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The Horrors of Hell

One Minute After You Die

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Key Scriptures

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Matthew 7:13-14 NIV

And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Revelation 20:10 NIV

He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord ...
2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 NIV

“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ ... He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’”
Luke 16:19-24, 27-28 NIV

“... they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. ...”
Revelation 14:10-11 NIV

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 NIV

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 NIV

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.
Romans 5:8-9 NLT

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
John 10:10 NIV

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • On a scale of 1-10, how comfortable do you feel with your understanding of Hell? Explain your answer.
  • Where have most of your views of Hell come from?

Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.

  • Pastor Craig said, “What you believe about eternity determines how you live today.” How does this apply to Hell?
  • What are some reasons you or others struggle to believe Hell exists?

Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.

  • Read Matthew 17:13-14. What point does it seem Jesus is trying to get across through this imagery?
  • Examine your last few weeks. What does your life say about what you believe about eternity? Is there anything you want to change?
  • What’s the first practical step you can take this week to live, love, and serve with eternity in mind?

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

God, we believe You are good. Thank You for giving us choice. Thank You for giving us Jesus. Thank You for access to You and Your love and grace forever. Inspire us to love everyone we can with Your practical grace and truth that promises eternal life. Amen!

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Ask someone you’re close to what they believe about Heaven, Hell, and eternity. Share with them what you believe.
  • For further exploration, consider reading The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis.
  • Keep digging into what the Bible says about eternity with this Bible Plan:

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