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Heaven: How Do We Get There?

The way to heaven is as simple as A, B, C, and D.

From the Editor:

In a recent interview with PreachingToday.com, Haddon Robinson said, "We want to reach people, but the clear terms of the gospel are seldom enunciated. It's probably an exaggeration, but I don't think in my lifetime I've heard twenty messages that I would say were clear gospel messages. If you didn't know any jargon, didn't have any religious background—if you came to church and wanted to know how to have a relationship with a holy God—the sermon would not tell you." If you've struggled with an effective way to offer a clear gospel call to your people, perhaps our featured sermon by Bob Russell will be of help. Toward the end of his sermon on heaven, Russell succinctly offers an outline for conversion: admit, believe, confess, and demonstrate.

Introduction

Which of God's commandments would you say is the most difficult for you to obey? I'm sure some of you would say, "Well, the commandment not to lie is difficult because if you're in a tight spot and you can twist the truth just a little, it's hard not to lie." Some of you might say, "Well, the commandment not to covet is really difficult to obey in a materialistic society. If somebody you know gets richer or they achieve a status that you want for yourself, it's hard not to be jealous of them." Some of you might point to Jesus' command in the New Testament not to lust as one being very difficult to obey in a sensual society. Or what about Paul's commandment in Philippians 2: "Don't complain about anything"? Some of you think complaining is your spiritual gift. It's hard to obey that one.

I think one of the hardest commandments to obey is this one: "Don't let your hearts be troubled." There's so much to be troubled about: the war in Iraq, the immigration ...

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Robert Russell is a speaker, chairman of the board of the Londen Institute, and author of When God Builds a Church (Howard).

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

One of the hardest commandments to obey is this one: "Don't let your hearts be troubled."

I. We can trust Jesus with our future.

II. Put your hope in heaven.

III. Jesus is the way to heaven.

IV. Getting to heaven is as simple as A, B, C, and D.

Conclusion

Don't let your heart be troubled; trust in Christ.