Sermon Outline for Eternal Judgment

I’ve been doing a series on “elementary principles” based on Hebrews 5:12-6:3, so this barebones outline can be used with that section of scripture. Don’t expect anything profound (it is a barebones outline on elementary principles after all), but I hope you do find it useful in some way.

Eternal Judgment

THE DAY

  • An unknown day (Matthew 24:36).
  • A surprising day (2 Peter 3:10; Matthew 7:21-23).
  • A single day (Acts 17:30-31; Jude 6).
  • An Earth shattering day (Romans 2:5; 2 Peter 3:5-7).

THE DESTINATION

  • No purgatory, second chances, or pushing back the trial date – it’s either Heaven or it’s Hell (Matthew 25:31-33).
  • The day one dies, his or her destination is sealed (Hebrews 9:27-28).
  • For God’s people, judgment will bring mercy, and mercy will bring a crown (1 John 4:17; 1 Corinthians 9:24-25; 2 Timothy 4:7-8; James 1:12).
  • For the wicked, Hell is the destination! There’s no Hell you say? You make Jesus a liar (Luke 12:5).

THE DOCKET

  • Everybody who has ever lived will be judged together (2 Timothy 4:1; Revelation 20:12-15).
  • Everybody who has ever lived will be judged individually: Our personal secrets, personal works, personal words and our personal faith toward God (Romans 2:6; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11; Revelation 14:13; Matthew 12:36; Romans 1:16-17).
  • The evidence presented against or for us will be God’s word (John 12:48; Romans 1:16-17; Revelation 20:12-14).

THE DURATION

  • Simply put – it’s eternal!
  • Duration will be in Heaven – we will not be found innocent per say, but we will be found not-guilty of sin by the blood of Jesus.
  • Duration will be in Hell – we will be found guilty of sin and given a life-sentence, with no chance of parole.
  • Some say Heaven is eternal, but Hell is not. Same Greek word is used in Matthew 25:46 for the duration in Heaven and in Hell.
  • When it comes to eternal judgment, there are two different destinations, but the same amount of time will be spent in each.

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