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Baptist Church
      Pastor
 John C Browning
      Sermon for:

     June 22, 2008

        TITLE:
  Five Minutes In Hell
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Fives Minutes in Hell
Based on studies by Carl Allen

John 16:22 - 24
“So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you
will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. In that day you will no
longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you
whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in
my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”

Intro

Each year at Halloween we produce the program „House of Decision.‟ We
give the participants the chance to take a glimpse of heaven and hell. I
wonder however how many of us could use a real visit to hell.

I suppose it is a impossibility to actually take a tour of hell, but we can take
a tour via the scriptures. It is not the ideal will of God that anyone go to hell.
The Scriptures teach that hell was prepared for the Devil and his angels
(Matthew 25:41). The whole redemptive program of God is motivated by the
dual desire to save people from a destiny in hell and to save them to an
eternal fellowship with God in heaven.

Have you ever speculated concerning what you would learn if you could
make a five minute visit into the destiny of the doomed? Have you ever
examined your heart and been convicted of the calloused, cold-hearted
indifference of your heart toward the spiritual welfare of those for whom our
Lord died?

I must say to you that there have been times when I have felt, at least
momentarily, that a five minute trip to hell would be very profitable for my
ministry. I must also confess that there have been times when, if I could
have sent some of individuals to hell for five minutes and then brought them
back, that I would have done so. I say this without malice or hatred or desire
for revenge. These thoughts were motivated by a desire to help parents see
the awful danger to which they were exposing their children by and attitude
of total indifference concerning their spiritual and moral well-being.




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So today I want us to take a short Scriptural trip to Hell, so we can learn five
ways we might just be changed.

I. We would learn that hell is real:

a. Hell is not a myth or bad dream or the creation of some fantastic fiction
writer.
b. Hell was a reality to our Savior to the extent that he died on a cross to
save people from it.
c. Hell was a reality to the apostle Paul to the extent that he suffered great
privation and hardship and martyrdom that he might communicate the
saving gospel to the lost.
d. Hell was a reality to the rich man mentioned in the story by Jesus.
       i. He was in possession of his consciousness
       ii. He described his feelings
       iii. He retained his memory
       iv. He was in a hopeless condition
       v. He had a concern for his five brothers, that they might come into
       the same torment.

II. Such a trip would cause the church to be aroused from a state of
complacency:

a. The church is not a social club.
b. The church is not just a service organization.
c. The church is our Lord‟s rescue squad charged with the responsibility of
persuading people to forsake their lives of unbelief and rebellion against
God that will eventually put them in hell.
d. We greatly admire heroes.

      i. The newspapers contain stories week after week of those who have
      greatly endangered themselves to save someone form great peril.
      ii. If the members of the contemporary church really believed that all
      of those who died outside of Jesus Christ would spend eternity in hell,
      we would become a community of compassionate concern unlike
      anything the world has never seen.




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III. Such a trip would cause us to recognize the value of being genuinely
Christian in all of our conduct:

a. The most effective sermons ever preached are not those that are uttered
over the pulpit.

      i. Unless the gospel is demonstrated in life, the testimony of the lips
      and the sermon from the pulpit will have no weight or influence.

b. By referring to his disciples as the salt of the earth and the light of the
world, Jesus was emphasizing the value of influence.

      i. People will not believe in our Savior unless we demonstrate that he
      makes a difference in our lives.

c. Paul was emphasizing this truth when he said, “Therefore, if what I eat
causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will
not cause him to fall.” (1 Cor. 8:13).

      i. Our conduct must always be guided by our motive to attract people
      to our Savior.

IV. Such a trip would vastly influence our personal spiritual growth and
discipline:

a. Prayer would take on a new meaning if we realized that it brought us into
vital contact with the eternal God and that through prayer God would be able
to work his work within us so as to make us more effective in our
witnessing.
b. We would become diligent students of the divine Word that we might
more effectively meet the personal needs of those to whom we would seek to
bear a winning witness.
c. We would respond to the church with a much deeper love and with a
greater loyalty, because the church is the only institution God is depending
on for the evangelization of the world.

V. Such a trip would enable us to learn why people go to hell:

a. Luke 16:30 “They will repent”
b. People do not go to hell because of the desire or design of God.

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c. People do not go to hell because they have sinned so greatly that God is
unable to save them.
d. People got to hell because they refuse to repent.
e. People go to hell because they live a selfish life of sin.
f. People also go to hell because of our neglect to witness and to tell others
of God‟s love

      i. By obedience to our Lord‟s command to be witnesses, we become
      the means whereby people hear the Word and seek forgiveness, and
      consequently they escape an eternity of hell.

              1. For us to neglect to witness is to involve ourselves in guilt
              for their remaining in their sins.
              2. It is almost too terrible to contemplate that people go into
              eternity unprepared to meet God because of the indifference,
              unconcern, and failure to bear a witness on the part of those
              who consider themselves followers of the Lord.

CLOSING:

God does not want anyone to go to hell. He has given his Son Jesus Christ to
prevent people from going to hell. God has done all within his power to save
people. Every Christian should cooperate with him in his work of saving
people form a hopeless eternity.

If you have not yet received Christ as your Lord and Savior, do so
immediately that you might be prepared for an eternity of fellowship with
God.

Let’s Pray:




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