Sermon Outline for John 5:19-29. Theme: The free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord
1. Eternal life as a ________________ ___________________.
A. Eternal life is present now in Christ.
B. Those possessing this life experience its effects in some measure.
2. Eternal life as a new ____________ of _________________.
A. An attempt to describe how far reaching is this passing from death to life.
B. How do we experience eternal life in our present lives?
3. Eternal Life as a ____________________ __________________.
A. Humans were created as souls with bodies. Sin killed both.
B. Three reasons glorified souls are incomplete w/o glorified bodies.
Questions for Study
The NT has many references to eternal life beside the one we have in John 5. See for example Matthew 19:27-30; Romans 6:1-14; 8:18-25; I Corinthians 15; II Corinthians 5; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:4-7; Hebrews 12:22-24; I Peter 1:3-8; I John 1-5; Revelation 7:9-17; 21-22. Additionally, every Scripture that speaks of living out the Christian faith & life describes living out the eternal life in our life here.
Here are some OT Scriptures describing eternal life, or the experience of eternal life: Psalm 16:11; 17:15; Isaiah 2:1-5; 11:1-16; 35:1-10; 65:17-25; Jeremiah 31; Ezekiel 36:22-37:28; 40:1-48:35.Hosea 14; Joel 3; Amos 9:11-15; Micah 4:1-5:15; Zephaniah 3:9-20; Haggai 2:9; Zechariah 9:14-17; 10:6-12; 14:1-21. What does the presence of so many Scriptures dealing with eternal life tell us?
What does eternal life look like in everyday practice as to our outlook on life, our work ethic, our treatment of others, our willingness to endure hardship & press on?
Why is eternal life in Christ be qualitative as well as quantitative? Put otherwise, why must it be more than simply living forever? Genesis 3:22-24