David Platt – The Urgency of Eternity

David Platt, India 2011- Photo David Platt (Instagram)

David Platt India

TEXT2 Thessalonians 1:8-9;  in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his mightPhilippians 3:20;  20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

The Urgency of Eternity…

Knowing this Gospel Thread…

  • Our eternal destiny hinges on our response to Jesus.
  • Hell is a dreadful reality for those who turn from Jesus. (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9)
  1. A place of continual rebellion.
  2. A place of final separation.
  3. A place of eternal duration.

Heaven is a glorious reality for those who trust in Jesus. (Philippians3:20)

  • A place of full reconciliation.
  • A place of complete restoration.
  • A place of ultimate reunion.

Will you turn from Jesus or will you trust in Jesus? (John 3:16)

  • Will you turn from Jesus?
  1. Live without Christ now.
  2. Die without Christ forever.
  • Will you trust in Jesus?
  1. Die with Christ now.
  2. Live with Christ forever.

Weaving this Gospel Thread…

  • Minimize your conversations about temporal things.
  • Maximize your conversations about eternal things.

Talking about hell…

  • Speak about God’s character with humble confidence.
  • Speak about God’s judgment with healthy fear.
  • Speak about God’s wrath with honest compassion.

Talking about heaven…

  • Talk like this world is not your hope.
  • Live like this world is not your home.
  • Talk about your anticipation of being with God.
  • Talk about your realization that dying is gain.
  • CALLing people to turn and trust…

Clarify the Gospel.

  • Ask…
  1. If they have any questions.
  2. If they have ever turned from their sin and themselves and trusted in Jesus as Savior and Lord.
  3. If they would like to turn from their sin and themselves and trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord now.
  • Let the Holy Spirit work.
  1. Invite them to call out to God to save them.
  2. Be willing to let them be alone with God.
  • Lead them as a new follower of Christ.
  1. We don’t want to manufacture decisions.
  2. We do want to make disciples.

The Church at Brook Hills…
• Do we realize people’s condition?
• Do we possess the heart of Christ?
• Do we want our lives to count?

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