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After Life – Current Message Theme

While we may think about heaven, hell, and the after life, there is much we do not understand about how it all works after this life. In this message series theme, we will dig into the specifics of death, heaven, hell, and eternity. Let’s talk about the After Life together.

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Is Hell Real?

We continue our AFTER-Life theme this weekend with a message on Hell. It’s a difficult subject for more than a few reasons. In fact, I think this is only the third time in 25 years that I’ve preached an entire sermon about it. I’ve mentioned hell many times (even doing so last week). However, to devote an entire message to this is something distinct. Do you know that Jesus uses a word for hell that that no one else does?…

Do I Have A Soul?

As we continue our series on The After Life, join us in Traditional Worship as Pastor Chris Bryant shares the message, “Do I Have a Soul?” Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians shares of what could be described as a near-death experience where he is “caught up in the third heaven.” Let’s dig into this puzzling scripture together as we discuss the existence and purpose of our souls. Key Texts: 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 (NLT), 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 (NLT)

Preparing for the Trip of a Lifetime

What exactly does heaven look like? The Bible offers many descriptions of the after life and of heaven specifically. It’s magnificent in splendor, beauty, and wonder. You are invited to worship with us as we talk about The Trip of a Lifetime with Randy Sherrill, our Associate Lay Leader, sharing the message. Key Text: John 14:1-4 NIV

The Cloud of Witnesses

As we remember those who have gone before us on this All Saints Day, let us be inspired by the faithfulness of those whom we have lost. While we grieve from our loss, let us celebrate their faithfulness to God and be encouraged that we too would be counted in that Great Cloud of Witnesses in heaven. Key Text: Hebrews 11:32-12:2 ESV

The Church in 2063

Today our “Seeing Ahead” theme concludes with a look far ahead, forty-three years from now. It was forty-seven years ago, that our current sanctuary was built. What will ministry and mission look like when our “new sanctuary” turns ninety years old? What lessons are important for us to learn today in order for RUMC to be thriving then? Key Text: Mark 2:21-22 NIV

The CHurch in 2043

Last week, we looked 3 years into the future. Let’s dream a little farther on Sunday as we look 13 years ahead. What will Ringgold United Methodist Church be like in 13 years? What decisions do we need to make now to prepare us for what the culture will be like in the future? Key Text: Jeremiah 1:2, 4-7; 29:11 NLT

The Church in 2023

Ringgold United Methodist Church is 175 years old this year! What will Ringgold United Methodist Church be in 3, 13, or even 43 years? Let’s look back and see ahead together as we do what needs to be done now to help us prepare for the future with God together. Key Text: Psalm 63:1-8 CEB

Taking a Rain Check

Disappointment is bound to happen. Plans will be altered. What we do when things don’t go the way we want says a lot about our faith and our character. Preparing for the rainy day means that we do what we can in advance to get ready, and it means that we embrace the rain when it comes our way.  When it rains, instead of pouting about the rain, try embracing the change of plans and do something different. Key Text:…

Save All You Can

John Wesley’s advice rings so true now for us to “save all we can.” What we do when we have prepares us for the times when we don’t have. Let’s talk about what we can learn from that advice and other proverbial wise sayings for our lives today. Key Text: Genesis 41:46-49, 53-57 (NIV)