Where Are the Dead?

“God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only choice is how.” (Life Thoughts, Henry Ward Beecher)

In October 2010, I preached a series of sermons entitled, “What Happens After We Die?” Our theme verse for the month was David’s prayer in Psalm 39:4, “O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!”

Ecclesiastes 12:7 tells us that “the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.”   Physical death is not the end of our existence.   It is simply the separation of our perishable bodies from our imperishable spirits.

  • But what happens after this separation?
  • Where are those men and women who have already experienced physical death?
  • What should we make of Jesus’ parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31?
  • What is meant when we read of Sheol in the Old Testament and Hades in the New Testament?
  • What did Jesus mean when he said that God is not the God of the dead, but of the living?

Other lessons in the “What Happens After We Die?” series of sermons include:

For more interactive outlines and mp3 recordings, be sure to visit the Sermons archive.

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