Die is gain


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Why are we afraid of death? There are some good reasons to look to death as a plus.

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Die is gain

  1. 1. To Die is Gain Philippians 1:21-2321 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
  2. 2. Death is Scary For most, death is frightening Death is unknown, feared, awful Paul sees some advantages in dying
  3. 3. Death Frees Us From: Sin Sin is missing the mark Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Sin is crossing the line 1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the
  4. 4. Death Frees Us From: Sin Sin is missing the mark Sin is crossing the line When death comes – sin stops! Romans 7:1 Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives?
  5. 5. Death Frees Us From:Sin Is it real? Is it all worth it? Doubt John doubted in prison Have we “wasted” our faith on a myth? When death comes – What if there is nothing else? All doubts end at death.
  6. 6. Death Frees Us From:Sin We are tempted – enticed to sinDoubt By Satan Temptations By situations By people By greed By selfishness At death all temptation to sin will end.
  7. 7. Death Frees Us From:Sin 3 Kinds of Enemies: People we dont likeDoubt People who dont like usTemptations People who mis- understand each other Enemies Matthew 5:44a But I say to you, love your enemies
  8. 8. Death Frees Us From:Sin Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as much asDoubt depends on you, live peaceably with allTemptations men. Enemies Enemies are a normal part of life in a sinful world Death will separate us from our enemies
  9. 9. Death Frees Us From:Sin We are tested – tried – challenged by ourDoubt sufferings Inter-personalTemptations EconomicEnemies Natural disasters Sufferings World events Life is not easy
  10. 10. Death Frees Us From: 1 Corinthians 10:13 NoSin temptation has overtaken you except such as isDoubt common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allowTemptations you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but withEnemies the temptation will also make the way of escape, Sufferings that you may be able to bear it. Death ends our suffering.
  11. 11. Death Frees Us From:Sin The last enemy has been conqueredDoubt 1 Corinthians 15:26Temptations The last enemy that will be destroyed isEnemies death.Sufferings There is nothing left to fear, dread or Fear of Death overcome.
  12. 12. To Die is GainSin DoubtTemptations EnemiesSufferings Fear of DeathAND THERE IS MORE TO THINK ABOUTWHY DREAD THAT WHICH WE DESIRE ABOVE ALL ELSE?