Hell Is Real and Not Funny

Hell Is Real and Not Funny

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Title: Hell is Real and Not Funny
Speaker: Pastor Greg Pollak

Introduction

  • Pew Research
    • 2016 Poll – only 60%. Of mainline Christians believe in hell
    • 2016 Poll – 82% of Evangelicals believe in hell
  • There are consequences in the next life for not believing in Jesus Christ and repenting in this life
  • Hell is a real place and not funny
  • Real people hearing this message today are heading there
  • , we should have a concern for those heading to hell
  • – the Pharisees who opposed Christ were on their way to hell
  • The number 2 is very important in this sermon.  There are two options, heaven or hell.

   Sermon Outline

  • Two Men (vs. 19-21)
    • The Rich Man (vs. 19)
      • A show off, a person who lived luxurious lifestyle at the expense of others
      • A reference to the Pharisees because they put their trust in their money
    • Lazarus (vs. 20)
      • A poor man who needed help
      • Laid at the gate of the rich man
      • Covered with sores desiring the crumbs of the rich man
      • The dogs had more compassion toward him than the rich man
    • The rich man is showing off and the poor man is waiting for crumbs
  • Two Destinations (vs. 22-26)
    • Abraham’s Bosom
      • Referred to as Paradise in
    • Hades (Hell) ()
      • A dark place
      • A place of torment
      • A place of anguish and flame
  • Two Requests (vs. 24,27-28)
    • Have mercy (vs. 24)
      • Mercy was available while the rich man was on earth, he never wanted it
      • Those who don’t know Christ who are still living are receiving the grace and mercy of God because they still have opportunity to believe and avoid hell
      • There is no second chance in hell ()
    • Warn Them (27-28)
      • “warn” to testify that hell is real!
      • We too should want to warn people we want to avoid hell, but we have to do it in this life, no opportunities after death
  • Two Applications (vs 29-31)
    • Hell is real and it’s not funny
      • Don’t wait to tell people
      • Don’t wait to make a decision for Christ
    • Genuine Faith in Jesus is through His Word
      • Study it out, be sure.  Your very life is at stake.

Questions for Reflection

  • Do you believe in heaven and hell?  Why or why not?
  • Do you know people who are heading to hell?  Whom and why?
  • How long do we as Christian’s have an opportunity to warn people about hell?
  • If you have not put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, why not?  Are you not concerned about the realities of hell? Why not?
  • What would you tell someone who does not believe hell is a real place with real consequences?

19 “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’” (ESV)

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (ESV)

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. (ESV)

10:1 Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (ESV)

14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. (ESV)

42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (ESV)

23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. (ESV)

But you, you are to be feared!
Who can stand before you
when once your anger is roused? (ESV)

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand? (ESV)

26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ (ESV)

6:1 Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says,

“In a favorable time I listened to you,
and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”

Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (ESV)

17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (ESV)