A number of people have said how helpful they found this weeks Sunday morning sermons, where we looked at what the Bible teaches about what happens to a believer when they die. However, several people also said that they struggled to get down all of the Bible references and asked whether I could include them in a blog - so here goes! Just to be clear that none of this will make any sense without the sermon itself, which if you're interested you can listen to here.
What happens to us when we die - Luke 23:43, 2 Cor 5:8, Phil 1:23
The Bible doesn't teach purgatory - Rom 8:1, Luke 23:43
The Bible doesn't teach "soul sleep" - Luke 16:19-31, Rev 6:9-11, Luke 23:43
The second coming of Christ - 1 Thes 4:13-18
Resurrection bodies - 1 Cor 15:42-29, John 20:19-27, John 21:11-15
Judgement of non believers - Rev 20:11-15
Judgement of believers - 1 Cor 3:11-15
New heaven and new earth - Rev 21:1-5
I also suggested people getting a Study Bible (I use the NIV, but there are lots of other good ones available - lots of my friends rave about the ESV Study Bible), Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology and commentaries on specific books of the Bible (for those new to commentaries I'd particularly recommend those by Tom Wright - I'm working through his commentary on Romans at the moment).
I'd also definitely recommend listening to Canon Andrew White from Sunday evening too. I felt he served us so well in what he said. I can still smell the Smith Wigglesworth anointing oil on my hands (for those not there Andrew met up with Smith Wigglesworth's Great Grandson recently and he gave him the last known bottle of the oil Smith Wigglesworth used for anointing people).
Hope you're having a great week,