SERIES: What's Next?
MESSAGE: What's Next...for Everyone!
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Revelation 20:4-7; Revelation 20:11-15

MESSAGE SUMMARY
My mom used to wake me up early every morning with her sweet voice saying, "Rise and shine!" It took a few times, but I eventually got up out of bed. Jesus too will call everyone who has died to "Rise up!" But not everyone will rise up to shine; some will rise up to suffer. Let's consider three inevitable and unalterable truths about the future for all of us: We will all live, we will all die, and we will all rise again to live forever.... But where and how?

STUDY GUIDE

Connect Group Recap: May 22, 2016
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "What's Next...for Everyone!"
Text: Revelation 20:4-7, 11-15

Path

Pastor Skip's mom used to wake him up early every morning saying, "Rise and shine!" It took a few times, but he eventually got up out of bed. Jesus too will call everyone who has died to "Rise up!" But not everyone will rise up to shine; some will rise up to suffer. In Pastor Skip's path through the text, he considered three inevitable and unalterable truths about the future: We will all live, we will all die, and we will all rise again to live forever.

  1. Everyone Lives
  2. Everyone Dies
  3. Everyone Rises
Points

Everyone Lives
Everyone Dies
Everyone Rises
Practice

Connect Up: How does the reality of hell demonstrate God's ultimate justice? As one theologian said, "Hell is about God keeping His word. That God sends the wicked to hell shows God to be faithful and just. If God does not enforce the terms He has set, He does not keep His word and He is unfaithful.... In fact, if there is no hell, we might conclude that the righteous were wrong for having trusted God." fn. 1

Connect In: In heaven, we will live eternally with our brothers and sisters in Christ. How should this affect our behavior toward one another now? (See John 13:34; Romans 12:10; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:2-3; Colossians 3:16.)

Connect Out: This teaching is both spectacular for those who believe and sobering for those who don't. How should a biblical understanding of heaven and hell influence our outreach to the world? At Calvary, we desire to "extend hope to a hurting world by proclaiming the gospel and demonstrating Christ's love." How are you extending hope to the hurting?

fn. 1 James Hamilton, "How Does Hell Glorify God?" 9 Marks, August 20, 2010, https://9marks.org/article/how-does-hell-glorify-god/.

DETAILED NOTES

  1. Introduction
    1. Death and the afterlife is a difficult subject to talk and think about, but many people are fascinated by it
    2. Revelation 20 is life boiled down to its irreducible minimum
      1. Two scenes that take place 1,000 years apart with twoseparate groups of people
      2. Common experiences
  2. Everyone Lives
    1. Two groups of people
      1. People who receive resurrected bodies will rule andreign with Jesus for 1,000 years
      2. People who had physical life, followed by death,followed by a resurrection
    2. The word life is used three different ways in the Bible
      1. Bios = life, manner of life,livelihood
        1. Physical, biological life
        2. Focused on the external
        3. Where most people spend their attention, energy, and money (see Job 2:4)
      2. Psuché = the soul, life, self
        1. Personality and what we think
        2. Matthew 16:25; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24; 17:33
        3. You can be alive physically, but tormented mentally
      3. Zóé = life, both of physical(present) and of spiritual (particularly future) existence
        1. Shifts the focus off earthbound and onto the eternal
        2. Used in the New Testament 143 times
        3. Eternal or everlasting life
        4. Quality of life we enjoy now and into the future (see John 5:24)
        5. The word zóé is the word used in verse 15
    3. How does zóé life happen?
      1. New birth (see John 3:3)
      2. No one is in heaven or will ever be in heaven who isnot born again
      3. Christian belief is belief in new birth
      4. New birth leads to new life
  3. Everyone Dies
    1. The Bible talks about death 394 times
      1. Ecclesiastes 3:2
      2. Hebrews 9:27
    2. Some people deny death
      1. They try to reverse the aging process
      2. Or they believe they are immortal
    3. Death gets worse if you are not prepared to meet your Creator
    4. Death is only the beginning
      1. Luke 16:22-24
      2. Every person lives forever somewhere
    5. Hell accepts new occupants daily
  4. Everyone Rises
    1. When a person dies, the body decays but the soul continues to live on
      1. One day, the soul will be reunited with the renewedbody
      2. Two resurrections (see John 5:28-29)
    2. Resurrection of life
      1. Physical transformation of the body
      2. Reverse the effects of original sin
        1. Decaying process in the body
        2. With age there is deterioration
      3. A renewed physical earth requires a renewed physicalbody
      4. An eternal state requires an eternal body
    3. Resurrection of condemnation
      1. The rest of the dead will be raised up in theirphysical, restored bodies to live forever, but in judgment
      2. A resurrected body to endure eternal punishment
      3. Jesus did everything He could to keep people fromhell and torment
    4. Every single person will go somewhere
      1. Judgment will be a shock to some people (see Matthew7:22-23)
      2. Many people believe they are going to heaven
      3. Every single person, small and great, will be judged
      4. "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands ofthe living God" (Hebrews 10:31)
    5. Hell will not be a big party as some people think
      1. It will be eternal torment
      2. Satan will be the chief sufferer
    6. God's booking system
      1. Everything every unbeliever has done, thought, andsaid (see Matthew 12:36)
      2. Book of Life
        1. In ancient times, kingdoms had books that recorded not only criminals' works and acts, but also loyal citizens'
        2. Imagine your name not being in that book
      3. People are judged by their works because they do notlet God judge them by Jesus' work on the cross
  5. Closing
    1. There are only two religions in the world
      1. The religion of human achievement
        1. All world religions
        2. Salvation by our works
        3. No one can get to heaven
      2. The religion of divine accomplishment
        1. Salvation by Jesus' work on the cross
        2. Believers are saved because they are believers (see John 5:24)
        3. If you want to get your name written in the Book of Life, you must believe
    2. The reason Jesus came was to keep us out of hell
    3. Every gift has to be received (see John 1:12)
Figures referenced: Maurice Rawlings

Greek words: bios, psuché, zóé

Cross references: Job 2:4; Ecclesiastes 3:2; Matthew 7:22-23; 12:36; 16:25; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24; 16:22-24; 17:33; John 1:12; 3:3; 5:24, 28-29; Hebrews 9:27; 10:31

Topic: Eternal Life

Keywords: death, afterlife, resurrection, life, eternity, everlasting life, born again, new birth, heaven, hell, new body, sin, judgment, Book of Life, salvation, condemnat

Keywords: death, afterlife, resurrection, life, eternity, everlasting life, born again, new birth, heaven, hell, new body, sin, judgment, Book of Life, salvation, condemnat


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