Category Archives: Heaven

Why A Biblically Robust Gospel is Essential To The People of God

What is the Gospel? How we answer that question says a lot.

For many people the Gospel is that Jesus came to die for my sins so that when I die I can go to be with God in heaven forever.

There is a lot of truth in that summation but we have to examine things a bit further.

What is your view of sin, for instance. Is sin a big deal to you? Is sin only important because it keeps us from heaven (later on) or is sin important now? If you have a low view of sin, it seems to me, you would also have a low view of salvation. If sin isn’t much of a big deal then salvation doesn’t seem to be much of a big deal.

Jesus thought sin was a big deal. The first words out of his mouth in Mark tells us to repent (of our sins) because the kingdom of God is near. Mark says this was Jesus’ “good news” (Gospel) message.

The Gospel has something to do with forgiveness of sins. That means sin has to be a big deal to God and then to us.

Next is dying and going to heaven. What is your view on heaven and hell? Just as many Christians are seeing sin as less and less a big deal, many Christians are also believing less and less in the reality of hell. Our view of the judgment of God and of the reality of hell affects our gospel.

What is our view of heaven? Is heaven a disembodied existence in the clouds or is it something more? How we view heaven affects our gospel. If you think your whole life is about being somewhere else doing something else then it isn’t easy to see how the gospel affects our lives now (and it does).

All of this affects our view of making disciples and evangelism. Even deeper than that, these things can also reflect how we see the Scriptures. Are they just good advice to be consulted on an as needed basis or are they something more? Do the scriptures have authority in any way, shape or form or they just another book among many to be read and applied in a convenient manner?

These are important questions and they are all interrelated. How we view God, the Bible, and how we define the Gospel all have an impact on how we live and whether or not we reach the lost. If we compromise our view of scripture we compromise the gospel. If we compromise the gospel we compromise our mission

More and more we need good biblical teaching in our churches. We need sound foundations put in place based on a high regard for the Word of God and a reliance on the work of the Spirit.

Alexander Campbell Sounds a Lot Like N.T. Wright on the New Heavens, New Earth and Resurrection Body

This quote is from Alexander Campbell’s book “The Christian System” published in 1839, “The Bible begins with the generations of the heavens and the earth; but the Christian revelations ends with the regenerations or new creation of the heavens and the earth. This the ancient promise of God confirmed to us by the Christian Apostles.Continue Reading

Finally Read Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright

I finally got around to reading Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection and the Mission of the Church by N.T. Wright on the trip to Bakersfield this weekend. The book could have been called “Surprised by What the Bible Actually Says About Heaven and Resurrection and What That Has to do with the MissionContinue Reading

Disney World and Longing for Heaven

As a parent of a two year old and a four year old, I can’t exactly say that everything about the last few days we spent at Disney reminded me of heaven. The heat, aggravated people, and cost of it all might just call to mind another place quite opposite of heaven. But in allContinue Reading

The Joy of Kids

Yesterday Jonah told me he wanted to be a pirate. He brought his red cape to me and asked if I would tie it around his head. He then made a makeshift sword and started saying “Arrrrr…” Then Elijah got in on the act. He put on a Santa Claus hat and told me heContinue Reading

Verses on Heaven: What We Will and Won’t Do There as Well as What Heaven is Like

What is heaven? Heaven is God’s dwelling place (Deut 26:15) Home of angels (Gen 28:12, Rev 4 & 5) Home of the deceased righteous (2 Kings 2:1, Rev 6:9-11) Ultimately the place of all the redeemed – 1 Thess 5:10, John 14:1-4  What will we do in heaven? Recognize people – Luke 9:30 (recognizing theContinue Reading

Heaven: I Have Questions…

I am teaching a class on heaven right now and thought I would share a bit along the way. When I just sit and let my mind think about heaven there are a lot of thoughts that come to mind. Just like with any place I have never been, when I hear mention of it,Continue Reading

Lesson on Heaven by A Two Year Old

Jonah is one of the greatest theologians I know. I am talking about my two year old, not the prophet in the Old Testament. This morning I was getting him dressed to attend Bible class and the worship assembly (my attempt to stop calling that hour on Sunday “church”) and he asked if he wasContinue Reading

Tim Challies’ Review of Rob Bell’s Book “Love Wins”

Thanks to Terry for pointing out Tim Challies recent review of Rob Bell’s new book. I have a lot of respect for Tim Challies but even if I didn’t, he quotes Bell’s book in numerous places in his review and Bell says some very troubling things. Tim is not one to take things out ofContinue Reading

Storing Up Lasting Treasure – Luke 12:32-34

“32“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where yourContinue Reading


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