The Most Upsetting Verse in the Bible

May 29, 2016 Speaker: Douglas Hornok Series: God's Greatest Hits

Topic: Everlasting Punishment Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 1:9

The Most Upsetting Verse in the Bible
2 Thessalonians 1:9
Most of us focus our attention on the verses that comfort and encourage - and with good reason! We meditate on the love of God and His grace toward sinners. But what about the passages that deal with the eternal punishment of the unsaved? Paul's second letter to the Christians at Thessalonica contains one of the most jaw dropping, gut wrenching truths in all scripture: "They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord." This verse reminds us all that hell is real and terrible. It is the fate of those who reject God. Evangelicals agree about this unhappy truth. Yet some questions about hell cause disagreements to arise. Some evangelicals believe the wicked will experience perpetual, conscious torment after death. Others argue that the wicked will experience a limited period of conscious punishment and then they will cease to exist. This Sunday we will look at this most challenging of issues.

INTRODUCTION: The Issue of Hell -

EXPOSITION: 2 Thessalonians 1:3-10

A. A Church to Boast about:

· Faith is growing
· Love increasing
· Perseverance and Faith enduring

B. The Foundation for it all: “God is just”

C. Christ’s Second Coming: “revealed”

· From heaven
· In blazing fire
· With powerful angels

D. The Results of “Christ Second Coming”

· Relief for the people of God: “absence of tension, trials, to let up”

· Retribution for those who:

“Troubled” Christians
“Do not know God”
“Did not obey the gospel”

E. Three Questions:

§ Why?
§ Who?
§ How?

CONCLUSION: Two Reminders:

o In Heaven we will have the mind of God

o Today if you hear God’s voice – “Harden not your heart!”

(This outline is provided to assist you in understanding and applying this morning’s message. Fourth in a series of messages on The Most.. Additional space is provided for notes. CD’s of this message are available through the Church or on line: MidvalleyBibleChurch.com MBC 5/29/16)

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