was. You were totally unaware that you were still in this world.

iii.     What is that place? It is the doorstep of that door that we talked about earlier.

  1. Sometimes, people die in their sleep because they walked through that door. People die in their slip and go into the door. Lots of stuff happens on the steps of that door.
  2. Ever been asleep and wake up, but not realize that you are up? Ever woke up to see something move in the room? It is very possible that you did see something moving, because while you are sleep, you are under demonic attack. This is why we never go to sleep without praying for God’s protection over us. We are at our most vulnerable when we are asleep.

2. Saul and the Witch of En Dor

  1. There are people that practice witchcraft. 1 Samuel 28:3-15  (NKJV) 3 Now Samuel had died, and all Israel had lamented for him and buried him in Ramah, in his own city. And Saul had put the mediums and the spiritists out of the land. 4 Then the Philistines gathered together, and came and encamped at Shunem. So Saul gathered all Israel together, and they encamped at Gilboa. 5 When Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled greatly. 6 And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by the prophets. 7 Then Saul said to his servants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “In fact, there is a woman who is a medium at En Dor.” 8 So Saul disguised himself and put on other clothes, and he went, and two men with him; and they came to the woman by night. And he said, “Please conduct a séance for me, and bring up for me the one I shall name to you.” 9 Then the woman said to him, “Look, you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and the spiritists from the land. Why then do you lay a snare for my life, to cause me to die?” 10 And Saul swore to her by the Lord, saying, “As the Lord lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing.” 11 Then the woman said, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” And he said, “Bring up Samuel for me.” 12 When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice. And the woman spoke to Saul, saying, “Why have you deceived me? For you are Saul!” 13 And the king said to her, “Do not be afraid. What did you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I saw a spirit[a] ascending out of the earth.” 14 So he said to her, “What is his form?” And she said, “An old man is coming up, and he is covered with a mantle.” And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with hisface to the ground and bowed down. 15 Now Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” And Saul answered, “I am deeply distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God has departed from me and does not answer me anymore, neither by prophets nor by dreams. Therefore I have called you, that you may reveal to me what I should do.” – Even back in the bible days, people were practicing witchcraft and trying to contact the dead.
  2. Ok to be cremated? When you are not cremated, you decompose and eventually, return to back to ashes. When you are cremated, you return to ashes, much quicker. The same thing happens in both cases. Either way, you return back to ashes, so it is ok to be cremated.
  3. Are we required to have a funeral? There really is not any evidence of a funeral in the New Testament. The only thing close to it was when Jesus saw the people going to the grave of a loved one that died. Jesus touched him and he got up.
  4. Funerals are for the living not the dead. The person in the casket is not there. You are spirit housed in rental property called flesh and every day, it is telling to that you need to go back home (Heaven).
  5. Being absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord. You are not who you see in the mirror. You are a spirit renting the body. When your body dissolves, you spirit survives. Lot’s of people say that they can’t wait to see their Mother or Father again. The truth is, when you get to heaven, you will recognize your loved one that has gone on before you, but you will not recognize them like they were. They will be a Spirit who is totally different from who you knew.
  6. Final words on death. When our bodies are raised, it will be raised to be with the Lord forever.
  7. When a believer dies, they go to sleep. This is rest for the weary. They will be resurrected at the time of rapture. The dead in Christ will be raised first.
  8. Your spirit will be raised up. 1 Thessalonians 4:17  (NKJV) says 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.- Our loved ones that have passed are in the bosom of Abraham which is representative of being present with the Lord. They are resting and unaware of what they’ve left behind. If you don’t know Christ, you die and you are very very much awake. When you die, there are only two choices. These two choices are smoking and nonsmoking.
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Train up a child

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Daily Scripture

10 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. – Psalm 9:10 #WordAlert

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