Discover what God says about death, dying, and life after death.
Many people are intrigued by what lies beyond death's door, but we live in an age bombarded with many conflicting views. How can we be sure of what is true?
In this eye-opening study you’ll examine the Bible’s answers about death and what comes next. As you confront the inevitability of death in the context of the promise of heaven and the reality of hell, you will be challenged to examine your heart—and in doing so, find that, in grabbing hold of the hope of eternal life, the sting of death is replaced with peace.
40 minutes a week could change your life!
The 40-Minute Bible Studies series from the teaching team at Precepts Ministries International tackles the topics that matter to you. These inductive study guides, designed to be completed in just six 40-minutes lessons with no homework required, help you discover for yourself what God says and how it applies to your life today. With the leader’s note and Bible passages included right in the book, each self-contained study is a powerful resource for personal growth and small-group discussion.
About the Author
PRECEPT MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL, founded in 1970 by Jack and Kay Arthur, has trained millions of people to discover God’s truth for themselves. The Precepts for Life radio and television programs, hosted by Kay Arthur, reach a worldwide viewing audience of over 94 million. In addition to inductive study training workshops and thousands of small-group studies across America, PMI reaches nearly 150 countries with inductive Bible studies translated into nearly 70 languages.
Read an Excerpt
We all know death is certain. Yet that certainty prompts many questions,
such as, Where is my loved one now? What is happening to him, to her?
What about those who inflicted hell on my life—will they get
what they deserve? And what awaits me on the other side of death?
We want hope. Comfort. Assurance. We want answers.
Theories abound. Different religions offer varied scenarios from reincarnation to a paradise where sensual pleasures are fulfilled by virgins at our disposal. Some say there is a place called hell; others say a loving God would not condemn anyone to hell. Some say when you are dead, you are dead; that’s the end. Others say it’s just the beginning!
An abundance of books detail the experiences of those who say they have died or had an out-of-body experience. Most describe a glorious scene that appeals to our imaginations. Others tell of torment.
Which leaves us with even more questions:
• Can we trust the experiences of other human beings?
What if they were deceived?
• Do we know heaven is for real only because someone went there and came back to tell us about it?
• Those surreal pictures of the afterlife bring either peace or consternation, but what if they are just imagination? What if death is the end
and nothing follows?
With all these options, we can choose to believe what suits us. But wouldn’t it be better to know the truth? To know what we can expect beyond death’s door? What is right? What is true? What is certain?
Surely if death comes to all, shouldn’t we find out what happens after death?
Heaven, Hell, and Life After Death is a study designed to help you see for yourself what the Bible, the Word of God, has to say on the subject. Whatever you believe about the Bible, it will be well worth your time to discover what
God Himself has to say on the subject. It might take the sting out of death!
Table of Contents
How to Use This Study v
Introduction: Heaven, Hell, and Life After Death 1
Week 1 Why Do We Have to Die? 3
Week 2 Can We Live Again After Death? 21
Week 3 What Can We Know About Resurrection? 37
Week 4 What Comes After Death for the Believer? 53
Week 5 What Comes After Death for the Unrepentant? 77
Week 6 What Can We Know for Certain About Heaven? 95
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