Saturday, June 15, 2019

Sermon Outline

                                                                                                         “Who Wants To Go To Heaven?”

Luke 16:19-31

It seems to be such a “duh” question. Doesn’t the question beg for the answer, “me, me”? it seems absurd to think that there would be anyone who believes that there is a heaven and Hell who would not want to go to Heaven. Reality is, not everyone who does not want to go to hell, wants to go to heaven. The reason for atheism is that there are those who do not want to go to Hell but they don’t want Heaven and righteousness so they simply choose to not believe. Salvation is not about escaping hell, it’s about preparing us to spend eternity with a Holy God. Hank’s song sums up the attitude of lots of folks, “If Heaven Ain’t a Lot Like Dixie”. The rich man did not ask to leave hell, just to be comforted there. You cannot scare people out of hell. Heaven is not right for everyone. There are 3 main reasons why some people do not want to go to heaven:

I. The Way To Heaven (vv.29-31)

a. Possessions hold some people back ( Mark 10:21-22; Luke 12:18-21). God does not require a person to give up their possessions unless those possessions are a god.

b. Pride holds some people back (Mark 10:20; james 4:6; Luke 18:11-12).

c. The price holds some people back (John 12:25; matt. 10:39). It costs your life.

II. No Wickedness In Heaven (vv.25-26; Rev. 21;27; I Cor. 6:9-11)

            a. There are those who love sin (Rom. 1:28-32).

b. There are those who hate sin (Rom. 7:15) even though they may commit sin.

c. All the saved will leave sin behind. We will put off the flesh but not the heart (Rom. 7:24-25). (Note I Cor. 6:9-11) It is talking about persons who are practicing those sins with desire.

III. The Worship In Heaven

            a. The focus of worship – Jesus (Rev. 5:12-13).

b. The freedom of worship. Nothing to quench the Spirit and no traditions to hold back.

            c. The features of worship. Styles of worship will not matter.