Archive for Death and Dying

Apr
05

A Great Joy in Heaven – sermon

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The following sermon outline is a portion of a larger sermon by the well known and loved Puritan preacher, Thomas Watson. It is an excerpt out his sermon entitled, The Death of the Righteous.

A Great Joy in Heaven (a retitled excerpt)
by Thomas Watson  (Taken from sermon, The Death of the Righteous)

The enjoyment of God implies our SEEING him. "We shall see him as he is." How shall we see God?

1. We shall see him INTELLECTUALLY, with the eyes of the mind
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This divines call the beatific vision. We shall have a full knowledge of God—though not know him fully. This sight of God will be very glorious—as when a king, on his coronation-day, shows himself in all his royalty and magnificence.

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Apr
03

Free at Last – funeral sermon

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The following sermon outline is a portion of a larger sermon by the well known and loved Puritan preacher, Thomas Watson. It is an excerpt out his sermon entitled, The Death of the Righteous.

Free at Last! (a retitled excerpt)
by Thomas Watson  (Taken from sermon, The Death of the Righteous)

At death the saints shall be freed from all the troubles and incumbrances to which this life is subject. "Sin is the seed sown—and trouble is the harvest reaped!" Euripides. Life and trouble are married together. There is more in life to trouble us, than to tempt us. Parents divide a portion of sorrow to their children, and yet leave enough for themselves. "Man is born to trouble." Job 5:7. He is heir to it, it is his birth-right. You may as well separate weight from lead, as trouble from the life of man.

King Henry's emblem was a crown hung in a bush of thorns. There is a far greater proportion of bitterness, than pleasure in this life. "I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon." Prov 7:17. For one sweet ingredient there were two bitter; for the sweet cinnamon, there were bitter myrrh and aloes.

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Apr
01

The Losers In Death – sermon

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The following sermon outline is a portion of a larger sermon by the well known and loved Puritan preacher, Thomas Watson. It is an excerpt out his sermon entitled, The Death of the Righteous.

The Losers in Death (a retitled excerpt)
by Thomas Watson  (Taken from sermon, The Death of the Righteous)

The godly are great gainers at death—but the wicked are great losers at death.

They lose four things:

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Mar
29

Final Freedom from Sin – sermon outline

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The following sermon outline is a portion of a larger sermon by the well known and loved Puritan preacher, Thomas Watson. It is an excerpt out his sermon entitled, The Death of the Righteous.

Final Freedom from Sin (a retitled excerpt)
by Thomas Watson  (Taken from sermon, The Death of the Righteous)
 

The saints, at death, have great immunities and freedoms. An apprentice, when he has served his time, is made free. Just so, when the saints have finished their time of living, they are made free! They are not made free until death.

At death they are freed from a body of SIN.

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Mar
27

Gain Follows Death – funeral sermon

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The following sermon outline is a portion of a larger sermon by the well known and loved Puritan preacher, Thomas Watson. It is an excerpt out his sermon entitled, The Death of the Righteous.
 

Gain Follows Death (a retitled excerpt)

by Thomas Watson (Taken from sermon, The Death of the Righteous)

  It should exhort us all to labor to say as the apostle, "For to me, to live is Christ!" Christ is the principle of my life, the end of my life, the joy of my life. If we can say, "For to me, to live is Christ," we may comfortably conclude, "and to die is gain!"

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Mar
24

The Four Kinds of Death — sermon

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Following is one of my sermons that focuses on the different kinds of death that we learn about in the Bible. It makes a good sermon or Bible study. Take the sermon outline below and build upon it.

THE FOUR KINDS OF DEATH
by Eddie Lawrence, D.Min.

1. THERE IS PHYSICAL DEATH

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

John 11:12 Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” 13 However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.

In the epistle of James, if you look carefully, you will find there the biblical definition of death:

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Jan
20

The Last Change – for funeral sermons

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The following sermon outline was written at the turn of the 20th century and included in book of funeral sermons and outlines. With a little work, you will be able to have an encouraging, yet truthful look at the subject of death for the believer.

THE LAST CHANGE
BY THE LATE REV. R. ANDREW GRIFFIN.

Job 14: 14 If a man dies, shall he live again?
      All the days of my hard service I will wait,
      Till my change comes.

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WHERE TO CAST YOUR CARES

This is one of those verses that speaks to thousands of life’s challenges. Keep this little outline in your Bible for you will have opportunity to use it often in dealing personally and publicly with hurting people.

1 Peter 5: 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

There are four observations I would like to share from this verse:

1. YOUR CARES

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Jul
21

HE WILL GIVE YOU GRACE — funeral sermon

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The following contains one of the greatest Bible comfort verses for those who are in a time of grief.

2 CORINTHIANS 12:9 . . . "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness."  (NKJV)

1. God’s Grace is Sufficient for Us

(If the person who died was a believer) Share their testimony of how God’s Grace was sufficient to save them,
-to help them live for Christ,
-and that it was powerful enough to take him/her all the way to heaven.

Paul spent a lot of time in prision, he was severely persecuted, he struggled like we do. But he learned about God’s grace in his time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

-Sufficient means it will always be enough for whatever we face.
-We never have to experience a shortage of grace.
-In this time when you feel you cannot make, remember — with God’s grace you can.

2. God’s Strength is Available for Our Weakness

-It is in the very area of our deficit that we experience His surplus.
-When we are weak, He promises us to give us His strength.
-It is important to remember this in the days ahead when those waves of grief wash in upon you and you feel absolutely overwhelmed.
-Remember His strength is for YOUR weakness. He knows we are weak and cares when we struggle. His response–a gift of His strength. In the middle of your loss there is something you can gain — the strength of God for your weakness.

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR BENEFITS

PSALM 103:1-5,8,10-13 NKJ
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The LORD executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him.

A. THE CALL TO BLESS THE LORD (V1-2)

B. THE CALL TO REMEMBER HIS BENEFITS (V3-7)

1. Forgiveness
2. Healing
3. Redemption
4. Lovingkindness
5. Tender Mercies
6. Good Things that Satisfy
7. Renewal of Your Strength
8. Delivers from Oppression
9. Reveals His Ways
10. He Acts on our Behalf

C. THE CALL TO SEE HIS HEART (V8-13)

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