Hell No! - Heaven, Hell, And Christianity

Hell No!


She was laid up in St. Josephs, wedded to a morphine pump and an oxygen tank. This was not to be.

Sara was a high profile commercial real-estate lawyer in New York City, making money hand over fist. Success came with a significant price tag – long hours, weekends for stellar clients, exacting precision in hammering out huge contracts. She was respected as a smooth-as-silk and tough-as-nails negotiator. Dr. Wagner was at the top of her game, had the world at her feet – until into her life – to end it all – came cancer.

She was down to her last minute. Breathing was labored. Her parents and her brother were at her bedside. Her chest heaved for one last time, and then the heart monitor went flat.

But Sara was regaining consciousness.

How long it took for her to survey her surroundings, she did not know. Angry shouting, high-pitched wailing in a twilight world were her first impressions.

Could this be? Was it true? Was this hell?

 

The Doctrine of Hell

“Of all the doctrines of Christianity, hell is the most difficult to defend, the most burdensome to bear, and the first to be abandoned,” writes Professor Peter Kreeft of Boston College.

We all struggle with the doctrine of hell. Despite how difficult the notion of hell is, we don’t abandon it.

Mark Galli, the editor of Christianity Today, writes,

“If it was left up to me, I would probably eliminate hell from our vocabulary because it does present seemingly insurmountable problems. But Jesus does talk about it as a reality, and he doesn’t seem to have any doubts about it.”

 

Jesus Spoke About Hell

Indeed, Jesus spoke unflinchingly about the reality of hell. In fact, Jesus speaks more often of hell than he does of heaven.

In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, we hear Jesus referencing Abraham as he speaks to the rich man. Notice in contrast to Lazarus who is named and lying in the arms of Abraham and “the rich man,” who has no name.

He refers to “a great chasm has been set in place so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.” (Luke 16: 26). Eternal separation from God and His goodness is hell.

 

A Game-Changer

In football, an interception can be of such magnitude that it becomes a game-changer.

If, as many religious sociologists would contend, that 80 percent of Americans are non-professing, non-believing, non-Christians, then those like Sara who are on their way to hell are literally within reach of the local church. What we need is a game-changer.

MyLife-Workshop is a game-changer! It intercepts people on their downward trajectory away from God and in connecting them with Christ.

What makes MyLife-Workshop so useful like a life vest thrown to the drowning?

It is a course that is relevant to the secular person because it taps into their lives (predicated on narcissism). MyLife-Workshop is a pain-based approach to evangelism, which means that it is the emotion that leads to cognition that leads to faith. As such, it is holistic.

MyLife-Workshop is interactive, allowing participants to openly share their dreams and disappointments with one another. It is not a cookie-cutter course, with questions posed that lead to predetermined answers. The self-discovery and the developmental aspect of the course serve to make each participant’s MyLife-Map unique to them – and to the beauty of the gospel for them.

And, because MyLife-Workshop is powerpoint driven, it is easy to use, especially for those us who are not great communicators or do not have the gift of evangelism

As a church leader, Jesus is building his body through you, “and the gates of hell cannot stand against it (Matt 16:16). With MyLife-Workshop, you have a tool that can be a game-changer for people like Sara.


Why We Share The Gospel

Why We Share The Gospel


If you were around me this week, you know what you would hear me say?

 “Hey, I have a new grandson! He’s the most beautiful baby you could ever imagine. Let me tell you about Theo . . .”

I don’t know about you, but I can’t keep beauty to myself. Those that met Jesus couldn’t keep him to themselves either. In every way, Jesus was captivating.

Meeting Jesus

Philip meets Jesus for the first time, and he immediately goes to tell his friend Nathanael (John 1:45). 

The ostracized woman at the well meets Jesus and is blown away. She goes back to her village and shares her good news: “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” (John 4:29). 

The man, healed after thirty-eight years of paralysis, “went away and told them that it was Jesus who healed him” (John 5:15). 

On and on it goes. Encountering Jesus, then and today, is meeting up with truth, power, and beauty.

Sharing Jesus Today

Today, we are still sharing about Jesus, just like the people who met him while he was on earth. But why are compelled to share?

 

Beauty

We share the Gospel because we have been impacted by beauty beyond imagination. No one has had an encounter with God in Christ that we have had. 

We all have our own story of how we were transformed by the Gospel, and God will put people in our path that need to hear it. There is power in our testimony. Share it. And in sharing our unique stories, we show how we have been restored and made beautiful in Jesus.

 

Truth

We share the Gospel because it’s true. Jesus is indeed the source of all that we cannot give ourselves – forgiveness, new life, adoption into His family, purpose in life that goes being this life, truth, and joy.

Good News

We share the Gospel because it is good news. Daily we are inundated by evil, sad, and painful stories. The Gospel is the truth of a God who became a man to die in our place to give us the life that God has purposed for us. That’s worth passing on.

To Give Comfort To Others

We share the Gospel because we can’t stand the pain that others are enduring who don’t know God. Jesus is the ultimate source of comfort and healing. We want our friends and family to know him. 

Which of your family members, friends or neighbors have yet to experience the hope and comfort that God offers?

Because We Are God’s Spokespeople

We share the Gospel because that’s what followers of Jesus are called to do. Jesus gave us the commission to go and make disciples of all peoples (Matt 28: 19). Doing what Jesus asks us to do is our way of loving him.

 

It Strengthens Our Faith

Nothing teaches a fisherman like fishing. Interacting with non-believers and sharing the good news helps us strengthen our faith, have greater confidence, and deepens our walk with God.

“…hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus” (Philemon 5–6).

With all these reasons to share the Gospel, who do you want to share it with first?

If you need help sharing the Gospel, MyLife-Workshop can equip you. The six-week course leads people who are far from God to look at their lives in a new and fresh way. In doing so, they begin to see the Gospel emerging from their timeline. 

If you love people, love Jesus and long for ways of bringing them into connection with one another, MyLife-Workshop is just right for you.


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