Week 6 into our Foundations series we were talking about Heaven & Hell.
To recap, at Celebration Church we believe in a real Heaven and a real Hell.
We spent some time going through different descriptions, images, characteristics of both places as we find in Scripture. And as I encouraged on Sunday, test everything – test what you heard on Sunday, test what you hold onto as your belief of these places, test it with your circle of friends and family, and most importantly – test it against Scripture.
If you would like to relisten to the sermon, it is available on HERE.
To put it simply, we get caught up with the idea of “How can a good God send people to hell?” but the thing is God loves us too much to take away our free will. He allows us the freedom and the opportunity to choose. It is a choice that is available for everyone to make – choose God or reject God, choose life or choose death.
We also have to keep in mind that Heaven is not the reward – Christ is! We are made to worship and we are made to be in unity with God – and to do that we have to become Christ-like and to be where He is, which is Heaven. Heaven is just part of the package of the reward.
God has made a way for everyone to be made clean, He has made a way to wipe away all the sins so that everyone can be reconciled to Himself. This is a gift that must be accepted and received though. God will never force it on anyone, but makes it available to everyone.
And this is what God wants people to choose, he does not desire ANYONE to perish but rather EVERYONE to come to life.
This Sunday I ended with the following verse which captured me and I believe we need to take to heart – for our own lives and for those around us.
2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
That is God’s desire – to see people repent and be saved and be gifted with eternal life.
May our heart break for what breaks God’s heart, and may we move to action to love those around us into a right relationship with God.
This coming Sunday we are wrapping up our Foundations series which will include a recap on the past weeks as well as allow an opportunity for questions to be answered. If you have further questions on any of the topics, things we did not cover or things you require more clarity on, please email myself or Fred by the end of today (Tuesday – February 9th) and we will do our best to address your questions. Cam – email@example.com or Fred – firstname.lastname@example.org