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Heaven is only for Christians

John 14:1-6, Philippians 3:3-8, Vincent Tracey, September 16, 2017

Sermon Notes:


  • Introductory Comments
  • Speaking on Heaven
    • v1-3
  • Anniversary services are looking back - we are to now to look forward
    • The greatest promise of all is the promise of heaven
    • We are living in fearful days
    • Jesus says (in this context) - look up
  • Looking at heaven
    • Reading v1-6


  • Is a real place
    • Paul, John and Steven had a vision of heaven
    • Old Testament: Daniel had a vision of heaven
  • Jesus came from heaven
    • He came to bring us to heaven - to save us
  • Is where we go when we die [as Christians]
    • v1-2
    • Jesus will bring us to Himself
  • Is for "you"
    • Is that 'you'?
    • Are you going to be there?
  • Is only for Christians
    • This makes the gospel paramount
    • Only the true born again will be in heaven, says the Scriptures
      • John 3:3
    • This is why you must become a Christian
    • Why is the Christian gospel restrictive?
      • No-one deserves salvation
      • Salvation is only by Christ (v6)
        • "I am the way"
    • You must have the Spirit of God
      • You must be born again
      • Christ must be in us
    • Quote from William Gurnow
    • Belief in God and belief in Christ
  • The picture of heaven in Scripture
    • Real
    • Is at hand
    • There is a God in heaven - Isa 57
    • The dwelling place of God
  • The Christian's home
    • My Father's house
    • It is our home - Psalm 23
    • Our Father
  • For you
    • What a promise!
    • Example of Tony
  • No confidence in the flesh - Phil 3:3-8
    • How can I get there?
    • That I might be found in Christ - Phil 3:9
  • Jesus is the only way into heaven
    • He is the way
    • He is the door
    • Example of a hymn
    • By faith in Him (only)
    • It is not 'I did it my way' - but only Christ's way
    • Example of another hymn
  • What you need to know:
    • Are you going there?
    • Are you a real Christian?
    • What assurance do you have?
  • v1-3
    • A waterproof promise
    • Our names are recorded in heaven [as Christians]
    • We are glorified [as Christians]
    • Nothing can prevent us for reaching heaven [as Christians]
    • What hope and certainty (only for Christians)
  • If you are not a Christian, you are on the road to hell (now)
    • The only way to enter heaven is through Jesus Christ
  • Every Christian should have assurance, certainty and joy
    • Listen to God
    • Jesus is there in heaven interceding for us
    • Example of the thief on the cross
    • Heaven rejoices when a sinner repents and calls upon the Lord
    • Heb 10:19 - having boldness/confidence
  • The Gospel is simple
  • Example of Scotsman
    • 2 Chr 33
    • 2 Chr 33:10-13
  • Example of little boy

Closing Remarks

Sermon Passage:

John 14:1-6

1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)

Philippians 3:3-8

3For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. 4Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 7But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, (KJV)

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