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May 5, 2019

Sermon: The Afterlife: As Hope

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Ezekiel 40:1-2; 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:2

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands;

The Vision of the New Temple

In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was struck down, on that very day, the hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me there. He brought me, in visions of God, to the land of Israel, and set me down upon a very high mountain, on which was a structure like a city to the south.

Living by Faith So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling—

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
The Afterlife: As Hope
Ezekiel 40:1-2; 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:2

I. Introduction: Wizard of Id
II. Series: The Afterlife
III. The afterlife in contrasts (2 Cor. 4:16-5:2)
     A. Outer vs. inner nature (4:16)
     B. Momentary affliction vs. eternal glory (4:17)
     C. The seen/temporary vs. unseen/eternal (4:18)
     D. Earthly tent vs. building from God (5:1)
         1. Echo of Ezekiel (Ez. 40-43)
             a. Context (573 BC)
             b. Vision (40:2)
             c. God’s glory comes (43:4)
         2. Our new bodies as the building from God
IV. Observations about the afterlife (2 Cor. 4:17-5:1)
     A. It’s not like here (4:18)
     B. It’s tremendous beyond description (4:17)
     C. We will have new bodies (5:1)
V. What should we do? (2 Cor. 4:16-5:2)
     A. Know that trials will come (5:2)
     B. Look to the unseen/eternal (4:18)
     C. Do not lose heart (4:16)
VI. Conclusion: Dr. Eben Alexander (1953- )


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