Questions & Answers from 4/12/15

Anyone can now text questions in during & following the service based on the sermon.  Those questions not answered after the conclusion of the service will be answered here in a Q&A blog post.  This is what this is.

Q: In John 17:3, it mentions eternal life.  Does this begin at belief or at death?

A: Eternal begins at belief.  Eternal life isn’t just a continuation of days but of an experiential relationship with Jesus Christ.  All souls are eternal and though our bodies pass away, our souls will either go to Heaven or to Hell for eternity.  Those who know and follow Jesus will not face the second death (Revelation 20:14, 21:8) which is the tossing into the lake of fire, where souls will be tormented (not burn up).  Jesus paid the price for all who will trust and follow (Romans 10:9-10) so that no one needs to suffer there.  Sadly, people reject this great news.  Eternal life is more than just going to Heaven when we pass on – it is a vibrant relationship that can (and should) be had now.  Jesus said He came to give life and life more abundantly (John 10:10).  We know in His presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11) and that in Him we can find rest (Matthew 11:28).  Our walk with Jesus is not meant to be a drudgery.  Will it be hard?  Certainly.  Could we be killed for it?  Absolutely, but it is more than just the rat-race that awaits the rest of the world.  It is a walk of faith (2 Corinthians 5:7) and one we can find true joy and peace as we walk in His will.  It may not always be “exciting” but it will be full of purpose and the other blessings that come with it.  Ephesians 1-3 gives us a great look at who we are in Christ and the many blessings that are found in Christ for us.

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