8/26/18 – I Can Only Imagine – Knowing The End Changes The Now

Unfortunately, due to a technical error we do not have a copy of this week’s sermon for the podcast. Below are the sermon notes for this week.

1 Corinthians 15:50-58 ESV
50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O death, where is your victory?O death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

A.Salvation is being delivered & rescued from the consequences of sin in the future and the control of sin now through faith in the work of Jesus Christ.
B.Sanctification is the process by which we cooperate with the Holy Spirit to see our lives look more like Jesus.
C.Glorification happens when Jesus returns, and God conforms followers of Jesus perfectly into the image of Jesus as they receive the making “new” of their bodies.
D.Glorification is instantaneous as God does in a millisecond what we could not have done in an eternity of trying.

A.The return of Jesus will be signaled with a trumpet blast, telling us it’s time to go and announcing the arrival of King Jesus.
B.The trumpet will also signal it is time to receive our fully glorified bodies.
C.The trumpet blast will signal the beginning of Jesus’ victorious eternal reign.

A.Paul freestyles dis lyrics about death that show death has been beaten and lost its power.
B.Jesus defeated death not just by rising from the dead, but by crippling sin and the Law, death’s power sources.
C.Death is nothing to fear anymore, in Christ.

A.People who are convinced about the resurrection after death, are stable and steadfast in life before death.
B.The worst testimony against Christians is not how we handle life but how we fear death. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17)

A.In our natural state, we are not fit for the presence of God.