Fear of Death - Fearless Teaching #10

"Fear of Death," as used here, is a reference how so many people have great anxiety about the end of their physical lives.

Introduction: I believe this series of studies will help us be stronger disciples of Jesus Christ. A key idea throughout this series is to be fearless (i.e., in relation to this world) and faithful (i.e., in relation to God’s will). This series of teachings is based on the above mentioned book (By Max Lucado. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2009).

The format of the teaching will feature summary highlights of the chapter, some discussion questions and points, and pastoral comments. Students are encouraged to purchase the book; however, these class notes will be sufficient for the intended studies.

Chapter Ten – Scared to Death

Summary Highlights -

- Fear of Life's Final Moments (see John 14:1, 3). A great prayer to pray for our loved ones, as we face death, and for us to live by is "Stay strong and trust Christ."

- John 14:1, 3 is a wedding text, where Jesus elevates a funeral to the same hope as a wedding. The groom is responsible for preparing a place for his bride. "Our final glimpse of life will trigger our first glimpse of [H]im (p. 119)."

The empty tomb of Jesus gives us confidence in the promise of our resurrection (see I Cor. 15:20-23). We can face death with faith, instead of fear (see Heb. 2:14-15). Let's die bravely.

Discussion Questions and Points –
1. How do you measure up to "staying strong and trusting Christ"?

2. How does the above mentioned phrase fit into the instructions that you want your loved ones to live by?

3. How does the promise of resurrection and going to a prepared place impact your attitude towards death?

Pastoral Comments –
- As much as we may want to stay strong, trust Christ, and die bravely, we may be tempted to become fearful, especially when death in eminent in our lives or the lives of our loved ones. However, several ideas should be considered.

First, we are going to die, whether we die with fear of faith.

Second, we cannot get to Heaven without leaving Earth, nor can we have eternal life before we release this temporary life.

Third, fear of death doesn't help any of the above; it only makes things worst. Let's strive to trust God with our death and that of our loved ones. Obviously, we should make sure we have accepted Jesus as our savior by faith. And we should strive to witness to and evangelize especially our loved ones. Heaven and eternal life are only for those who are saved.

Conclusion: It is my prayer that this material has not simply been interesting. The hope is that you have prayerfully studied it and engaged in some serious soul searching.

The ultimate aim is for us to be doers of God’s will – mature disciples of Christ. Let’s continue to work on being both fearless (i.e., in relation to this world) and faithful (i.e., in relation to God’s will). God has much for those who obey His will.  

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